Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in Wired for identifying the fatal assumptions about immigration and crime that the Trump administration have based their executive orders on. Citing research, she illustrates that there is no evidence to support his claims that immigration and crime are connected.
“All of these executive orders and everything we’ve seen coming down the pike all rest on the assumption, an erroneous assumption, that immigration and crime go hand in hand,” says Charis Kubrin, a UC Irvine criminologist. “The literature shows nothing to prove that.”
Kubrin and her colleague Graham Ousey of the College of William and Mary recently analyzed more than 50 studies related to immigration and crime published between 1994 and 2014. Their findings, which will be published in the The Annual Review of Criminology, show no correlation between immigration to an area and increases in crime. Where there was any relationship at all, Kubrin says, it was a negative one— in other words, more immigration corresponded to less crime.