Study Finds Deportations Haven't Reduced Crime
Economists' findings are part of multidisciplinary approach to studying immigration
By Kathleen Holder on September 27, 2019
"UC Davis researchers are examining the consequences of deportation from many angles — its effects on people, families and communities. Their research employs analytical methods from sociology, economics, the humanities and other disciplines.
In one study, economics professor Giovanni Peri and graduate student Annie Hines compared data for deportations with crime rates nationwide. They found that cities and counties that participated in the Secure Communities program, involving police cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, were no safer than communities that did not.
Peri said the study was part of a multidisciplinary proposal funded by the UC-Mexico initiative and the Russell Sage Foundation. Other research focuses on how incarceration of immigrants effects their families (Caitlin Patler, Department of Sociology), and telling the stories of deported people on the Humanizing Deportation site (led by Robert Irwin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese)."