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U.S. Immigration Policy Center, UC San Diego
April 3, 2019

Deterremce. Displacement, and Death: The Impact of the Border Wall on Undocumented Immigration
By Tom K. Wong, Michah Farver, Sevin Sagnic and Hyangseon Ahn

Will the proposed border wall deter undocumented immigration to the U.S.? We examine this question by embedding an experiment in a survey (n=488) drawn from a probability-based sample of undocumented immigrants in San Diego County. This study is the fourth in the Undocumented in America project based at the U.S.Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego. Our focus on undocumented immigrants who are already in the U.S. is important because a large percentage of individuals who are apprehended at the border are charged with illegal re-entry as opposed to illegal entry. For example, in fiscal year 2015, illegal re-entry accounted for 48.6 percent of prosecutions and illegal entry accounted for 51.4 percent. Moreover, prosecutions for illegal re-entry exceeded prosecutions for illegal entry in ten of the twenty years between 1996 and 2015.......[Citing TRAC data and reports].

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