Does Immigration Enforcement Reduce Crime?


The Secure Communities federal immigration enforcement initiative has “led to no meaningful reductions” in the nation's crime rate, according to a New York University and University of Chicago study.

Secure Communities is a federal program, rolled out in thousands of jurisdictions across the county since 2008, which allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement to check the immigration status of each person arrested.

Before the program was launched in 2008, the federal government checked very few local arrestees for their immigration status.

Researchers for the study analyzed local crime rates in jurisdictions before and after the Secure Communities rollout. They found the program had little effect on the rates of both violent and property crimes.

“This evidence shows that the program has not served its central objective of making communities safer,” the study's authors write.

Read the full study HERE.

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