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Data journalism – border deaths

I decided to focus my investigation on the accountability project.

The first story is that murders in New York city have been falling since 1990 and are now at an all-time low.

The second story is that George Bush’s ‘Secure Fence Act’ does not seem to have had any effect on the murder rate in San Diego county California.


Since 1999, long before George Bush enacted his secure fence act (2006) in an attempt to secure the US-Mexico border, the murder rate in San Diego county has been relatively stable so why does Donald Trump think a wall will have any effect on crime near the border.

San Diego county is home to the San Ysidro border crossing into Tijuana, so If the current us president is to be believed and Mexicans are ‘bringing crime’ into areas close to the border, you would expect to see at least a small decline in the number of serious crimes (such as murders) when the border was fortified with fences and swathes of new border enforcement officers.

However, this hasn’t happened, instead the murder rate is relatively stable.

This begs the question, why does the current president think that beefed up border security will reduce crime in his country.

The only conclusions I can come to are that he either lacks the intellect to listen to his advisors or is a racist.

How to make publishable

In order to turn this into a publishable story I would attempt to secure interviews with law enforcement officials as well as questioning the people of the area about whether they think a border wall would affect the murder rate in San Diego county.