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Economic Inquiry
October 4, 2021

Marriage and immigration enforcement: The impact of Secure Communities on immigrant women
By Cynthia Bansak, Department of Economics, St. Lawrence University and Sarah Pearlman, Department of Economics, Vassar College


The data on removals under SC comes from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University (TRAC), which obtained individual records from ICE through Freedom of Information Act requests. We use data from the beginning of SC in November 2008 to right after the program restarted in July 2017. Our time frame covers the period from 2014 to 2017 when SC was suspended and replaced with a program called the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). We include the PEP period because the change in the policy's name may have been unknown and irrelevant to many immigrant communities, particularly since deportations continued at a high level (see Figure 2). Thus many immigrants likely continued to view the 20142017 period as one of heightened immigration enforcement, despite the replacement of SC during these years.......[Citing TRAC data and research].


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