Does enforcing immigration law really reduce violent crime rates?

From Newsbusters. (H/T ECM)

Excerpt:

On Thursday’s Fox and Friends, FNC hosts Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy gave attention to a University of Virginia study which found that, since Prince William County in Virginia became more strict in dealing with illegal immigrants in 2007, the jurisdiction has enjoyed a substantial drop in crime – including a 32 percent drop in violent crime – while neighboring Fairfax County has seen crime levels remain steady.

Introducing an interview with Prince William County board of supervisors chairman Corey Stewart, co-host Doocy began: “Back in 2007, Prince William County in Virginia became the first large jurisdiction in the country to adopt a strict immigration enforcement policy. That move was widely criticized.”

Co-host Carlson added: “But a new study by the University of Virginia shows crime has dropped since the policy went into effect. … After a three-year study, here’s some of the stuff that’s happening: 41 percent drop in the hit-and-run accidents; 46.7 percent decrease in aggravated assaults.”

After noting that the University of Virginia and other “neutral organizations” were behind the study, guest Stewart informed viewers that violent crime had dropped substantially in his county compared to neighboring Fairfax County. Stewart:

Well, you know, more than anything, it saved us lives. And we had a 32 percent drop in our overall violent crime rate in Prince William County. Prince William County, by the way, very large county. Second largest county in Virginia. And in Fairfax County, neighboring Fairfax County, they had a stable crime rate, and Prince William County’s dropped by 32 percent over the same period of time.

Enforcing the law reduces crime! Wow!

 

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