This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book seeks to move beyond questions about the connection between immigration and crime by focusing issues relevant to law and society, immigration and refugee policy, and victimization. It deals with two critical areas: First, the chapters uncover and identify the unanticipated and hidden consequences of immigration policies and practices at a time when immigration to the United States is near an all-time high. Second, the chapters illuminate the nuanced and layered realities of immigrants' lives and describe the varying complexities surrounding immigration and crime, law, and victimization. Throughout, the chapters interweave U.S. and global patterns, concerns, and reactions to the movement of people and labor across borders.
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