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February 23, 2008 

The Connection Between Immigration and Crime

Research sociologists Rubén Rumbaut and Robert Sampson
to lead discussion for congressional staff and press in a
teleconference hosted by the Immigration Policy Center

A growing number of states and local communities are considering legislation to impact immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants. Many of these proposals are based on the claim that immigrants, particularly undocumented immigrants, cause crime.

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) will host a teleconference for congressional staff and the press on this important issue. Two well-known experts on the relationship between immigrants and crime will discuss a new report from the IPC that explores this issue. Rubén Rumbaut is a sociology professor at University of California-Irvine and coauthor of the IPC's latest report. Robert Sampson heads the Sociology Department at Harvard University.

WHAT: Telephonic Briefing for Congressional Staff and the Press

SUBJECT: Immigrants and Crime in the United States

WHEN: Monday, February 26, at 1:00 PM EST

WHO: Dr. Rubén Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology, University of California-Irvine, and Dr. Robert Sampson, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

CONTACTS: Tim Vettel, Immigration Policy Center
(202) 297-5530 or (202) 742-5608 or
Sujata Sinha or Lee Herring, American Sociological Association, (202) 247-9871 or

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