In this week’s roundup: The mountain of studies that obliterate the link between immigrants and crime, hate attacks at Pride events, how white supremacy may dissolve a town’s government and more.
Donald Trump began his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants drug dealers and rapists.
He’s doubled down since becoming president, using the specter of criminality to justify separating families at the border and other immigration crackdowns.
It’s a sentiment many Americans share. A 2017 Gallup survey found 45 percent of respondents believed immigrants are making the crime situation in America worse.
That’s not true. Scores of academic studies have disproved the racist theory that immigrants, especially nonwhite ones, pose an elevated threat of criminality.
- As immigration goes up, crime goes down, according to a 2018 study from the University of Wisconsin and Purdue University.
- Increased immigration likely caused crime to decrease in most metro areas, a massive study led by a researcher at State University of New York Buffalo found.
- First-generation immigrants are far less likely to commit crime than native-born Americans, according to a Pew study.
- “Criminal conviction and arrest rates for immigrants were well below those of native-born Americans,” which holds true for both legal and undocumented immigrants, according to a Cato Institute analysis of data from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
- “Undocumented immigrants may be less likely to engage in serious criminal offending behavior (than U.S. natives),” a researcher at Texas A&M International University found. The report added that immigrants are, if anything, more likely to be victims... Read More >