Monday, February 26, 2007

Immigration and (Less) Crime?

Ruben G. Rumbaut and Walter A. Ewing have written a new Immigration Policy Center report entitled "The Myth of Immigrant Criminality and the Paradox of Assimilation: Incarceration Rates among Native and Foreign-Born Men."  (click here).

Here is an abstract:

Because many immigrants to the United States, especially Mexicans and Central Americans, are young men who arrive with very low levels of formal education, popular stereotypes tend to associate them with higher rates of crime and incarceration. The fact that many of these immigrants enter the country through unauthorized channels or overstay their visas often is framed as an assault against the rule of law, thereby reinforcing the impression that immigration and criminality are linked. This association has flourished in a post-9/11 climate of fear and ignorance where terrorism and undocumented immigration often are mentioned in the same breath. However, data from the census and other sources show that for every ethnic group without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated. This holds true especially for the Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans who make up the bulk of the undocumented population. The problem of crime in the United States is not caused or even aggravated by immigrants, regardless of their legal status. But the misperception that the opposite is true persists among policymakers, the media, and the general public, thereby undermining the development of reasoned public responses to both crime and immigration.

If you disagree, check out the report and see what you think.

KJ

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2007/02/immiigration_an.html

| Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bfae553ef00d835402cb653ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Immigration and (Less) Crime?:

Comments

what drugs are you on? disagree

Posted by: harvey williams | Apr 28, 2008 11:06:19 AM

disagree they cost usa big time

our courts are spending money on ileagals

dwi driving without license and ins killing and

hurting inocent people hit and run thats not crime?


Posted by: harvey williams | Apr 28, 2008 11:10:32 AM

being a illeagal is a crime driveing without a licence insurance legal tags driveing drunk killing and hurting inocent people hit and run .forse our laws its a double standerd not legal get out of america.

Posted by: harvey williams | Apr 28, 2008 11:23:14 AM

disagree they cost usa big time

our courts are spending money on ileagals

dwi driving without license and ins killing and

hurting inocent people hit and run thats not crime?


Posted by: harvey williams | Apr 28, 2008 11:25:55 AM

disagree they cost usa big time

our courts are spending money on ileagals

dwi driving without license and ins killing and

hurting inocent people hit and run thats not crime?


Posted by: harvey williams | Apr 28, 2008 11:27:10 AM

Post a comment