Government Cooperation on Immigration Enforcement Means Fewer Hispanic Students

July 08, 2019

By Lauren Camera

When local police partnered with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce immigration laws, the number of Hispanic students plummeted, a study finds.

More than 300,000 Hispanic students have been displaced from K-12 schools in communities where local police have forged partnerships with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to better enforce immigration laws, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University.

The researchers used data acquired from the Department of Homeland Security through Freedom of Information Act requests to identify 55 counties where ICE partnered with local law enforcement agencies to identify, arrest and remove undocumented residents. Between 2000 and 2011, those policies resulted in the displacement of about 320,000 Hispanic students, most of whom were elementary school age and likely born in the U.S.