Vice President and Senior Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Pia Orrenius and University of North Florida scholar Madeline Zavodny’s recent working paper for the Center for Growth and Opportunity, Do Immigrants Threaten Public Safety?, was published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security, a publication of the Center for Migration Studies.
The paper addresses a prominent issue in the US immigration debate; whether immigrants, particularly those without status, are more likely than US natives to commit crimes and to pose a threat to public safety.
Their research finds that immigrants are less likely than similar US natives to commit violent and property crimes and that communities with more immigrants have similar or lower rates of violent and property crimes than those with fewer immigrants.
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