Study Reveals Undocumented Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime in the US

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A group of Central American migrants surrenders to U.S. Border Patrol Agents south of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in El Paso, Texas, U.S., March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Undocumented immigration is not linked to more crime in the US, despite what President Donald Trump has claimed, a new study found.

The study was conducted by The Marshall Project and The New York Times’ The Upshot and released on May 13. It compared recently released undocumented population estimates sorted by metro areas from the Pew Research Center to local crime rates published by the FBI. Between 2007 and 2016, violent and property crimes decreased in a significant majority of metro areas with more undocumented immigration.

“A large majority of the areas recorded decreases in both violent and property crime between 2007 and 2016, consistent with a quarter-century decline in crime across the United States. The analysis found that crime…

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