Racial Profiling and Immigration Law Enforcement: Rounding Up of Usual Suspects in the Latino Community

  title={Racial Profiling and Immigration Law Enforcement: Rounding Up of Usual Suspects in the Latino Community},
  author={Mary Eunice Romero},
  journal={Critical Sociology},
  pages={447 - 473}
  • M. Romero
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Sociology
  • Critical Sociology
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