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Criminal Immigrants?

Illegal immigrants, seemingly more than any other group, fall victim to scare stories and shoddy data from political pundits.  Listening to Lou Dobbs and others you’d get the impression that illegal immigrants are turning our safe American cities into gang havens and mini-failed states.  Yet once you look at actual data and put the anecdotal stories in perspective you realize that other than breaking civil (not criminal) immigration law these immigrants are remarkably law-abiding – even more so than our native population.  Check out this article from Reason Magazine. 

“If you want to find a safe city, first determine the size of the immigrant population,” says Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Massachusetts. “If the immigrant community represents a large proportion of the population, you’re likely in one of the country’s safer cities. San Diego, Laredo, El Paso—these cities are teeming with immigrants, and they’re some of the safest places in the country.”

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