From DeseretNews.com, “BYU Professor Takes on Immigration Bills” by Dennis Romboy, 26 Feb 2011.
SALT LAKE CITY — A Brigham Young University professor is among those challenging facts and figures proponents of illegal immigration bills use to make their case for tough enforcement laws.
One of those areas is crime, where it’s commonly suggested that the rate is higher among illegal immigrants than the general population.
“In examining the data, it’s just hard to see that there’s a strong connection between undocumented immigrants and crime,” said Charlie Morgan, a BYU sociology professor who studies immigration.
He said his research into Utah prison and jail populations shows about 5 percent of inmates are undocumented immigrants. “That’s about what we would expect given that about 4 to 5 percent of Utah’s population are undocumented immigrants,” he said.
Morgan joined Todd Landfried, spokesman for Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, at a news conference Friday organized by the Enriching Utah Coalition.