Saturday, March 11, 2006

Immigration responsible for lower crime rate

In an opinion piece in today's New York Times a professor of sociology at Harvard, Robert J. Sampson, claims that increased immigration is a major factor in the decrease in the crime rate the US has experienced over the last 15 years.

"Consider what sociologists call the 'Latino paradox': Hispanic Americans do better on a range of various social indicators — including propensity to violence — than one would expect given their socioeconomic disadvantages. My colleagues and I have completed a study in which we examined violent acts by almost 3,000 males and females, ranging in age from 8 to 25, from 1995 to 2003. The study selected whites, blacks and Hispanics (primarily Mexican-Americans) from 180 Chicago neighborhoods ranging from highly segregated to very integrated. We also analyzed data from police records, the Census and a separate survey of more than 8,000 Chicago residents who were asked about the characteristics of their neighborhoods."

See the complete article at http://tinyurl.com/rudw2

3 comments:

Aakash said...

Perhaps legal immigration has contributed to this (I don't know), but if someone tries to assert that illegal immigration has led to lower crime rates, then that is rather absurd.

Anonymous said...

How do you know it is absurd. Did the TV tell you so or do you know the facts that we don't. Please share.

Glaivester said...

Steve Sailer pretty effectively rebuts this argument.

Hispanic Americans do better on a range of various social indicators — including propensity to violence — than one would expect given their socioeconomic disadvantages.

Which would be meaningful if the average Hispanic immigrant had the same socioeconomic standing as the average native-born American. But they don't, so it isn't.

Moreover, the study clearly indicates that the grandchildren of these immigrants have nearly twice the crime rate of their grandparents. So immigration as a crime-control measure only makes sense if we are planning to sterilize the new immigrants (no, I am not advocating this).