Immigration Across The Nation 07/23/2008

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Immigrants Do Not Commit More Crime Than Citizens, Border Arrests Filling Up Jails, and Department of Treasury May Be Tracking Money Sent

►Immigrants Do Not Commit More Crime Than Citizens
According to a press release by the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), immigrants are five times less likely than native born people to be in prison. “The persistent myth that immigrants are more prone to criminality than the native-born continues to circulate among politicians, commentators, and the public despite a century’s worth of contrary evidence,” the report said.

The report says that most people come to support their families not join organized crime. Kristin Butcher, an Associate Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, told The Sacramento Bee, “If you are coming to support your family, you don’t want to get sent back for some graffiti violations.”

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Anne Morrison Piehl, a Professor of Economics at Rutgers University who researches immigration and crime, told the Star-Ledger, a newspaper in New Jersey “I first got into this because I heard all these terrible complaints that immigrants were a big part of the crime problem.”  But she soon discovered that “when you look at incarceration rates, you find immigrants much less likely than the native born to be incarcerated.”

►Border Arrests Filling Up Jails
The Dallas Morning News had an article by Dave Michaels and Dianne Solis saying, “A zero-tolerance approach to illegal border crossings has produced a record number of immigration prosecutions in Texas and other border states.”

Those for this new approach in Texas argue that this would discourage others from coming here. “These illegal migrants come to realize that violating the law will not simply send them back to try over again, but will require them to actually serve some short period of time in a jail or prison setting – and will brand them as having been violators of the law,” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a speech last month.

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Those against this measure argue if it’s really worth it in the end. “The question is whether it’s worthwhile to expend so many resources for prosecuting crimes of that nature when you have a lot of other crimes going on – both at the border and beyond,” T.J Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council said.

►Department of Treasury May Be Tracking Where You Send Your Money
If you haven’t seen the signs at the local stores, just know that one can send up to $15,000 to another country. After that, you will have to verify where the income is coming from.

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This comes as a result of the Department of Treasury fining some money transfer businesses for not keeping track of how much money people were sending to another country. The signs give customers a notice that certain transactions are tracked. The Department of Treasury, which is in charge of money just wants to make sure there is no money laundering. My guess is, you’ll be fine, even if you send a million dollars, you just got to prove where it’s coming from.

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