Latino Public Opinion & Perception

Report on Police Involvement with Immigration Enforcement in the Southwest

US Citizenship and Immigration Services building

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

A 2013 study looked at perceptions of law enforcement authorities in light of the greater involvement of police in immigration enforcement, arguing that there is a reduction in public safety as a result of increased mistrust of police by Latinos. The author argues that increased police involvement with immigration enforcement leads to Latinos’ isolation and disconnectedness from police, withdrawal, and diminished sense of public safety in their communities. This survey of Latinos in Cook, Harris, Los Angeles, and Maricopa counties looked at two main issues: willingness to call the police to report crimes or provide information for an investigation, and their perceptions of local police since their expanded role in immigration enforcement (Theodore, 2013).

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