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Immigrants and Violent Crime in the United States: Do You Trust Stories or Studies?

Which will you believe?

Anecdotal Stories? …or… Systematic Research?
“A. True Ott” shares the story of one crime victim on his personal web page:

Here’s little 9 month old Serenity Reed, a blonde blue-eyed little darling who is now yet another “statistic”. From the Barstow California Examiner we read about the horrific and shocking events of June 7-8, 2013 that has escaped the nation’s attention:

“On Saturday, police in Barstow arrested Jose Luis Aguilar, 36, at a Greyhound bus station after he reportedly sexually assaulted and beat his girlfriend’s baby daughter to death. A day earlier, the baby’s mother, Jennifer Reedy, 31, awoke to find her daughter lying dead in her crib. Aguilar was gone, as was Reedy’s car and money from her purse. Police were able to find Aguilar using the GPS in his cellphone. At a press conference Benton County prosecutor Andy Miller, told reporters: “It appears that Mr. Aguilar was on his way to flee to Mexico.”

And John Rambo leaves a comment:

If all the mexicans and blacks were removed from America, or at least given a piece of their own land to have, maybe the crime wouldn’t be so bad? Whites need to have their own country. Why is it that all of these goddamn parasites flood into white countries? Either way, the white race has been ruined by Marxism, including feminism. White women have been ruined by feminism and thus the white families and white countries are dying.

A new American Sociological Review research article by Christopher Lyons, Maria Velez and Wayne Santoro of the University of New Mexico, examining crime and population data in 87 large cities in the United States reveals that:

A) Contrary to popular belief, as the number of immigrants in a community goes UP, the violent crime rate goes DOWN;

B) This effect is stronger in communities where immigrants are accepted and integrated into local politics.

This study refers to over a dozen previous pieces of published research also finding that increased immigrant presence is associated with a decrease in the crime rate.

Which will you believe? Stories about a few people stretched out to justify angry claims about a whole group, or research studying trends for millions of people across scores of cities?

If you’re like most Americans, you’ll ignore the studies and believe the stories.

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