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Harsh Policing of Immigrants Is Bad for Everyone

A new study finds that deportation profiling can lead to a decline in local economic activity, among other problems.
Detainees whose immigration status has been questioned wait at an ICE facility.
Detainees whose immigration status has been questioned wait at an ICE facility.AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The recent wave of deportation raids has spread panic among immigrant communities all over the U.S., but their fear isn’t new. Undocumented immigrants and their families have long lived in the shadows, terrified of local police power to enforce immigration law.

But it’s not just immigrants who suffer under harsh enforcement of migration laws. According to research published in the February 2016 issue of Urban Studies, such practices negatively impacts both them and the wider community they live in.