Researcher Finds Communities Suffer When Local Law Enforcement Officers Become Immigration Agents

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handcuffs imageCURS Faculty Fellow Mai Thi Nguyen‘s new research examines the expansion of powers of local law enforcement to enforce immigration policies in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the impact of those changes on immigrant communities.

In an article posted on USAPP, the London School of Economics’ blog about American politics and policy, Nguyen writes “when local law enforcers become de facto immigration agents and start to enforce immigration laws, this can have far-reaching consequences for local law enforcement practices and marginalising immigrant families.”

The article was based on a paper Nguyen co-authored with Hannah Gill, also of UNC, called “Interior immigration enforcement: The impacts of expanding local law enforcement authority” in Urban Studies. Download the full paper here.