by Center for Immigration Studies
Center for Immigration Studies
September 12, 2013
Contrary to the accusations of forces opposed to the enforcement of immigration law, a wealth of evidence indicates that fear of police reprisal and deportation is simply not a significant hindrance to reporting crime in immigrant communities. The supposed “chilling effect” is non-existent. Nor is it true that law enforcement personnel are opposed to cracking down on immigration and customs offenders, or are against working more in tandem with federal authorities to capture and deport illegal aliens. Sheriffs do not think detaining individuals for ICE processing is an undue fiscal hardship, and support measures like the SAFE Act allowing local officials strength and clarity in their enforcement efforts.