Immigrants aren’t so bad afterall

“Road Sign Wars” by Kinsee Morlan

Immigrants don’t cause as many problems as people think, that’s according to a recent study released by the Public Policy Institute of California. Of course, the study is already making waves in the racist and nationalistic worlds.

This morning, my radio alarm went off with the squawking sounds of Chip Franklin’s voice hammering on what he deemed the report’s fatal flaw: The study did not differentiate between documented immigrants and illegal immigrants.

Yep, that’s right. The researchers decided to look at immigrants as a whole rather than divide them up into legal and illegal. And in doing so, they were able to come up with easy to understand stats like this one: “among men 18 to 40, the population most likely to be in institutions because of criminal activity, the report found that in California, U.S.-born men were institutionalized 10 times more often than foreign-born men (4.2 percent vs. 0.42 percent).”

The study wasn’t looking to understand legal versus illegal immigrants, the study was out to compare immigrants versus non-immigrants. Chip and friends just can’t hold themselves back from any opportunity to rail against undocumented workers. You should have heard him going off on the heinous, unforgivable crime that is crossing the border to feed your family.

“That was their crime,” he said, quickly trying to discount the entire report.

What a jackass.


About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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