Does Immigration Enforcement Reduce Crime? Evidence from Secure Communities

  title={Does Immigration Enforcement Reduce Crime? Evidence from Secure Communities},
  author={Thomas J. Miles and Adam B. Cox},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  pages={937 - 973}
Prior research investigates whether immigrants commit more crimes than native-born people. Yet the central policy used to regulate immigration—detention and deportation—has received little empirical evaluation. This article studies a recent policy innovation called Secure Communities. This program permits the federal government to check the immigration status of every person arrested by local police and to take the arrestee into federal custody promptly for deportation proceedings. Since its… 

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