This has certainly been my experience. When I first moved into the neighborhood I currently live in, it was filled with immigrants, many of them legal, most not. They hailed in large part from Guatemala and Bolivia, but there were plenty of Mexican, Chilean and other Latino nations represented. It was the quietest, most peaceful and friendly neighborhood I’d lived in, in a long time.
Come 2008, and the start of the Great Recession, most of these immigrants left: lack of jobs forced most of them to return home, where possible and the ones remaining had to seek even cheaper accommodations than they found where they were. Then the Americans, newly down on their luck, moved in. White, Black, Hispanic, it didn’t matter, they brought with them litter, noise and crime, even violent crime. I miss living with immigrants, quite a bit.
From the article:
Bottom line: We found no evidence supporting the idea that immigrants are especially prone to hide their criminal behavior. Over the seven years of the study, immigrants accurately self-reported their arrests 87% of the time, which is slightly more accurate, though not statistically different, than their native-born (86%) and second-generation (84%) peers. The finding that the foreign-born commit less crime than their U.S.-born peers is not a product of differences in reporting practices across these groups.
Have you had any experience with immigrant communities, what was it like?