Another Case of Vanishing Latino Children

September 21, 2018

By David Leonhardt


An important new study — from Thomas Dee, a Stanford professor, and Mark Murphy, a graduate student there — solves the mystery. Dee and Murphy have uncovered a mass displacement of American children that had previously gone overlooked.

The 55 counties had something in common. They were the counties where local police departments signed up for partnerships with I.C.E., the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. These partnerships trained the local police to act as immigration agents in many situations. In some cases, they could stop people they merely suspected of being illegal immigrants and ask for their papers.