Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A small note on immigrant crime

In response to my article "Race, IQ and wealth:  A preliminary reply", Ron Unz left a comment about immigrant crime.  He refers to an article of his  and a subsequent debate which points out the need to take into account the ages of criminals in assessing whether or not they commit more crime than native born people.  He shows that the Hispanic crime rate can even be particuarly low once you make that adjustment.

The article I quoted as a source of information shows that too.  Foreign-born Mexican males, ages 18 to 39 (presumably mostly illegals) have a crime-rate of less than 1% of their population.  And that is data from the 2000 official U.S. census,  which is about as good as we are going to get.

Unz seems to have missed my main point however:  That the CHILDREN of Mexicans who are males aged 18 to 39 are an entirely different kettle of fish,  with a crime-rate  of nearly 6% of their population.  The figure for the total population is 3.04%

So the problem of crime from illegal Mexican immigration is there but not quite where it is usually placed.

Given the apparent low overall crime rate among Hispanics, it is a considerable puzzle that Obama claims to deport 400,000 of them every year.  And these, again according to Obama, are only the SERIOUS criminals.  Minor offenders are let go.

Say that Obama has deported 1,200,000 during his term of office and that there are 12 million illegals in the USA.  That means that 10% of the illegal population (not less than 1%) are criminals, and serious criminals at that.  Something doesn't add up.  Don't ask me why.

One thing is clear though:  Obama is the chief pusher of the idea that the USA suffers from a lot of crime from illegals.

More than 60,000 ‘bogus’ students came to UK last year as ministers are accused of having ‘bottled out’ on the issue

Mininsters were accused of having ‘bottled out’ on tackling bogus students last night - as it emerged some 60,000 may have entered the country last year.

The study by the MigrationWatch think tank, based on official figures, suggests more than one in four of all non-EU students entering the country last year were not genuine.

The figures will spur demands for a further toughening of the student regime, and reinforce opposition to Lib Dem calls for students to be removed from the immigration numbers altogether.

David Cameron, under pressure from Business Secretary Vince Cable and the higher education industry, is considering taking students out of net migration statistics.

That is despite his own immigration minister saying to do so would ‘destroy public confidence in the Government’s immigration policy’.

Students are thought to add around 75,000 to the UK population every year - with thousands staying on illegally.

A Home Office-commissioned study conducted thousands of interviews with applicants from around the world.

Applicants were tested on their ability to speak and write English, quizzed on whether they actually intended to study and not work, and asked if they intended to return home afterwards.

The results showed nearly half of all applicants from Pakistan should have been refused, nearly 60 per cent from India, one third of those from China and 62 per cent from Burma. The vast majority were applying to study at private colleges, but nearly one in seven were university applicants.

When these proportions are applied to the number of arrivals last year from each country, it adds up to more than 63,000 who could be considered ‘bogus’.

From this month around 10,000 such interviews will be conducted with suspect applicants. But it emerged the question of whether a student intends to return home has been dropped.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch said: ‘We now have clear evidence of abuse on a major scale.

‘Bogus students come here to work illegally and thus take jobs from British workers. If it is clear from the circumstances that a student is unlikely to go home, the visa should not be granted in the first place.

‘After all, many of the advantages claimed for foreign students depend on their going home after their studies. These half measures simply will not do. The government have bottled out on bogus students.

‘If they are serious about immigration they must face down the self-interested demands of the Higher Education sector and pursue the public interest.’

Higher education chiefs say the reduction in student numbers could cost the country billions of pounds in lost income.

Over the weekend, it emerged that London Metropolitan University had its licence to bring in non-EU students suspended because of Home Office concerns over its handling of applicants.

In 2000 around 54,000 non-EU students entered the UK to study but by last year this figure stood at 201,000

The numbers increased by 30 per cent in the first year of Labour’s disastrous points based migration system. As a result officials had to halt all applications from parts of the world because of the flood of questionable forms.

The concerns were backed by National Audit Office report which estimated bogus numbers may have been as high as 50,000 who actually came to work in the first year of points system.


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