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In his speech last night to a joint session of congress, President Donald Trump mentioned that he has “ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create an office to serve American Victims. The office is called VOICE — Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.”

According to an article this month in Scientific American, immigration-crime research over the past 20 years has corroborated the conclusions of a number of early 20th century presidential commissions that found no backing for an immigration-crime connection. In fact, the literature demonstrates that immigrants commit fewer crimes, on average, than native-born Americans.

But did the researchers have the information they needed to substantiate those conclusions?

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Published originally on the Hill.

About the author.
Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for three years; he subsequently served as the immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. He also has been a policy advisor for the DHS Office of Information Sharing and Collaboration under a contract with TKC Communications, and he has been in private practice as an immigration lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson.