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March 16, 2017

New Sentencing Project report on "Immigration and Public Safety"

Via email, I got word that the Sentencing Project has released this new report discussing research about the impact of immigration on public safety. Here is the report's executive summary:

Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens.  Policies that further restrict immigration are therefore not effective crime-control strategies.  These facts — supported by over 100 years of research — have been misrepresented both historically and in recent political debates.

Starting from his first day as a candidate, President Donald Trump has made demonstrably false claims associating immigrants with criminality.  As president, he has sought to justify restrictive immigration policies, such as increasing detentions and deportations and building a southern border wall, as public safety measures.  He has also linked immigrants with crime through an Executive Order directing the Attorney General to establish a task force to assist in “developing strategies to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime,” and by directing the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to assist and publicize victims of crimes committed by immigrants.

By surveying key research on immigration and crime, this report seeks to enable the public and policymakers to engage in a more meaningful policy debate rooted in facts. Immigrants’ impact on public safety is a well-examined field of study.

A rigorous body of research supports the following conclusions about the recent impact of immigrants in the United States:

1. Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens.

2. Higher levels of immigration in recent decades may have contributed to the historic drop in crime rates.

3. Police chiefs believe that intensifying immigration law enforcement undermines public safety.

4. Immigrants are under-represented in U.S. prisons.

March 16, 2017 at 10:19 AM | Permalink


What about the rate of criminality of the offspring of immigrants?

Posted by: federalist | Mar 16, 2017 10:54:26 AM

Immigrants, it is not being said, have strong, intact, patriarchal families. They are more religious. Most of all, they still strongly believe in public self help.

In the 25 rampage killings at V Tech, by a lawyer protected, privileged, and empowered, extremely disturbed paranoid schizophrenia, the sole people who acted against him were immigrants. One was a Holocaust survivor who was shot to death through the class door he blocked, to save his students. The Americans went to the slaughter like lambs, as they were indoctrinated to do by the lawyer profession.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 16, 2017 8:44:20 PM


Looking at the figure on page 7 of the report, it appears that the rate is slightly less than that of children of US-born folk, though not nearly as dramatic as the difference between foreign-born individuals.

Posted by: Guy | Mar 17, 2017 9:03:12 AM

Guy. That represents a natural experiment. Get brought up in this country, have a higher crime rate. That means a crimogenic effect from this culture. Bastardy, entitlements, selfishness, greediness, most powerful of all, the American lawyer profession.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 17, 2017 1:34:03 PM

David, you must be the old "Supremacy Clause", based on your responses.

Rent seeking, bastardly, tired group of attys. etc If so or even not, youve seemed to list some of his old luster and steam. If your gonna do it, do it right.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Mar 18, 2017 12:38:52 PM

Prof. Berman called my loving criticism, attempts to save the lawyer profession, and the sweat and tears I pour into this blog every single day, "ranting." It hurt my feelings. I left, but Bill asked me to come back. So, I toned it down. I am sorry I am less entertaining.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 18, 2017 3:15:36 PM

But Bill is also no longer on this site? ?

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Mar 21, 2017 12:47:45 PM

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