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Immigrants and Crime: Separating Fact from Fiction

detention1The myth of “immigrant criminality” is a persistent one, despite research and evidence to the contrary. The Immigration Policy Center recently released a report, breaking down the myth and separating the facts from the fiction of this so-called link between immigrants and crime. IPC took to their blog to analyze two recent stories in the media that have worked to perpetuate the myth.

The perennially hot, and inflammatory, question of whether or not immigration is related to crime has yielded front-page stories in both the Washington Post and New York Times over the past two days.  In different ways, each of these stories highlights the extent to which the myth of a supposed link between crime and immigration has long been based on emotion rather than fact. Although study upon study over the past century has demonstrated that immigration is not associated with more crime, the “myth of immigrant criminality”persists.

IPC’s report, “From Anecdotes to Evidence: Setting the Record Straights on Immigrants and Crime” further dispels the myth that immigrants are criminals. Among many other findings, the report states:

Although the undocumented immigrant population doubled to about 12 million from 1994 to 2004, data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that the violent crime rate in the United States declined by 35.1 percent during this time and the property crime rate fell by 25.0 percent.1 The decline in crime rates was not just national, but also occurred in border cities and other cities with large immigrant populations such as San Diego, El Paso, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Miami.

Be sure to check out the full report here.

Janet Napolitano set to Head DHS – Reaction Roundup

In the past week its become clear that Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) is the front-runner for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Napolitano has been a controversial presence in Arizona and it has been said that Obama is tapping her based on her extensive experience around immigration. So – what does this mean?

Below is a round-up of reactions to the news from:

America’s Voice , The New York Times, The Sanctuary, The Washington Post and The Immigration Policy Center Blog – Immigration Impact.

McCain and Obama avoid the Immigration Issue

As I posted yesterday, there was absolutely no mention of Immigration during Tuesday’s Presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Plenty of other people have taken note, and are writing about it.

Latina Lista, lamenting the absence of a question on immigration during the debate, suggests what that question should be:

It’s particularly disappointing that immigration wasn’t addressed in light of another massive immigration raid that took place only 263 miles away from the debate site.

Had the candidates had time to answer a question on immigration, it should have been one question that would not have dealt with the regular issues that pit them against other members of their party like amnesty, border security or the border fence.

It would have been the one question that neither candidate has addressed but because of the situation in the country, it’s imperative that they do:

Do you support a moratorium on immigration raids?

Immigration Impact, the Immigration Policy Center’s blog, also had some words on the candidates silence regarding immigration and is ready with their own questions for Obama and McCain.

After two presidential debates and one vice-presidential showdown, the American public is still waiting to hear what John McCain and Barack Obama have to say about the elephant in the room: immigration.

Everyone from the Latino community to immigration advocates to probing journalists have been eagerly awaiting the immigration topic to be addressed by both candidates.

The debate is an opportunity for both candidates to set their records straight once and for all, including:

  • Who really was responsible for the fall of 2007’s immigration bill?
  • What should be done about the 12 million immigrants here in the U.S. without papers?
  • How will Obama and McCain address the problem of unscrupulous employers who hire workers, take advantage of them, and undercut their competitors?
  • Opponents to a path to citizenship say anything that provides legal status to those here illegally is amnesty: how do Obama and McCain define amnesty?  Do they support amnesty?  If not, what do they support?

How can Obama and McCain promise they will actually fix our immigration system rather than pass reforms that perpetuate the problem and lead to another 12 million coming in illegally in the future?

What questions would you ask the candidates? What would you like to hear them address about their positions on immigration policy?