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Mythical Ties to Crime

This study entitled, “The Mythical Tie Between Immigration and Crime” caught my attention this summer. I have had conversations with family and neighbors about the role of refugees and immigrants since I live in San Diego. Our city borders Mexico and our port of entry absorbs more immigrants and refugees than any other county in all of California.


Research by Stanford’s Ran Abramitzky and co-authors uncovers the most extensive evidence to date that immigrants are less likely to be imprisoned than U.S.-born individuals.


Opponents of immigration often argue that immigrants drive up crime rates. But newly released research from Stanford economist Ran Abramitzky and his co-authors finds that hasn’t been the case in America for the last 140 years.



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