Great editorial in the Washington Post about the myth perpetrated prominently by Republican presidential candidates (though by many others as well) that the border is dangerous and is seeing escalating violence. I've written about this over and over, but it bears repeating and repeating. The editorial gets it absolutely right that claiming the border needs to be "secured" first and then never admitting it is becoming more secure means you never have to tackle the more difficult issue of immigration reform.
Horror stories about an out-of-control border are untethered from the facts. They’re also irresponsible. By using the myth of escalating border insecurity as an excuse for inaction on the pressing reality of a broken immigration system, politicians perpetuate both a lie and the national disgrace of a dysfunctional policy.