By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood

Does the border problem contribute to higher crime rates?

What is the actual influence of immigration on crime? The answer just might enlighten and surprise you. This 1-minute read focuses on bipartisan government policy.

No, studies show that undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the native-born population. Contrary to popular belief and widespread stereotypes, the answer is a resounding no. A wealth of research and studies firmly support this fact. Areas with higher populations of undocumented immigrants often have lower crime rates. This counterintuitive truth cuts through the common narrative, revealing a different story about immigration and crime.

In fact, statistical analysis and law enforcement data consistently show that in communities with higher populations of undocumented immigrants, crime rates often remain the same or even decrease. This finding isn’t just a statistical anomaly; it’s a consistent trend observed across various studies and regions, indicating that the presence of undocumented immigrants does not fuel higher crime rates.

Moreover, the misconception that the border problem exacerbates criminal activity overlooks the reality that the majority of undocumented immigrants come to the U.S. seeking better opportunities for themselves and their families, not to engage in unlawful behavior. Their primary aim is to work, contribute to society, and live peacefully, aspirations that mirror those of native citizens. For a fair look at immigration policy, read my updated article, take the 13-minute deep dive: American Immigration Policy: Problems & Solutions.

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