Watch out for those American-born criminals, Utah data suggest
- January 3, 2011
- Study by Charlie Morgan, UCI sociology Ph.D. alumnus '07 and current associate professor of sociology at BYU, is featured in The Salt Lake Tribune January 1, 2011
From The Salt Lake Tribune:
In 2008, all members of Utah’s congressional delegation signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggesting what many in the state believe: Undocumented immigrants are responsible for much of Utah’s crime. “Numerous illegal aliens are committing crimes in Utah communities with virtual impunity,” the letter read. But research from Brigham Young University attempts to quantify Utah’s crime rate for undocumented immigrants. The findings so far indicate undocumented immigrants commit no more violent and property crime than those born and raised in the United States. By some measures, they commit less. Charlie Morgan, an associate professor of sociology at BYU, examined data collected from Utah jails and found inmates with detainers placed on them by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement represented only 2 to 5 percent of jail inmates statewide. A “detainer” means ICE does not want the inmate released from the jail because that person might be deported.
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