So we all know, needless to say, that immigrants who entered America illegally are an extremely violent bunch, much more likely to commit crimes then good, proper, native-born Americans. But what if what we know is actually incorrect? What if it’s actually the case that crimes rate among them is really much lower than the national average? What if it were the casethat:
I’d say that unless all of this research is a fraud, this takes the wind out of the sails of one of the most common anti-immigrant talking points.
Well, first we have to put how fingers in our hears then dig in our heals.
Next we have to attack the study, the source of it’s funding, the organization behind it.
Then we have to come up with catchy rhetoric that sounds great but means nothing.
Lastly, we need a way to vilify the people that would dare question the reality we all know to be true.
Obviously this study is inaccurate, and was funded by Mexicans that want to enter the country illegally and ruin our way of life. And obviously you hate America and want to see its bordered overrun with criminals. Why do you hate America?
I heard that areas with with high illegal immigration have lots of bad stuff happen, a buddy of mine told me that once.
ETA It also helps if you bring up how evil Europeans where, I forgot that one.
Of course, there’s a question of what is the cause and what is the effect. It may be that immigrants (both legal and illegal) prefer to go to cities with lower crime rates. What is needed is a study connecting the immigration status of individuals with their likelihood of committing crimes.
To put this into a more practical application: Canada defines drunk driving differently than the US, I believe in Canad it’s considered a felony. As a result, many Americans are turned away at the border because of a past DUI.
Now, consider 10 Canadian cities, those with a higher population of Americans would have a lower rate of DUIs because the immigration policy filtered those more likely to offend.
Going one step further. Americans in Canada illegally will be more likely to drive carefully knowing that a DUI conviction would get them discovered. And those there legally know it would get them deported.
The immigration system is set up to encourage immigrants to behave.
Maybe, though it would be kinda weird that so many cities with low crime rates just happen to abut the Mexican border if immigration wasn’t involved.
But the article does breifly address the crime-rate of immigrants apart from where they live
So if immigrants don’t have lower crime-rates, they must be much much better at getting away with it.
Its sort of bizarre. While the crazed tales of lawless western towns taken over by dirty immigrants were obviously crazy talk by xenophobes, I would’ve thought the crime rate would be somewhat higher simply because immigrants tend to be poorer and younger then the general population, and poverty and youth are generally positively correlated with criminal behavior.
Illegal immigration is all about money. US employers use illigal immigrants becasue they are cheaper and can pass the savings on to the consumer (i.e the americans that don’t like illegals). If all chicken processing staff were US citizens, the cost of chicken would double or more due to the increased labor costs. Same with restaurant prices. Same with landscaping and construction. These are out and out crappy jobs that Americans would not do without a big increase in pay and benefits. And all US citizens would end up paying for it through the increased cost of labor.
The US government, at the behest of business, have kept this gray-area, look-the-other-way policy going for decades because it provides an economic advantage to US business. Illegal immigration will be controlled once US businesses no longer enjoy the economic advantage of employing illegals.
So when Americans are ready to pay more for the things that illegals provide, US citizens will be hired in their place and paid a decent wage. Illegal immigration will then dry up–much like it is doing now with the recession.
This is an issue driven soley by business interests–not by the government. Americans also really like cheap goods and happily look the other way when they are provided by illegals. So in reality, it is the American People that drive the demand for illegals in their desire for cheap goods.
Yes, but what does that have to do with criminal immigrants and the rise in crime wherever people that are different than me settle in and lower property values, sell drugs and lead my virginal daughter into a life of prostitution and white slavery? Huh??
Or perhaps being deported instead of imprisoned. Or, if they are here illegally, getting caught and deported before they commit serious crimes.
Obviously one can slice the figures any number of ways. It would be interesting to see average numbers of crimes committed by illegal immigrants per year they were in the country.
But I still think it would be helpful to talk consistently about illegal immigrants only, if that is the point of the thread, and not mix legal residents with illegal ones. I am not aware of much widespread resistance to allowing some Indian engineer to immigrate to California because they are afraid he is going to rob liquor stores.
By whom? I suppose you mean the exploiters of the illegal immigrants, not people who defend the borders like the Minutemen. And why is it “so-called”? They crossed the border illegally, so they are illegal until they get amnesty or what not, that’s simply a fact like 2+2=4.
In addition it should be noted that the reason why Mexico has higher crime rates includes the corruption of the police and the leniency with which criminals are treated.
They ignore generational differences. The first generation may be relatively law abiding, but then **US born Hispanics are about two and a half times more likely to commit crime than than US born whites. **
A large number of criminal offenders get deported. From 1998 to 2007, 816,000 criminal aliens were removed from the United States because of a criminal charge or conviction. These figures do not include those removed for the lesser offense of living or working in the country illegally. The removal and deportation of large numbers of criminal aliens may also reduce immigrant incarceration rates because many will not return and re-offend, as is the case with many native-born criminals.