State Immigration Enforcement Policies

Julia Gelatt, Heather Koball, Hamutal Bernstein, Carmaine Runes, Eleanor Pratt, Urban Institute & National Center for Children in Poverty (May 2017)

This report from Urban Institute and the National Center for Children in Poverty found that expanding state immigration enforcement policies increased material hardship (such as eviction or difficulty paying for basic household expenses) in immigrant households with children. Although the policies target unauthorized immigrant populations, lawful immigrant households also experienced more material hardship in states with expanded enforcement, suggesting a broader climate of fear created by such policies.

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