Despite being saddled with many factors associated with drug and alcohol problems, undocumented immigrants are not increasing the prevalence of drug and alcohol crimes and deaths in the United States, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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Researchers led by University of Wisconsin-Madison sociology Professor Michael Light used newly developed state-level estimates of the unauthorized immigrant population to examine the relationship between undocumented immigration and drug and alcohol arrests and deaths.
Light says national debate on immigration law spurred him to begin a series of studies on undocumented immigrants and public safety and health.
“This is an area where public and political debates have far outpaced the research,” Light says. “And central to
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