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Forthcoming Journal of Law & Economics
August 2014

Does Immigration Enforcement Reduce Crime? Evidence from “Secure Communities”
By Adam B. Cox, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law & Thomas J. Miles,Professor of Law and Walter Mander Research Scholar, The University of Chicago Law School

Does immigration enforcement actually reduce crime? Surprisingly, little evidence exists either way despite the fact that deporting noncitizens who commit crimes has been a central feature of American immigration law since the early twentieth century. We capitalize on a natural policy experiment to address the question and, in the process, provide the first empirical analysis of the most important deportation initiative to be rolled out in decades. The policy initiative we study is “Secure Communities,” a program designed to enable the federal government to check the immigration status of every person arrested for a crime by local police.....[Citing TRAC research]. -

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