As the Trump administration continues with its policy of stemming the flow of illegal immigration, some are still wondering if the amount of violent crime in the United States will go down because of it. The question has been, does violent crime increase as the number of illegal immigrants increases. Some people don’t believe that one has anything to do with the other and they may be right.
No less than four new studies claim to have evidence that illegal immigration does not result in an increase in drug and alcohol problems or violent crime. These claims are in direct contradiction to the claims by the Trump administration which were then used to justify a crackdown on undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
One study by Michael Light, a criminologist at the University of Wisconsin found that an increase in undocumented immigrants coming to the U.S. since 1999 has not seen a correlated increase in the amount of violent crime in the same period. Another study found that during the same period crimes not considered violent such as alcohol and drug related arrest also showed no increase despite a dramatic increase in undocumented immigrants.
In Texas, a state that records the immigration status of those placed under arrest, the Cato Institute conducted another study among Texas undocumented immigrants. The study, which was done in 2015 found that the rates of criminal arrests and convictions for serious crimes that include larceny, murder, and sexual assault were actually lower for undocumented immigrants than those born in the U.S.
The Trump administrations attempts to stop illegal immigration will continue without a doubt, but one of the reasons for doing it should be excluded. The idea that an increase in illegal immigrants causes or is related to an increase in crime is probably not a valid reason any longer.