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The Age of ‘Crimmigration’

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Posted on Feb 25, 2009
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The rising number of incarcerated Latinos is due to changes in immigration law that expand the ways the undocumented can be prosecuted and jailed.

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center reports that Latinos now constitute the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. federal prison system. The rising arrest and detention levels are driven largely by changes in immigration law that criminalize undocumented immigration, with nearly half of all Latino offenders jailed on immigration-related “crimes.”

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A recently released report provides another startling indicator of how Latino demographics are being used to lead the United States into a new age, the Age of Crimmigration. Produced by the Pew Hispanic Center, the report found that Latinos are now the largest single ethnic group in the federal prison system.

Fueled, in large part, by changes to immigration law that have multiplied exponentially the ways in which undocumented immigrants can be prosecuted and jailed as criminals, the new Latino federal prison majority documented in the report provides definitive proof of the “crimmigration” thesis developed by legal scholars like Juliet Stumpf of the Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon. Stumpf’s groundbreaking paper, “The Crimmigration Crisis: Immigrants, Crime, & Sovereign Power,” predicted how a lethal combination of forces—changes to immigration laws, political shifts, intensified prosecution and enforcement—would lead to what she called, in 2006, “the most important development in immigration law today: the convergence of immigration and criminal law.”

On a less legalistic level, the news of the new Latino federal prison majority also means the convergence of hundreds of thousands of the poor white, black and Latino families in terms of their dealings with a prison system fed increasingly with immigrant bodies. Nearly half of all Latino offenders were convicted of immigration-related crimes, crimes that only became crimes as a result of relatively new sentencing laws and policies.

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By GW=MCHammered, February 26, 2009 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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New GOP stimulus program:
Get Your Money Back - rob a Hispanic today!

(it’s a joke, kids)
(unbunch your panties and get back on the wheel)
(amerika need$ you)

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By Charlotte Roost, February 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment
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•Whites who are not Hispanic, now two-thirds of the population, will become a minority when their share drops to 47%. They made up 85% of the population in 1960.
•Hispanics, already the largest minority group, will more than double their share of the population to 29%.
•Blacks will remain 13% of the population. Asians will go to 9% from 5%.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-02-11-population-study_N.htm

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By BlueEagle, February 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

If they deport people that aren’t citizens, then the prisons lose revenue. This would all change if running prisons wasn’t privatized and prisons weren’t listed on the exchanges.

Of course, state and local governments could see locking people up as another way to generate revenue. All they have to do is create fear and people will vote in higher taxes to pay for the prisons. More jobs would be created through fear and theft.

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