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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate

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A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
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Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times 

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July 6, 2018 | Over the past several months, the debate over immigration, crime and ? most recently ? the policy of removing children from parents detained for illegally crossing the U.S. border, has raged across America. As professors and social scientists, we?ve watched this debate with some dismay, as facts on immigration have too often been overtaken by opinions and politics. So we want to share some facts we have learned through years of research.

While we understand the political arguments made for and against various immigration policies, our job as scientists is to objectively evaluate the data used to support various policies and stances and use research to more accurately predict the consequences of our actions.

A group of immigrants from Central America, who were detained after entering the United States, walk away after being released at a bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 22, 2018. Many were given ankle monitors and notices to appear in court. (Todd Heisler/the New York Times) 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigrants%20released%20in%20McAllen%2C%20Texas%2C%20June%2022%2C%202018.jpgAbout the authors: Michael Leiber, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. His research interests lie in race/ethnicity and juvenile justice decision-making. Lyndsay Boggess, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at USF. Her research focuses on community characteristics and the geographic distribution of crime. Bryanna Fox, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at USF. Her research examines the psychology of criminal behavior and development of evidence-based tools for law enforcement. Richard K. Moule, Jr., PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at USF. His research examines offenders, technology, and police. This article reflects the author?s own research-based views and not necessarily the institutions with which they are affiliated.

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