New Study Finds Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws Led to Racial Profiling

A new Warren Institute analysis of arrest data shows that police in Irving, Texas began arresting Hispanics in far greater numbers for petty offenses once they had round the clock access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents as part of ICE’s Criminal Alien Program (CAP) to deport serious criminal offenders.  The goal of CAP is to improve safety by promoting federal local partnerships to target serious criminal offenders for deportation.  Yet, according to the report, ICE is not following Congress’ mandate to focus resources on the deportation of immigrants with serious criminal histories.  In fact, the study finds strong evidence to support claims that Irving police engaged in racial profiling of Hispanics in order to filter them through the CAP screening system.

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