Marta Ascherio: recent publications

The Real Impact of Sanctuary Practices on Crime Rates

Immigration has been a problem in the United States for many decades. Different administrations have had differing views on the plight of immigrants, resulting in highly diverse policy recommendations.

Most notably, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implemented a set of programs to discourage immigration. The organization essentially leverages state and local resources to detain and deport undocumented immigrants.

Secure Communities, ICE’s main program, was meant to track the citizenship status of everyone arrested across the country. Individual law enforcement agencies were mandated to report possible non-citizens for further action. Whether this practice violated basic civil rights is still up for debate.

Noting a possible undermining of community-policy relationships, multiple jurisdictions opted out of the Secure Communities program. By 2014, more than 200 counties had withdrawn and resorted to sanctuary policies, a set of immigrant-friendly legislations.

The sanctuary policies have been documented to reduce crime significantly. This scenario attracts concerns about ICE’s immigration programs. (1) 

A Recent Study of Sanctuary Practices on Crime Rates

Marta Ascherio, a University of Texas researcher, has recently published the most comprehensive study on the implications of sanctuary practices on crime rates. She started studying these policies in 2016, owing to the political and social tension at the time.

Ascherio notes that former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaigns were denoted by claims that sanctuary policies protect criminals. These controversial suggestions motivated her to analyze existing data to determine the actual link between sanctuary practices and crime.

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