This study was conducted to examine whether a rising crime
rate in El Paso, Texas and San Diego, California in 1986 could be
attributed to, among other factors, the influx of undocumented aliens.
Variables include level of involvement of undocumented aliens in
serious felony arrests in San Diego and El Paso Counties, the outcome
of serious felony arrest cases involving undocumented persons compared
to others arrested for similar offenses, the impact of arrests of
undocumented aliens on the criminal justice system in terms of workload
and cost, the extent that criminal justice agencies coordinate their
efforts to apprehend and process undocumented aliens who have committed
serious crimes in San Diego and El Paso counties, and how differences
in agency objectives impede or enhance coordination. Data are also
provided on how many undocumented persons were arrested/convicted for
repeat offense in these counties and which type of policies or
procedures could be implemented in criminal justice agencies to address
the issue of crimes committed by undocumented aliens. Data were
collected in the two cities with focus on serious felony offenses. The
collection includes sociodemographic characteristics, citizenship
status, current arrest, case disposition, and prior criminal history
with additional data from San Diego to compute the costs involving
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Pennell, Susan, Christine Curtis, and Jeff Tayman. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND CRIME IN SAN DIEGO AND EL PASO COUNTIES, 1985-1986. San Diego, CA: Criminal Justice Research Unit, San Diego Association of Governments [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09330.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09330.v1
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This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (86-IJ-CX-0038)
Scope of Study
In El Paso all arrests for selected offenses were included.
In San Diego all homicide and rape arrests were included. A stratified
random sample with equal probabilities used to select 40 percent of the
arrests was chosen within each of the other offense categories, which
included robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, grand theft and motor
vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, and felony narcotics
Law enforcement arrest reports and records, sheriff's
booking files, prosecutor files, court files, state criminal history
rap sheets, and Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) records
Original ICPSR Release: 1990-05-01
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