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Donald Trump is selling false stereotypes about immigrants

By Josh Boak  /  AP, WASHINGTON

However, there is scant evidence that immigrants are perpetuating a crime wave. In a paper published last year, sociologists Michael Light and Ty Miller reviewed crime in every state and the District of Columbia from 1990 to 2014. They found that a rising number of immigrants in the country illegally corresponded with a drop, not a rise, in reported crime.

The authors acknowledged that it is possible that people who came illegally are less likely to report a crime, but the authors also note that such immigrants overwhelmingly arrived to work, a trend that helps to reduce crime levels.

Past research cited in their paper found that 93 percent of the men in the country illegally either have a job or are looking for one.

“At a minimum, the results of our study call into question claims that undocumented immigration increases violent crime,” their paper said. “If anything, the data suggest the opposite.”

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