My point is not dumb: not every criminal is incarcerated. I can argue that illegal immigrants are less likely to get best legal representation and therefore their incarceration versus arrest rates are higher. Is this argument unreasonable? Of course, you need another study to answer this point, but hell, you found one that agrees with what you already believe, no need to look further. So every objection to your opinion is dumb.
Wikipedia cites 24 references related to immigration (both legal and illegal) and crime in the USA. One has to take every one of them apart in order to be able to voice an opinion on the subject.
That is dumb.
Your point now, which has changed, is that they may not receive adequate legal representation and thus be incarcerated at a higher rate. I don't think that's unreasonable, in fact I think it's likely. But, a few points about that: (i
) incarceration can occur both before and after a trial so legal representation is not necessarily a factor; (ii
) they are in the country illegally and therefor are already subject to incarceration, other crimes notwithstanding.
Am I qualified to voice medical opinion even if I haven't read every study? Are you trying to make me laugh or building a straw man?
Neither; I am illustrating to you the stupidity of your original comment. Which, judging from your reaction, you now acknowledge if only in a backhanded way.
I didn't change my point - I made two in my first post: one, the necessity of reading more than one article in order to form an opinion and two, that the article you referenced has a flaw in that it presents a secondary outcome, incarceration and extrapolates this data to make conclusions about crime actually committed by illegal aliens.
Point one is directly connected with your question about my professional competence. If you credit me with the notion that one has to read every study on the subject in order to make qualified comment - that is a straw man. Obviously, you don't have to read all of them, but you have to read more than one and enough to be able to understand the problem and be aware of opposing arguments; then you can make your own opinion. Even then it is not guaranteed to be the final answer, as we are all biased one way or another.