After Crackdown, Va. County Studies Immigrant Crime


About 3 percent of those arrested for violent crimes last year in Prince William County, Va., were illegal immigrants, reports the Washington Examiner. The vast majority of illegal immigrant arrested–three out of four–were charged with less serious crimes, including public drunkenness, driving without a license and driving under the influence, according to a report prepared by the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research and presented this week to the county Board of Supervisors.

The board ordered the study following the county’s highly publicized police crackdown on illegal immigrants. It concluded that the crackdown was implimented smoothly, but the report reached few conclusions about the minority community’s perception of the department and the new policy’s impact on the immigrant population, which is believed to have declined by several thouand.

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