Monday, August 13, 2007

This is not news: Immigrants are not criminals

The Chambersburg Public Opinion, which is one of the stranger monikers for a Pennsylvania newspaper ("moniker," trolls, it means ....ah, forget it), featured three articles (at least) on immigration on Sunday. Chambersburg is one of the PA towns that considered an ordinance similar to Hazleton's but decided to wait for the outcome of the legal challenge. Although the trolls here at SF and the demagogues whom they follow would claim differently, local law enforcement in Franklin County confirmed what most right-thinking people already know- immigrants do not commit crime at a higher rate than natural born citizens.
"It's pretty much the same," (Washington Township Police Chief Barry) Keller said. "They're not committing crimes that are unique to the area."

"We've had some serious crimes involving them," said Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Shultz. "But I'm not seeing a large number of increases involving immigrants."

In terms of crime levels recorded by state police, exact figures do not exist. But those committed by immigrants would be representative of the society as a whole, (PA State Police Trooper Ed) Asbury said, adding that whites and blacks commit crimes.

"We don't see an abnormal increase in relation to the population percentage," he said. "The amount of crime would actually be normal for the percentage or less than the average for the population."

Not that the nativists would let the facts get in the way of a good story.

You can find the expert report on immigrants and crime that we presented at the Hazleton trial at our website (PDF). And here are the other two articles from the Sunday fishwrap:
Getting past prejudice
Churches strive to welcome all

Andy in Harrisburg

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The issue has always been illegal immigration. To ignore the difference between legal and illegal status is a ploy to equate these people and is dishonest.

Let me count the ways illegal immigrants violate our laws and our sense of fair play.

1. Crossing the border, although a misdemeaner is still violation of a law. Misdemeanors are crimes, albeit minor ones. Most Americans are so fed up will illegal immigrants that they would agree to make ilicit border crossing a felony. I disagree with them, as illegal aliens would then be entitled to free legal council and our court system would be tied up for the rest of the century.

2. Illegal aliens commit fraud at a greater rate than citizens and legal residents. Working illegal aliens use false SSN and commit identity theft on a grand scale. That's a serious crime, punishable by encarceration in a federal penitentiary. Andy and the ACLU are deluding themselves if they truly believe that it is not.

3. Illegal aliens misrepresent themsleves as citizens, a crime under our immigration laws.

I could go on, but what's the use when we're dealing with idiots like Andy and the ACLU.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ACLU has two lists of laws, one that lists those they agree to support and one that they have as an agenda to overturn. They are no longer champions of law and order, but supporters of political positions.

7:01 PM  

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