I’ve argued many times before that the link between immigration and crime is a particularly nasty piece of political cynicism and populism, completely fact-free but unfortunately not devoid of harmful consequences. Three different groups suffer these consequences:
- potential migrants who have beneficial opportunities taken away from them
- existing migrants who are unfairly targeted by law enforcement
- and the native populations who also can’t benefit from increased immigration.
Here’s one sickening cartoon in map form, claiming that Mexico, following the example of Colombia, is drowning in blood, and that the blood is spilling across the border, when in fact immigration reduces crime rates: