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Comment by Doug Nusbaum
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figures do not lie, but liars figure. For the most part, to get here from almost anywhere requires you to go into the unknown and take risks. In general, that implies that you are smarter. This is supported by the following. If you look at those who are incarcerated in this country, about 3.3 percent of the native born are in some form of jail, while only 1.6 percent of foreign born are in prison. For the undocumented, it is a whopping 1.7%. A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2007 http://www.nber.org/papers/w13229 found that immigrants had incarceration rates about one-fifth that of native-born Americans, and that the difference actually increased between 1980 and 2000. So, you can show us all the scary figures you want, and do name calling and cite specific horror stories. But the numbers give the lie to your story.

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