Are all immigrants criminals?

7 08 2008

 
There seems to be a scare campaign in the media to portrait immigrants as evil, criminals and the worst thing that could ever happen to the US. I found this video that illustrates that. I had mentioned in previous posts how when you see talk about illegal immigration in the media, all you see is brown people, Hispanic or Latinos, there is no mention of the European, African, Asian illegal immigrants. The large majority of illegal or undocumented come from Mexico, yes that is true, but when you hear about a raid, read the fine print and you will see that there are other illegal aliens that go undetected.

 

 

Could this be a smoke screen to cover up other issues, a distraction tactic?? Can you pay attention to other things if you are scare watching your back from all of those criminal immigrants?

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Do Immigrants make US safer?

6 08 2008

I found this artcle in Newsweek and had to share. I have found that a lot of people subscribe to that myth that immigrants come to destroy our way of life….

Urban Legends

New immigrants may be the best thing that ever happened to American cities, but don’t wait for the leading presidential candidates to tell you that.

Christopher Dickey

Newsweek Web Exclusive

Updated: 4:28 PM ET Nov 28, 2007

What do the safest big cities in the United States have in common? Rudy Giuliani knows, but he’s not likely to say so, at least not now. Why? Because the answer, in a word, is immigrants.
 
When Giuliani was the law-and-order mayor of New York City, Mr. Zero Tolerance was more than happy to tolerate immigrants, including those who entered or stayed in the United States illegally. As conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks pointed out recently, Giuliani “once went overboard and declared, ‘If you come here and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you’re one of the people who we want in this city.'”
 
This wasn’t so much altruism or “immoderate centrism,” as some of Giuliani’s fans suggest, or even a sentimental reaction to his own family’s (somewhat controversial) immigrant roots. It was purely practical. About 38 percent of New York City’s population was born outside the United States of America, and while most are in the country legally, many are not. (If they can’t register their identities anyplace with the city or state government, they can’t be counted accurately. And of course they can’t register with the feds without risking deportation.) What’s certain is that first-generation immigrants have played almost as important a role in making New York more secure as the vaunted hard line on crime taken by Mr. Zero T.

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But it’s the overall social impact of immigration on crime that is most important. “Almost everyone who has examined this issue and is not an ideologue has come to the same conclusion,” says James Lynch, a distinguished professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in Manhattan. “In the United States immigrants engage in common law crime at rates lower than the native population.”

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