Last month, I posted about Arizona’s SB 1070 Anti-Illegal Immigration Law and its damaging repercussions regarding racial profiling.  As discussed, such a law also clearly contributes to discriminatory, xenophobic, and anti-immigrant sentiment nation-wide.  But what’s infuriating and very important is that this association between immigrant populations and increased crime is entirely fabricated.  As this awesome article details, more immigrants, contrary to what a lot of folks might have you think, actually reduces violent crime.

This is not just a matter of random correlation being mistaken for causation. A new study by sociologist Tim Wadsworth of the University of Colorado at Boulder carefully evaluates the various factors behind the statistics that show a massive drop in crime during the 1990s at a time when immigration rose dramatically. In a peer-reviewed paper appearing in the June 2010 issue of Social Science Quarterly, Wadsworth argues not only that “cities with the largest increases in immigration between 1990 and 2000 experienced the largest decreases in homicide and robbery,” which we knew, but that after considering all the other explanations, rising immigration “was partially responsible.”

To deny that reality and ignore its implications is likely to make life more dangerous all over America, diverting resources away from the fight against violent crime and breaking down the hard-won trust between cops and the communities where they work.

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