Do immigrants affect violent crime? - Guest Post by Dan Murray
Special Note: Dan Murray of InterWorks created this visualization of crime in the US to help viewers look into the supposed increase in crime from immigration.
The new immigration law in Arizona is controversial. The triggering event for the enactment of the law was the murder of a police officer. I wondered if the influx of illegal aliens in Arizona correlated with increased crime in the last decade. See for yourself. How does your state compare?
I speculate that drug trafficking has more to do with violent crime than illegal immigration. What do you think? The data on drug crime seems a little sketchy to me. Do any of you know about any reliable data sets on crime related specifically to drug trafficking?
Data from FBI Uniform Crime Reports.