Monday, November 17, 2008

The MYTH of Immigrant Criminality

Webster's Dictionary definition of the word Myth:
A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.

Living in an immigrant community, I have felt safer than when I lived in an upscale Houston neighborhood - where our neighbor's cars were stolen, my kid's toys were picked up from the front yard, and people were generally not very nice anyway (too worried about how they would pay for their Mac Mansions?).  

After Enron, the fall of the Wall Street Titans, and so many other wealthy people who have taken money from others (is this not crime?) - I find it necessary to emphasize that immigrants are less likely to get into trouble....

In our neighborhood, its the American citizens that are dealing the drugs...  
not the guys who came from San Luis Potosi.

see report by Ruben Rumbaut, highly respected immigration scholar:

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