Well shuck my grits! The primary argument of all the wall-building, border-enforcing, round-’em-up-and-ship-’em-home anti-immigration wingnuts is wrong â€” immigrants, especially those from Mexico, are less likely than your teenager to commit a crime in the United States. That’s according to a new study by a Harvard sociology prof (note: not Yale, which graduated George W.) who also found that immigrants are dis-incentivized toward crime by a desire to work, ambition and a fear of being deported.
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Tom Tancredo.
[Robert] Sampson also studied data from police records, the U.S Census and surveyed more than 8,000 Chicago residents. The study showed there was significant immigration growth, including illegal aliens-in the mid-1990s, peaking at the end of the decade.
But during that time the national homicide rate plunged. Crime also dropped in immigration hot spots, such as Los Angeles, where it fell 45 percent overall, San Jose, Dallas and Phoenix.
Sampson argues that public perception drives a large part of the debate so its easy for politicians to blame illegal immigration for driving up the crime rate. Although it is difficult to point to any data to substantiate it, not many people question it.
“There is a pretty powerful underlying current of belief in society that is pretty resistant, stubborn if you will to the facts,” Sampson said.
So much for one of the less pressing but more insidious “issues” of the current presidential campaign.