Crime

  • 03.16.17

    Immigration And Public Safety

    This report from the Solutions Project looks at the crime rates within the immigrant community to allow readers to educate themselves about the facts and statistics in the context of the political discussion around immigration It finds that: "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than...

    This report from the Solutions Project looks at the crime rates within the immigrant community to allow readers to educate themselves about the facts and statistics in the context of the political discussion around immigration

    It finds that: "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens. Policies that further restrict immigration are therefore not effective crime-control strategies. These facts—supported by over 100 years of research—have been misrepresented both historically and in recent political debates."

    The four points of evidence that the paper specifically points to are:

    1. Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens.
    2. Higher levels of immigration in recent decades may have contributed to the historic drop in crime rates.
    3. Police chiefs believe that intensifying immigration law enforcement undermines public safety.
    4. Immigrants are under-represented in U.S. prisons.

    CRIME RATE FOR EACH POPULATION BY AGE

    Figure 1 immigration