Recent publication co-edited by criminal justice Professor Ramiro Martinez: Punishing immigrants: Policy, politics, and injusticeNovember 16, 2012
Book Description: The passage of new immigration bills is just the latest phase in the singling out of immigrants and attempts to portray newcomers as crime prone. The presumed criminality of “illegal aliens” if often cited as an excuse for ever-harsher immigration policies, the research literature has in fact recognized that immigrants commit less crime, and especially less violent crime, than the native-born. Moreover, their presence in communities is not associated with higher crime rates, in fact, quite the opposite. Punishing Immigrants moves beyond deflating the long assumed crime and immigration linkage by extending the research focus to incorporate topics related to law and society, immigration and refugee policy, and victimization, in addition to crime. The original essays in this book reveal and recognize the unanticipated and hidden consequences of immigration policies here and abroad in a period when immigration to the U.S. is near an all-time high. In the end, Punishing Immigrants lightens the nuanced and layered realities of immigrants’ lives, relating the changing complexities surrounding immigration, crime, law, and victimization.