Immigration Law

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Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Contentious Issue
Posted on 24 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Contentious Issue Graham C. Ousey and Charis E. Kubrin Annual Review of Criminology 2018 1:1, 63-84 "Are immigration and crime related? This review addresses this question in order to build a deeper understanding... Read More

Trump Administration's Immigrant-Crime 'VOICE' Hotline Releases Victims' Personal Information
Posted on 23 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel González, Arizona Republic, Jan. 21, 2018 - "The same week the Trump administration opened a hotline last April to support victims of crimes by immigrants, Elena Maria Lopez called to report a complaint against her ex-husband. At... Read More

Tags: crime , voice , victims , hotline , Trump , ICE

The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant
Posted on 30 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Anna Flagg, The Marshall Project, Mar. 30, 2018 - " The link between immigration and crime exists in the imaginations of Americans, and nowhere else." Read More

Guatemalan Immigrants 'Soft Targets' in New Bedford, Mass. Crime Wave
Posted on 9 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Several years ago, in the city of New Bedford, community volunteers started noticing that members of the city’s newest immigrant group were being attacked. The victims were Mayan Guatemalans, violently assaulted and often robbed by hooded... Read More

Immigrants Far More Law-Abiding Than Natives: Research
Posted on 14 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

New York Times, Jan. 14, 2016 - "In America, as in Europe, anti-immigrant backlashes have often followed episodes in which foreigners are blamed for crimes and other problems. But statistical studies show that in the United States, at least, immigrants... Read More

Deportations Have 'No Observable Effect' on Crime Rate
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Six years after the federal government opened an immigration enforcement program intended to improve public safety, deporting hundreds of thousands of people, many of them convicted criminals, a new study has concluded that the program has had “no... Read More

DHS Launches VOICE
Posted on 26 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 26, 2017 - "Today, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly announced the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE). The VOICE office will assist victims... Read More

Tags: crime , voice , kelly , DHS

Immigrants and Public Safety - The Facts
Posted on 26 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sentencing Project, March 2017 - "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens. Policies that further restrict immigration are therefore not effective crime-control strategies. These facts —... Read More

Tags: crime , immigrants

Admission of Pot Use, Ever, May Bar Entry Into U.S.A.
Posted on 4 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ever try pot? Answer yes to a border agent, and foreigners could face permanent consequences even if they haven't used marijuana in years. More and more Canadians are learning the hard way that admitting to U.S. border agents that you smoked... Read More

Immigration and America's Urban Revival
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The evidence favors a hypothesis many Americans reject: Immigration has helped reduce crime and revitalize city economies ." - Robert J. Sampson, Summer 2015 issue, The American Prospect . ["This article is based on a longer paper that... Read More

The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States - AIC
Posted on 8 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high... Read More

Amnesty Will Boost The Economy And Reduce Crime, So Just Get Over It!
Posted on 14 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Throughout the country, foreign-born newcomers have revived beaten-down neighborhoods as immigrant entrepreneurs have opened small businesses and immigrant families have put down stakes. Immigrant workers have played a vital role keeping a number... Read More

Why the Average Visa Applicant Can't Be Expected to Recognize a 'Crime Involving Moral Turpitude'
Posted on 14 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" In a fascinating recent decision (courtesy of attorney Stephen Heller ), the Office of Administrative Appeals determined that a visa waiver applicant is not expected to know the meaning of a “crime involving moral turpitude” (“CIMT”... Read More

Crime, Immigrants, Fox News...and the Truth
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"According to the study, which analyzed records from October 2008 -- before Obama was in office -- to July 2011, 46,734 undocumented immigrants were released within that three-year span. Of those, 7,283 or 15.9 percent, recommitted crimes within... Read More

Tags: crime , Fox , recidivism

More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show
Posted on 7 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, the president has said the government is going after “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here... Read More