Venezuelan Crime Rate Falling As Thousands Flock Across Southern Border

A significant drop in Venezuelan crime rates has been linked to the migration of nationals away from the bankrupt state that doesn’t want those fleeing to come up (which tells you all you need to know about their character).

The Daily Mail reports that violent deaths in the socialist nation have dropped to a 22-year low despite being hell on earth. Homicides in Caracas dropped by a quarter from 2022 to 2023, with 27 murders per 100,000 people. Seven years prior, the rate was more than triple that figure at 92 homicides per 100,000.

Venezuela’s dismal economic prosperity have forced criminal gangs elsewhere with individuals and businesses unable to afford ransoms or protection money. While the Venezuelan government has cracked down on high-profile criminal groups, many have relocated across to the continent and to the U.S., where some crimes have been linked to the infamous Tren de Aragua gang, for example.

The number of Venezuelans in the U.S. has risen considerably under the Joe Biden administration. In 2018, there 394,000 Venezuelan nations in the country; by 2022, that figure had risen to 668,000.

The President has come under heavy criticism for his open border policy. The official Border Patrol Union has repeatedly distanced itself from a president who withdrew much of predecessor Donald Trump’s strict immigration policy, while anger directed at the White House has been fueled by repeated instances of migrant crime.

Some noted other examples where crime had fallen, including El Salvador.

The Biden administration has notably shifted its immigration policy in recent months ahead of November’s presidential election. An executive order was issued on June 5, 2024, to curb migrant numbers, while construction of former president Donald Trump’s border wall resumed in October 2023.

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