Tag: immigrants and crime

Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

The new administration has demonstrated that no one is off limits when it comes to ramping up their deportation policies, and as a result community safety is in jeopardy. Despite the fact that they say their policies will keep Americans safer, data shows that members of the public are becoming reluctant to report crime—either as […]

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Opponents of Immigration Reform Exploit Tragic California Shooting

Written by on October 29, 2014 in Immigration 101 with 3 Comments
Opponents of Immigration Reform Exploit Tragic California Shooting

An unauthorized immigrant allegedly shot and killed two police officers on Friday in Northern California. Not surprisingly, opponents of immigration reform immediately tried to turn a tragic incident into an argument against immigration reform. As Kevin Johnson, dean of University of California-Davis Law School, said, “Everyone agrees that this is the sort of person we […]

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New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

Written by on September 9, 2014 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced “Secure Communities,” which for the first time allowed DHS to check the fingerprints of any individual arrested by a local jurisdiction. Secure Communities piggybacked on prior DHS initiatives to use local police as “force multipliers” including the Criminal Alien Program, which establishes voluntary screening partnerships with […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Only days after President Obama asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to hold off his deportation review in order to give House Republicans space to move immigration reform negotiations forward, some of those same House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee held an “oversight hearing” of DHS. The hearing turned out to be little more […]

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Nativist Report Mischaracterizes and Over Dramatizes ICE Releases

Nativist Report Mischaracterizes and Over Dramatizes ICE Releases

Once again, in an attempt to derail an honest debate about immigration policy, the nativist Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a report this week claiming that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is setting free tens of thousands of dangerous criminals. The implication, of course, is that these “criminal aliens” will once again prey […]

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Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

Detention Bed Mandate is Just One Example of How Immigration is Being Criminalized

For more than a century, study after study has confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of either violent or property crime. Unfortunately, […]

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Nativist Group Pretends That All Unauthorized Immigrants Are Criminals

Written by on October 15, 2013 in Enforcement, Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 1 Comment
Nativist Group Pretends That All Unauthorized Immigrants Are Criminals

Unauthorized immigrants come to this country primarily for two reasons: to work, and to be reunited with family members who are already here. They would obviously prefer to come to this country legally, but our legal limits on immigration have for decades not matched either the realities of U.S. labor demand or the natural human […]

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Does the Supreme Court Think Most Immigrants are Criminals?

Does the Supreme Court Think Most Immigrants are Criminals?

Even as the Supreme Court struck down three provisions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law (SB 1070), the Justices appeared to embrace a major falsehood of nativist ideology: that immigrants are more likely to be criminals than the native-born. On page six of the majority opinion, the Court maintains that unauthorized immigrants are “reported to be responsible […]

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How Congress Can Better Protect Immigrant Victims of Crime

Written by on February 9, 2012 in Family-Based Immigration, Legislation with 1 Comment
How Congress Can Better Protect Immigrant Victims of Crime

BY ANDREA RAMOS, SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL This week the Washington Post reported on two laws that protect victims of domestic abuse who are also immigrants. The story profiles women who were literally saved from abusive relationships by law enforcement who then guided them to programs that offer a special form of immigration relief for victims.

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