In a Feb. 24 Portland Press Herald op-edCatherine Besteman, Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, recounts her struggle to understand Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman’s anti-immigrant position. Besteman, who has studied immigrant resettlement for decades, argues that welcoming immigrant populations is actually good for cities and encourages readers to look at the Somali population in Lewiston, Maine. “Since Somali and other immigrants began moving there in 2001, crime rates have fallen. Immigrants, it seems, actually make cities safer, not more dangerous,” she writes.