Although undocumented immigrants have certain risk factors for drug and alcohol abuse, undocumented immigration does not worsen drug and alcohol-related problems in the United States, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Instead, researchers found undocumented immigration correlated with a slight reduction in drug and alcohol crimes.
Politicians often raise concerns about a link between immigration—particularly undocumented immigration—and drug crime. Claims that illegal immigrants increase crime are becoming increasingly prevalent in the midst of a national opioid addiction epidemic, potentially furthering fears about the public health costs of undocumented immigration.
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Data on Immigration and Drug-Related Crimes
The study tracked undocumented immigration rates from 1990-2014, then compared this data to four measures of drug and alcohol-related public health
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