Violent Crime and Immigrant Removals: Reasons and Determinants of Immigrant Deportations, 1908-1986

Migration Letters

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Title Violent Crime and Immigrant Removals: Reasons and Determinants of Immigrant Deportations, 1908-1986
Creator King, Ryan D.
Obinna, Denise
Subject Sociology; Criminology; Demography; Law and Society
deportation; violent crime; immigration law
Description This research describes and explains changes in non-citizen deportations from the United States between 1908 and 1986. Using data from historical immigration yearbooks, we first document and quantify the primary reasons given for removing immigrants from U.S. soil. A key finding is that perceived dispositional defects and threatening behavior (e.g., criminal behavior, mental or physical defects) accounted for a large proportion of deportations in the early 20th century, but these gave way to administrative rationales (e.g., improper documentation) as immigration law and the enforcement bureaucracy expanded. Results of time-series analyses further suggest that the homicide rate is correlated with deportations for administrative reasons and with deportations based on perceived dispositional defects and threatening behavior. Implications and relevance for understanding current immigration debates are discussed.
Publisher Transnational Press London
Contributor None
Date 2018-04-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source Migration Letters; Vol 15, No 2 (2018): SI: Immigration and Crime; 239-254
Language eng

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