Saturday, May 29, 2010

Study: Cities With More Immigrants Are Safer

A new study from the University of Colorado has given a hard right hook to the notion that immigrants are lawless crazies who are inundating our cities with violence and drugs. In fact, the opposite is true, according to a study by sociologist Tim Wadsworth of UC who writes that when immigration rose dramatically in the U.S. in the 1990s, crime statistics went the other way in an equally dramatic fashion. also explains (here) that Robert Sampson, a Harvard sociologist, has found that immigrants tend to be family-centered, hard-working and they often move into neighborhoods that have been abandoned--saving those areas from becoming hotbeds of crime. Additionally, FBI statistics conclude that immigrants are far more likely to be victims of crime than criminals.

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