Michael Clower plays his guitar on the beach Wednesday as a U.S. Navy helicopter, top right, circles overhead less than a mile from the border with Tijuana, Mexico, in San Ysidro, Calif., on the outskirts of San Diego. As politicians say more federal troops are needed to fight rising violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, government data obtained by the Associated Press show the area actually isn’t so dangerous after all.

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