Heightened immigration enforcement impacts US citizens’ birth outcomes: Evidence from early ICE interventions in North Carolina

Heightened immigration enforcement impacts US citizens’ birth outcomes: Evidence from early ICE interventions in North Carolina 

Romina Tome, Marcos A. Rangel, Christina M. Gibson-Davis, and Laura Bellows (February 3, 2021) 

In an attempt to understand the potential impact of immigration enforcement policies, namely the implementation of Section 287(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, researchers analyze the newborn health and prenatal service utilization of three different groups at different levels of exposure to ICE activities. Results indicate that groups with more risk of harm due to this program had lower birth weights and lowered incidents of receiving prenatal care.