First Advisor

Muscari, Mary

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Lindley, Don


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

64 pages


The purpose of this author's thesis is to explore the arguments and data found on both sides of the debatable issue of illegal immigration in America. This author made use of the plethora of data surrounding this topic that has been generated from various secondary sources. The use of this secondary data allowed for a re-analysis of the original author's findings which aided in the formulation of new questions while providing a different interpretation from the original assessment. The purpose of re-analysis sought to provide readers with a more-in-depth view concerning the influx of undocumented aliens, Mexican nationals in particular, on the US's economy and national security efforts. The use of qualitative techniques, which consisted of content analysis and literal text analysis, were deployed in order to compare and contrast archival surveys and various other studies collected from the aforementioned secondary sources. The results revealed that there is no single, all-inclusive and totally correct point of view concerning the problems associated with illegal immigration. The study concludes by expounding upon plausible solutions that may be beneficial; both to proponents of illegal immigration and to the opposition. The study also touches upon the need for a better collaboration between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; as well as with the private sector and foreign governments.

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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