Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-10 13:03:58


Political Science - Criminal Justice - Track 2

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


In the United States, most lay citizens could voice an opinion on the effect of immigration in the United States. However, these opinions are generally only focused on Latino immigration entering the country across its Southern border from Mexico and Caribbean countries, such as Cuba and Haiti. Increased media coverage on this topic in recent decades has fueled this debate and made it a center stage topic in political agendas. This study aims to shed light on this issue by researching the true effect of Latino immigration, as well as total immigration, across the United States’s Southern Border. To account for underlying social conditions, this study includes a number of control variables that measure economic, educational, and demographic aspects of US states. Linear regressions were used to compare the effect of every independent variable on the dependent variable with the effects of every other indpendent/control variable. The conclusions of these regressions show that while total immigration does not have a noticeable affect on violent crime rates, increased Latino immigration can potentially raise overall violent crime rates in US states.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Phil Marcin

First Reader

Kimberly Hufgard

Second Reader

Dr. Ronald Gelleny

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ronald Gelleny

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