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  • Does Crime Drop When Immigrants Move In?

    NPR - 03/08/2013

    There is evidence that immigrants are overrepresented in local prison systems in Arizona and elsewhere. But overall, violent crime is actually lower than you would expect along the U.S. border with Mexico, says Ramiro Martinez, who teaches criminology at Northeastern University.

    “In Texas, homicides are actually a little bit lower in border counties than they are in the rest of the state,” Martinez says. “Not only in Texas, but also in New Mexico and Arizona, in California — more immigrants means less crime.”