The Politics of Refuge: Sanctuary Cities, Crime, and Undocumented Immigration

@article{OBrien2019ThePO,
  title={The Politics of Refuge: Sanctuary Cities, Crime, and Undocumented Immigration},
  author={Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien and Loren Collingwood and Stephen Omar El-Khatib},
  journal={Urban Affairs Review},
  year={2019},
  volume={55},
  pages={3 - 40}
}
This article assesses the claim that sanctuary cities—defined as cities that expressly forbid city officials or police departments from inquiring into an individual’s immigration status—are associated with post hoc increases in crime. We employ a causal inference matching strategy to compare similarly situated cities where key variables are the same across the cities except the sanctuary status of the city. We find no statistically discernible difference in violent crime, rape, or property… 

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  • Y. Otsu
  • Law
    SSRN Electronic Journal
  • 2019
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