- September 7, 2014
- Research by Rubén Rumbaut, sociology professor, is featured in Reason.com September 7, 2014
Do immigrants commit more than their share of crimes? Most Americans think so. ... The criminality of newcomers to America's shores is a sticking point in the immigration debate, one that anti-immigrant think tanks such as the Center for Immigration Studies and the Federation for American Immigration Reform often return to. Just one problem: It's not real. In fact, most research, such as a 2008 report by University of California sociologist Ruben Rumbaut for the Police Foundation National Conference, finds that immigrants, including undocumented ones, are less prone to crime than are native-born Americans. Rumbaut finds that the incarceration rate of American-born males between 18 and 39 years of age was five times the rate of foreign-born males, and finds similar conclusions in a survey of other studies on the topic.
For the full story, please visit http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/07/criminal-immigrants.
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