New Study Finds That Immigration Creates Problems for Black Communities



A new study conducted by an LSU sociology professor and a doctoral student finds that immigration, specifically the influx of Latino workers, increases unemployment and violence in Black communities. The study concludes that an increase in low-skill workers, displaces low-skill Black workers resulting in more violence.

Professor Edward Shihadeh and Ph.D. Candidate Raymond Barranco conducted the study.

"This is an unintended but significant result of immigration policies," Shihadeh said. "This is not a blame game. We do not advocate restricting the flow of Latino migrants in either direction."

"Our study simply describes how immigration policy opened a new chapter in the history of the U.S. labor market and how that harmed black communities."

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