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DePaul University
March 1, 2022

Criminologist discusses intersection of criminal justice and immigration
By Xavier Perez on how policies and perception have negative effect on immigrants

The Illinois Way Forward Act will no longer allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain immigrants in city and county jails in Illinois. Why would you consider this a necessary move? The Illinois Way Forward Act provides due process protections to immigrants. Immigration is a civil issue. As such, immigration concerns should be resolved administratively, not through the criminal process. Most undocumented immigrants come to the attention of law enforcement for traffic violations, not violent offenses. They should not be detained in jail for these low-level offenses while their immigration cases proceed. Itís also important to note that according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, about 74% of the nearly 21,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers in ICE custody had no criminal convictions.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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