Law-abiding Immigrants Welcome – Illegal Aliens Must Go
The New York Times (NYT) on January 13 carried an article entitled “Research Doesn’t Back a Link Between Migrants and Crime in U.S.” The writer based his slanted claim on research by immigration boosters Ruben Rumbaut, a UC-Irvine sociology professor, and Walter Ewing of the American Immigration Council. Their finding, cited in the NYT article was, “most immigrants are law-abiding.”That is not a new finding – the authors published it in 2007, so it certainly is not news. But it tends to validate the growing perception that the NYT has gone all in with their defense of non-enforcement of the current immigration law and efforts to increase immigration.The NYT article, like the 2007 finding is virtually meaningless as well as deceptive. It is meaningless for two reasons:
- Legally admitted immigrants are screened to prevent the arrival of those with criminal histories and those who might be tempted to resort to crime because of poverty.
- Immigrants who are convicted of felonies are generally deported. Thus, there is a major deterrent to committing a crime, and those who are deported are removed from possible recidivism.
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