Immigration and Crime

Massacre at Pittsburgh Synagogue Tied to Anti-Refugee Sentiment

Massacre at Pittsburgh Synagogue Tied to Anti-Refugee Sentiment

In a world of instantaneous news, the nation learned of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday in Pittsburgh almost in real time. As the details emerged, we discovered that 11 Jewish worshippers had been murdered by Robert Bowers, a self-described anti-Semite with a hatred for Jews, refugees, and immigrants. Shortly before […]

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Government Playing Fast and Loose With ‘Gang Member’ Label

Government Playing Fast and Loose With ‘Gang Member’ Label

There is no doubt that criminal gangs operating in the United States adversely impact the lives of many people living in communities throughout the country. However, in a nefarious act, President Trump is attempting to cast young people fleeing Central America as gang members—which is simply untrue. As the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) points […]

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Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic

Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic

The scapegoating of immigrants for crime in the United States was on full display at a February 15 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was devoted to exploring the ways in which “sanctuary” jurisdictions allegedly impede law-enforcement efforts to control the opioid epidemic. That argument is a bit of a stretch, to say […]

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A New Report Shows the Continuing Overcriminalization of Immigrants

Written by on February 9, 2018 in Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
A New Report Shows the Continuing Overcriminalization of Immigrants

After more than a century of research and analysis, it has become quite clear that immigrants are far less prone to criminal conduct than the native-born population. And yet researcher John R. Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center has recently claimed to have found evidence that exactly the opposite is true. Lott’s working paper […]

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U.S. Government Skews Terrorism Data to Add Fuel to the Anti-Immigrant Fire

Written by on January 23, 2018 in Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
U.S. Government Skews Terrorism Data to Add Fuel to the Anti-Immigrant Fire

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report which comes to a rather predictable conclusion: most of the “international terrorists” in the United States—as opposed to the domestic ones—were born in another country. At one level, this comparison is about as obvious and useful as pointing out that […]

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How Criminalizing Communities of Color Has Driven the Anti-Immigrant Narrative

How Criminalizing Communities of Color Has Driven the Anti-Immigrant Narrative

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, taken away Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans in the United States, and staged raids of 7-Elevens around the country to crack down on undocumented workers and their employers. In short, President Trump is living up to his campaign rhetoric and […]

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Nativists Can’t Back Up Their Claims on Immigration and Crime

Written by on January 3, 2018 in Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
Nativists Can’t Back Up Their Claims on Immigration and Crime

Social scientists have concluded that immigrants are far less likely than the native-born to commit serious criminal offenses or end up behind bars. More than one hundred years of research has firmly established this fact. Yet nativists still claim that undocumented immigrants pose a threat to public safety and national security. They do this in […]

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‘Sanctuary’ Policies Do Not Foster Crime, Research Shows

‘Sanctuary’ Policies Do Not Foster Crime, Research Shows

During its first ten months in office, the Trump administration has made aggressive immigration enforcement a priority. One of the areas in which this approach was crystalized was around so-called sanctuary jurisdictions—communities across the country that have adopted ordinances that explicitly curtail cooperation with the federal government regarding immigration enforcement. The Trump administration has been […]

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Trump Scapegoats Immigrants with Creation of Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement

Trump Scapegoats Immigrants with Creation of Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement

President Trump stated that he has “ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims during his Joint Address to congress. The office is called VOICE – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. Any victim of crime deserves acknowledgement and sympathy, and crime is an issue that must be taken seriously. […]

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Understanding the Dangerous Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Understanding the Dangerous Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

On January 25, President Trump signed a pair of immigration-related executive orders, one dealing with border security and the other with immigration enforcement in the interior of the country. The order on border security has received the most public attention—particularly the “great wall” that Trump is so anxious to build. But it is the other […]

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