Immigration, Crime, and Victimization: Rhetoric and Reality

  title={Immigration, Crime, and Victimization: Rhetoric and Reality},
  author={Marjorie S. Zatz and Hilary Dansey Smith},
  journal={Annual Review of Law and Social Science},
Contrary to popular perceptions that immigration increases crime, the research literature demonstrates that immigration generally serves a protective function, reducing crime. This review takes as its starting point the contradiction between the rhetoric and the reality of immigration and crime in the United States. We begin by exploring the conditions under which immigration reduces crime and those under which it has less or no effect, with particular attention to traditional and new… 

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