freeman3 wrote:The Arizona study is definitely concerning if accurate. The study was done by John Lott, a guy with a checkered history in the gun debate. It has already been pointed out that he used the classification "non-citizen deportable" as meaning only illegal aliens when of course it could mean immigrants who are here legally but are not citizens. I looked at the study and we don't have access to the raw numbers so we don't even know that his calculations are correct. This is the guy who put forth "studies" that right to carry laws reduced violence which have been contradicted by other studies. I would like to see a non-partisan researcher take a look at the Arizona data and verify Lott's conclusions rather than just rely on conclusions in a non-peer reviewed paper from a guy who is partisan on the issue. Again, concerning if accurate. But Lott's reputation is such that his findings cannot be relied upon unless corroborated.
That's fine. However, it's more insightful than any I've seen.
Talk to LEO, anyone who works the line. They will tell you that there are illegal immigrants from all over Central and South America in their jails. They will tell you Spanish is extremely handy. They will tell you that gangs, like MS-13, are a serious problem.
Not all illegal aliens are "dreamers." Many of them are here to steal. Think about it. If you're a thief in a poor country, how does that work? Or, you can cross the porous border of the US and get to where the cash is.