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Research Finds Fear Of Illegal Immigrant Crime Unfounded
By ELAINE SILVESTRINI | The Tampa Tribune
Published: August 29, 2008
TAMPA - A series of rapes in the Tampa Bay area that has been blamed on three Mexican nationals set off a battle over the way law enforcement handles illegal immigrants, with a congresswoman and the Hillsborough County sheriff trading barbs and some local residents arguing that the immigrant crime problem had gotten out of hand.
But illegal immigrants actually are less likely than others to commit violent crimes, said researchers who study the issue. In part, they say, that's because the immigrants don't want to draw attention to themselves.
Available data "put the lie to this hyperbole, this immigrant scapegoating, the sensationalizing, and especially the conflation that legal or illegal immigration is associated not only with crime, but with terrorism," said Ruben G. Rumbaut, sociology professor at the University of California at Irvine. more
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