Posted on August 14, 2019

Baltimore as a Model for Bad Immigration Policies

Marguerite Telford, Center for Immigration Studies, August 13, 2019

Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 13, 2019) – Several new analyses from the Center for Immigration Studies find that Baltimore’s immigration policies, both at the federal and local level, negatively impact Baltimore’s native-born residents.

Andrew Arthur, the Center’s Resident Fellow in Law and Policy, said, “Baltimore’s mayor recently instructed city employees not to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Yet, when it comes to crime against Baltimore residents, the mayor pleads for cooperation with law enforcement. Why are black Americans in Baltimore being treated more harshly by law enforcement than aliens?”

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Further, the unemployment rate in Baltimore remains well above the national average, and 17 percent of all Baltimoreans 25 or older dropped out of school before completing high school, or failed to receive any schooling at all. On a federal level, failure to secure the border means Baltimoreans will continue to compete with illegal immigrants with modest levels of education for jobs.

Finally, Baltimore is harshly affected by two drugs that come largely from south of the border: fentanyl and heroin. Between 2011 and 2017, Baltimore’s overdose rate soared from 22.7 per 100,000 residents to 85.2 per 100,000. Baltimore has the highest overdose fatality rate of any city in the United States.

Restricting immigration and securing the border would mean fewer drug deaths in Baltimore, less job competition, and would help to reduce the law enforcement treatment disparity between aliens and citizens.

Marguerite Telford
Director of Communications, Center for Immigration Studies
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