Monday, July 29, 2013

Facts Over Fiction for Public Policies

As he sits in Border Patrol vehicles at night, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says he sees hundreds of DREAM ACT-eligible drug mules with bulging muscular calves hauling tons of marijuana across the border. But how can he possibly know that these drug mules fit the criteria for legalization under the DREAM ACT. This is one of many reasons that Steve Kings claim is considered an anecdote powered by the fear and innuendo that many individuals like him use to their dispossession on the topic of immigration and crime. Facts that have been gathered within the past 100 years have proven that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or end up behind bars in comparison to native-born Americans. In-fact high rates of immigration is in no form associated with higher crime rates. Between 1900 and 2010 there was a huge increase of immigrants and a 42 percent to 45 percent decline in the crime rate in violence and property crimes not just nationally, but in major cities with large immigrant population such as San Diego, El Paso, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami. If that’s not enough, incarceration rates are lowest for immigrant men among the ages of 18 to 39 years of age both educated and uneducated. While native born incarceration rate were found to be five times higher in comparison. For this reason public policies must be based on facts and not anecdotes or emotions because that is intellectually dishonest. Furthermore it is a fact that the vast majority of immigrants are in fact not criminals.