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March 12, 2006

Open Doors Don't Invite Criminals

In the NY Times there is an Op-Ed by ROBERT J. SAMPSON, published March 11, 2006 in Cambridge, Mass.

He debunks the myth that immigrants raise crime rates. Actually immigrants drive down crime rates.

"LAW enforcement officials, politicians and social scientists have put forward many explanations for the astonishing drop in crime rates in America over the last decade or so, and yet we remain mystified. Studies have shown that while each of the usual suspects — a decline in crack use, aggressive policing, increased prison populations, a relatively strong economy, increased availability of abortion — has probably played some role, none has proved to be as dominant a factor as initially suggested.

Perhaps we have been overlooking something obvious — something that our implicit biases caused us not to notice. My unusual suspect is foreigners: evidence points to increased immigration as a major factor associated with the lower crime rate of the 1990's (and its recent leveling off".

For more go to: http://www.nytimes.com

Posted by VisaLawyer at March 12, 2006 03:41 PM

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