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Berkeley Studies Finds Violent Crime Does Not Increase With Immigration

A study from the University of California Berkeley Law School challenges the somewhat accepted theory that immigration leads to violent crime.

The study actually said that serious crime decreased during the U.S.’s most active years of immigration. It is estimated that more than 3.6 million immigrants came to California between 1991 and 2008, and during that period, there was a substantial rate decline in serious property crime (down 29 percent) as well as violent crime (down 55 percent).

Author of the study, Barry Krisberg, said, ‘It is important to have policies that are driven by facts, not political speculations. What we’re seeing is a new version of the super-predator myth, which affected African Americans before we turned toward immigrants.’

The findings can be applied to all states, though the research is based in California. Krisberg thinks his research should be evaluated, especially by those in states that are currently considering legislation like Arizona’s controversial immigration law.