Do Immigration Enforcement Programs Reduce Crime? Evidence from the 287(g) Program in North Carolina

by Alex Nowrasteh; Andrew Forrester

Apr 11, 2018

This paper examines 287(g)'s implementation across multiple counties in North Carolina and identifies its impact on local crime rates and police clearance rates by exploiting time variation in regional immigration enforcement trends. The 287(g) program did not affect the crime rate in North Carolina or police clearance rates but it did boost the number of assaults against police officers.

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