Do Immigrants Threaten U.S. Public Safety?

  title={Do Immigrants Threaten U.S. Public Safety?},
  author={Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny},
  journal={PSN: Politics of Immigration (Topic)},
Opponents of immigration often claim that immigrants, particularly those who are unauthorized, are more likely than U.S. natives to commit crimes and that they pose a threat to public safety. There is little evidence to support these claims. In fact, research overwhelmingly indicates that immigrants are less likely than similar U.S. natives to commit violent and property crimes, and that areas with more immigrants have similar or lower rates of violent and property crimes than areas with fewer… 
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