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Evidence suggests that amnesty for undocumented immigrantsin 1986 significantly reduced crime in the US

Baker, Scott R. (2015) Evidence suggests that amnesty for undocumented immigrantsin 1986 significantly reduced crime in the US. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (27 Aug 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In 2015, the role of undocumented immigrants in US society has become much more prominent, with many arguing for a full amnesty for the 11 million currently in the country. In new research, Scott R. Baker finds that a 1986 amnesty for nearly 3 million undocumented immigrants led to a 3-5 percent persistent fall in crime. He writes that this fall in crime is linked to the much improved labor market prospects of previously undocumented immigrants, which led to a decreased motivation to commit crimes for economic gain.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 14:58
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015 14:58
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63547

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