From the Asian Journal:
However, impartial studies do not justify their actions. According to a 2007 study by a University of California - Irvine sociologist, the 3.5 percent incarceration rate for native-born men ages 18-39 was five times higher than the 0.7 percent rate for immigrant men in 2000. In fact, while the unauthorized immigrant population doubled from 1994-2005, the violent crime rate fell by 34.2 percent and the property crime rate fell by 26.4 percent during that same period, including in border cities and other cities with large immigrant populations. The question that begs to be asked is "by what definition does ICE define "criminal illegal immigrants who pose a national security or public safety threat"? Are they those who committed the misdemeanor offense of entering the United States without authorization? It can't mean those who overstayed their visas since that is a civil offense and not a criminal one. And does one remain a public safety threat decades after they have committed the crime and years after they have served their sentence and been rehabilitated?

For the full story, please visit


connect with us


© UC Irvine School of Social Sciences - 3151 Social Sciences Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100 - 949.824.2766