CHICAGO SUN TIMES: IMMIGRANTS “WRONGLY ACCUSED” AS ESPECIALLY CRIMINAL

October 30, 2007

Today’s Chicago Sun Times – not the most liberal newspaper in the country – conducted an investigation into now well-rooted beliefs that equate “immigrant” with “criminal”. To the surprise of no one except KKK members, Minutemen (ooops. they often hold same beliefs and behave similarly) and many a Republican and, now, Democrat, the investigation found that “less than 4 percent of the adults in Illinois prisons have been identified as illegal immigrants.”

The story goes on to quote George Washington University criminologist Ronald Weitzer, who declared that immigrants “are not over-represented [in jails], despite the conventional wisdom that they are much more involved in criminal activity,” adding that “Criminologists see it as something of a myth that immigrants are involved in more crime”.

And, in another example of how dangerously adrift reality is from public perception, Weitzer goes on to say that “The public thinks that with higher immigration comes higher crime, but that just isn’t borne out by the data.”

Whether in Weimar, Rwanda or Main Street USA, “conventional wisdom in times of profound economic crisis and war can be dangerous, very dangerous.

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