Enforcing Immigration Law at the State and Local Levels: A Public Policy Dilemma

Enforcing Immigration Law at the State and Local Levels: A Public Policy Dilemma

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Almost 12 million out-of-status aliens currently reside in the United States. The federal government does not require state and local agencies to carry out specific immigration enforcement actions; however, comprehensive immigration reform may do so in the near future. This paper describes variations in enforcement approaches and making their pros and cons more explicit.