Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Separating Fact From Fiction About Immigrants and Crime

An article in the ImmigrationImpact.com website debunks the myth that immigrants are more likely than others to commit crimes. The article states that:
Numerous national and state-level studies over the past hundred years have found immigrants are less likely than the native-born to commit crimes or be in prison, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher crime rates.
The article quotes from recent articles in The Washington Post, and in the New York Times. They describe the NYT article thus:
In a different vein, the New York Times today ran a story on the rising number of federal prosecutions for immigration offenses [as opposed to actual violent crimes], which the Department of Justice ostensibly has pursued with increased vigor as part of the government’s broader counterterrorism strategy. But, the story notes, while immigration prosecutions have skyrocketed over the past five years, “white-collar prosecutions have fallen by 18 percent, weapons prosecutions have dropped by 19 percent, organized crime prosecutions are down by 20 percent and public corruption prosecutions have dropped by 14 percent.” One might question the wisdom of devoting more and more resources to the prosecution of undocumented immigrants for “illegal entry” at the expense of, say, arms traffickers who actually do have an adverse impact on public safety.
As regards the last sentence - my thoughts exactly on reading that NYT article.

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