Reader Ted Ternes rebuts. Go to the Sacramento Bee piece to check on what he rebuts, argument by argument. Three rebuttals seem relevant to overall understanding of the issue:
“Immigration and crime have had an inverse relationship over the years”
implies that an increase in immigrants reduces crime. That is absurd since the reduction in crime is a function of numerous factors, the economy being chief among them. . . .
“Immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated in California than U.S.-born adults are”
. . . ignores the fact that many illegal immigrants that commit crimes . . . are deported, rather than incarcerated. . . .
“Immigration offenses, not violent crimes, account for most federal immigrant convictions, at 31 percent”
is. . . flawed because it only deals with convictions; again, many illegal immigrants are deported for committing crime, and as such are never convicted. . . .
The Ternes comments, here edited for relevance, serve to outline the argument.