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Punishing ImmigrantsPolicy, Politics, and Injustice$
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Charis E. Kubrin, Marjorie S. Zatz, and Ramiro Martínez

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814749029

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814749029.001.0001

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Growing Tensions between Civic Membership and Enforcement in the Devolution of Immigration Control

Growing Tensions between Civic Membership and Enforcement in the Devolution of Immigration Control

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(p.42) 3 Growing Tensions between Civic Membership and Enforcement in the Devolution of Immigration Control
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Punishing Immigrants
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Doris Marie Provine

Monica Varsanyi

Paul G. Lewis

Scott H. Decker

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814749029.003.0003

This chapter explores the response of police leaders across the United States to the devolution of federal authority to enforce immigration laws to local police, that is, to create shared responsibility for detecting and deporting unauthorized residents. Police chiefs and sheriffs are aware of the potential for conflict between their commitment to community safety and the demand for order and “legibility” in an age of immigration. For local police, questions of how to define security, and how to foster it, are immediate and concrete, not abstract. With or without the guidance of public officials, police must craft their own response to the federal invitation to become more fully involved in enforcement of immigration laws. The chapter first describes the trend toward devolution in immigration enforcement; this sets the stage for the subsequent discussion of how police are currently responding.

Keywords:   immigration law, law enforcement, local police, devolution, police chiefs

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