The Effects of U.S. Deportation Policies on Immigrant Families and Communities: Cross-Border Perspectives

BY Jacqueline Hagan, Brianna Castro, and Nestor Rodriguez

Since the mid-1990s, the United States has enacted a series of laws that makes it easier to arrest, detain, and deport noncitizens. These laws, which have been highly criticized for the devastation they have brought to immigrant families, represent an abrupt departure from post–World War II immigration policies, which provided increasing rights to immigrants and their families. In this Article, we examine the implications of changes in enforcement strategies for those deported. Drawing on several studies conducted over a ten-year period, during which federal and local enforcement efforts expanded substantially, we show how U.S. enforcement policies have disrupted family ties and created stress in communities in which immigrants live and work.

DOWNLOAD PDF | 88 N.C. L. Rev. 1799 (2010)