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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Immigration and Criminal Activities

There is a lot of hype and dramatization in the news regarding crime and undocumented immigrants.  Donald Trumps made unconscionable comments several days ago on this topic.  While he is getting a lot of attention, immigration reform conversations have always been been accompanied recently by speculation about immigration and the correlation of crime rates.

Last week, a tragic shooting in California gave rise to many pundits making comments about whether there are connections between crime and immigration, and whether undocumented immigrants are high-risk for committing crimes.

Thankfully, the Washington Post pointed out that Mexican-born immigrant males between the ages of 18 and 39 who do not have a high school diploma had a LOWER rate of incarceration  in 2010 than all native-born males of the same age regardless of education level – and a much lower incarceration rate than native-born American males without high school diplomas. In general, the Post reported, immigrants are one fifth as likely to be incarcerated for crimes, and analysts have found this difference is due to a lower propensity for crime overall.

The conversation and debate surrounding immigration reform will continue to be a topic of conversation in the media, especially as we move close to the 2016.  It is important that all people take the time learn the facts about immigration and criminal activity.

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