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Study Finds Immigrants Do Not Raise Crime Rate

Study Finds Immigrants Do Not Raise Crime Rate

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Greg Neft, KSL Newsradio A new study says immigrants, both legal and undocumented, do not raise the crime rate. One immigration lawyer says that's nothing new.

The survey from the Immigration Policy Center says young men who come here are five times less likely to find themselves behind bars. Someone who studies the issue agrees.

David Littlefield: "(They are) hard working, family oriented people."

David Littlefield teaches immigration law at the University of Utah. He thinks the study sheds needed light on the issue. He says the group is easy to demonize because of fear.

David Littlefield: "What's gonna happen if we have a number of people from different countries? Well, that's what's happened in the history of the United States."

He says immigrants are not here to commit crimes but to find better lives for their families.

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