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When local law enforcement officers become immigration agents, communities suffer

Thi Nguyen, Mai (2015) When local law enforcement officers become immigration agents, communities suffer. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (11 Feb 2015). Website.

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After 9/11 the federal government began to partner with state and local law enforcement to defend the U.S. from potential terrorist attacks. This expansion in law enforcement was a partnership with state and local governments, which allows law enforcement to enforce civil and criminal immigration violations. Mai Thi Nguyen examines the impacts of these new partnerships on local communities, finding that when local law enforcers become de facto immigration agents, the fear of deportation can lead to a reduction in civic engagement from immigrant communities, and to a breakdown in trust. She argues that in order to improve public safety without alienating immigrant communities, agencies granted enhanced immigration authority should be placed under greater scrutiny, especially at the local level.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 14:13
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 23:17

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