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According to a Gallup poll conducted in late May and early June 2020, 34% of Americans, up from 27% a year ago, would prefer to see immigration to the United States increased. This is the highest support for expanding immigration Gallup has found in its trend since 1965. Meanwhile, the percentage favoring decreased immigration has fallen to a new low of 28%, while 36% think it should stay at the present level.
Those who support restricting immigration believe that an increased crime rate will accompany increased immigration, while those who support expanding immigration believe that this sentiment is an unfounded stereotype that has no empirical backing.
This chapter discusses various factors that potentially contribute to the stereotype of the “criminal immigrant.” For this assignment, you will evaluate these factors and decide which one you think is most responsible for perpetuating the “criminal immigrant” stereotype.
a. Textbook: Chapter 8 – Immigration Policies and Crime, Controversial Issues in Criminal Justice
b. Article: Immigration & Public Safety (The Sentencing Project)
c. Article: Americans Want More, Not Less, Immigration for First Time (Gallup)
2. Write a minimum 600-word paper that addresses the following:
a. Consider the following potential factors and explain how culpable each one is in your opinion for contributing to the “criminal immigrant” stereotype: (1) the media; (2) politicians; (3) criminal-justice policies; and (4) actors within the criminal-justice system.
3. Which factor do you think is most responsible for perpetuating the “criminal immigrant” stereotype? Explain your position.