Revving Up the Deportation Machinery: Enforcement under Trump and the Pushback

This May, 2018 report caps a year-long study that took MPI researchers to 15 locations across the United States, some fully cooperating with federal immigration enforcement and others not. There they interviewed everyone from senior ICE field leaders to state and local elected officials, immigrant-rights advocates, former immigration judges, and consular officials.
The study finds that the engine that fueled ICE’s peak effectiveness- the intersection of federal immigration enforcement with state and local criminal justice systems- is being throttled by state and local policies that limit cooperation with ICE. Key Words: Research