Trump likes to pretend that immigrants are the main factor in higher crime rates. See this study which shows violent crime decreases when the immigrant population goes up in a community: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15377938.2016.1261057
@caratara Um this study controls for age, level of unemployment, labor market structure and a bunch of other factors which obviously is going to change the results. Those things are bound to the immigrant community so you can just take them out of the equation. Typical liberal manipulation...
@torimarie exactly, well said. None of these studies can be looked at in isolation. By controlling for different things, you can get the result you want to find
@torimarie Both sides cherry-pick data. It's not "Typical liberal manipulation".
@torimarie you have to isolate those things if you want to look only at the factor of immigration so that results can't be attributed to other things. I urge you to read through the study again
@caratara I did, and it still invalidates itself. These things don't happen in a vacuum in the real world so they shouldn't in the study either. It's called confounding variables, and you need to account for them in testing
I don't know about making them safer but I definitely know that they don't make them more dangerous. And I think that is the major point, that communities with higher immigrant populations are no more dangerous than those without immigrants.
@gabbykman Came here to say this. You can correlate where recent immigrants live based on income levels. Poorer neighborhoods have more crime than their surrounding neighborhoods. So while areas with larger immigrant populations have more crime, immigrants aren't the causative factor: poverty is.
@citizenthom good point and I definitely should have made that distinction
@arkle thanks for this!