3 de mayo de 2010

Inseguridad y migración ilegal

Algunas de las excusas que utilizan algunos políticos para justificar la ley que aprobó el gobierno estatal de Arizona en días recientes, tienen que ver con la idea de que la migración ilegal explica la inseguridad. Steve Chapman, columnista del Chicago Tribune, explica porque es falso ese argumento. Aquí su columna completa.

Aquí varios párrafos interesantes:

The state has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants. But contrary to myth, they have not brought an epidemic of murder and mayhem with them. Surprise of surprises, the state has gotten safer.

Over the last decade, the violent crime rate has dropped by 19 percent, while property crime is down by 20 percent. Crime has also declined in the rest of the country, but not as fast as in Arizona...

...Truth is, illegal immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native Americans. Most come here to work, and in their desire to stay, they are generally afraid to do anything that might draw the attention of armed people wearing badges.

El Paso, Texas, is next door to the exceptionally violent Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and easily accessible to illegal entry. Yet it is one of the safest cities in the United States...

... That's not to say Arizonans don't have a right to be upset when Mexicans trespass across private land on a regular basis. But you could solve that problem by making it easier for them to immigrate legally.