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Essays on Migration and Immigration Policy, Dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
By Neil M. Bennett

First, thank you to those that contributed with their funding and resources. Thank you to the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for the generous grant which allowed me to spend more time focused on my research in graduate school. Also, thank you to Susan Long from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse for access to restricted data on court filings through the TRAC Fellows program. To supplement the analysis on the causes of establishment audits, I use restricted access data on the number of removals filed by ICE, from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) to estimate the relationship between the number of undocumented people found in establishment audits and the number of removals filed by ICE. I find that an increase in the number of undocumented individuals found in establishment audits in a county increases the number of court filings for deportations in that county. However, the relationship weakens after the the introduction of Secure Communities. This suggests that ICE is relying on establishment audits less as a tool to find undocumented individuals.

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