Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement On The Front Lines by Doris Marie ProvinePolicing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement On The Front Lines by Doris Marie Provine

Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement On The Front Lines

byDoris Marie Provine, Monica W. Varsanyi, Paul G. Lewis

Paperback | June 14, 2016

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The United States deported nearly two million illegal immigrants during the first five years of the Obama presidency—more than during any previous administration. President Obama stands accused by activists of being “deporter in chief.” Yet despite efforts to rebuild what many see as a broken system, the president has not yet been able to convince Congress to pass new immigration legislation, and his record remains rooted in a political landscape that was created long before his election. Deportation numbers have actually been on the rise since 1996, when two federal statutes sought to delegate a portion of the responsibilities for immigration enforcement to local authorities.

Policing Immigrants traces the transition of immigration enforcement from a traditionally federal power exercised primarily near the US borders to a patchwork system of local policing that extends throughout the country’s interior. Since federal authorities set local law enforcement to the task of bringing suspected illegal immigrants to the federal government’s attention, local responses have varied. While some localities have resisted the work, others have aggressively sought out unauthorized immigrants, often seeking to further their own objectives by putting their own stamp on immigration policing. Tellingly, how a community responds can best be predicted not by conditions like crime rates or the state of the local economy but rather by the level of conservatism among local voters. What has resulted, the authors argue, is a system that is neither just nor effective—one that threatens the core crime-fighting mission of policing by promoting racial profiling, creating fear in immigrant communities, and undermining the critical community-based function of local policing.
Doris Marie Provine is professor emerita in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is the author of several books, including Unequal under Law and Judging Credentials, both also published by the University of Chicago Press. Monica W. Varsanyi is associate professor of political science at John Jay College ...
Title:Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement On The Front LinesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022636318X

ISBN - 13:9780226363189


Table of Contents


1. Introducing the Conflicted Politics of Localized Immigration Control
2. The Evolution of Devolution
3. The Problematic Patchwork of Immigration Federalism
4. Going Their Own Way: Community Context and Its Influences on the Patchwork
5. Discretion on the Front Lines: Immigrant Policing in Action
6. Negotiated Understandings between Law Enforcement and Local Communities
7. Conclusions and Recommendations: Finding the Way Forward

Appendix: Multivariate Analyses of Policing Practices and Local Government Policies

Editorial Reviews

"The book skillfully distills the complex and dynamic landscape of immigration policing, making it accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. The book’s greatest strength lies in its elucidation of the “law in between”, explaining how and why localities arrive at different arrangements of policies and practices...At a time when the federal government is threatening “sanctuary cities” with reduced funding to mandate their cooperation with immigration enforcement authorities, Policing Immigrants makes a strong case for getting local law enforcement agencies out of immigration enforcement. This is timely and essential reading for scholars, students, and practitioners interested in policing, immigration enforcement, and immigrant–police relations."