American Immigration Council

The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States

(with Daniel E. Martínez and Rubén G. Rumbaut, July 2015)

“For more than a century, innumerable studies have 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 associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the unauthorized, regardless of their country of origin or level of education. In other words, the overwhelming majority of immigrants are not ‘criminals’ by any commonly accepted definition of the term. For this reason, harsh immigration policies are not effective in fighting crime…”

Published by

walteraewing

I have worked in various capacities over the past 15 years at the American Immigration Council--a nonprofit in Washington, DC, that is devoted to the advancement of U.S. immigration policies that are both practical and humane. I have a Ph.D. in anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *