In 2015, Donald Trump suggested in a speech that Mexican immigrants to the US were bringing crime.

In response, several reporters denied it, such as the Washington Post

data show that new immigrants — including illegal immigrants — are actually less likely to commit crime, not more.

To wit:

—"Foreign-born individuals exhibit remarkably low levels of involvement in crime across their life course." (Bianca Bersani, University of Massachusetts, 2014. Published in Justice Quarterly.)

In response, American conservative social and political commentator, Ann Coulter examined the original research and dismissed the "phony studies no one bothers to read", as they did not compare the immigrant crime levels to a representative sample of Americans.

Have studies shown that immigrants to the USA commit less crime?

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    Please restrict this to a specific claim. Which studies? Which claims are meant to be lies?
    – Sklivvz
    Sep 13, 2016 at 7:59
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    This text is a bit confusing (to me at least). Could you resume the claim in a couple of sentences? Sep 13, 2016 at 11:53
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    The question shouldn't be "Is Ann Coulter correct?" It shouldn't be "Are the Immigration studies lying?" (which is a question about motivation). It should be simply "Do immigrants to American have a lower crime rate than the American average?" That's still vague (crime rates cover a broad array of crimes), but gets to the heart of the matter.
    – Oddthinking
    Sep 13, 2016 at 13:50
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    @JacobBlaustein - I'm not saying the studies she cites are wrong. I'm saying she has a history of interpreting or making claims about studies that are not, in any way, actually what the studies themselves say. This is why my advice is to "read and assess the source material yourself." Whether it's intentional or from ignorance, I can't know without being able to read her mind. For instance, why would you compare immigrants to Norwegian populations? That's completely random. The authors explain why they compare to the populations that they do, so what makes that invalid? She never says. Sep 13, 2016 at 16:40
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    "The question is how are these studies she cites wrong?" No. That is a biased question that assumes the studies she cites are wrong. We should be open to the evidence, whichever way it points.
    – Oddthinking
    Sep 13, 2016 at 18:44


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