Across the Divide

The disparities between El Paso and its Mexican sister city, Juárez, dramatize the importance of the rule of law.

Last year, 17 people were murdered in the Texas border city of El Paso—a strikingly low number for a city of 830,000. But the number was in keeping with a trend: from 2008 to 2012, El Paso was deemed the safest city in the United States for its size. The reality might seem surprising, given that the city is relatively poor, with a median household income of $40,800 (national average: $53,500) and a poverty rate of 23.4 percent (national average: 15.6 percent), and with a high population of immigrants. Only 21 percent of the community has a college degree, compared with 29 percent nationwide.

  • Waffle

    One of the greatest un-PC songs, ever (vintage footage):

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Check out the difference between San Diego and Tijuana.

  • Alain

    Sorry but the United States like the rest of the West discarded the rule of law a good while ago, so that cannot be the reason. Let us be clear that the rule of law means that everyone is treated the same before the law regardless of race, status, sex or whatever. I suggest it is the culture that makes the difference. I also suggest that if the population of El Paso resembled that of Chicago, not in size but in racial and ethnic make-up, things would be much the same as in Juarez.

    • xavier

      Agreed but culture can change. Look how successful the left has been apply Gramsci’s thinking. I don’t have any easy answers but the way to chnage the contemporary culture is to do a mix of arguing for it and occasional violence to make the point