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In the context of crime, victimization, and immigration in the United States, research shows that people are afraid of immigrants because they think immigrants are a threat to their safety and engage in many violent and property crimes.
An investigation into the immigration-crime relationship among metropolitan areas over a 40 year period from 1970 to 2010. Results indicate that immigration is consistently linked to decreases in violent (e.g., murder) and property (e.g., burglary) crime throughout the time period.
This study was conducted by Deborah Denno and is one of the largest longitudinal studies of biological and sociological predictors of crime in America. One of the many goals of this biological study was determining whether there were gender differences among the numerous possible correlates...