Date of Award

5-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

First Advisor

Troy M. Gibson, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

The U. S. Government regularly compiles and publishes statistics involving crimes occurring in the United States, especially through the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). These publications can be used to search facts and figures with respect to crime, including by locale, type of crime and the race of the perpetrator, among others. Inexplicably, however, no data is provided with respect to whether the perpetrator has a legal or illegal immigration status or his/her ethnicity. This absence of objective data on crime and immigration has led to some with political agendas from both sides of the political spectrum to offer “facts” of their own which are intended to support these agendas. Therefore, objective data has been sought out herein and a concerted effort made to provide objective statistical data for the purpose of educating the reader rather than to promote any political agenda or objective.

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