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Survey: People Living In San Diego Illegally Less Likely To Report Crimes If Police Work With ICE

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement make an arrest in Los Angeles, Feb. ...

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Above: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement make an arrest in Los Angeles, Feb. 7, 2017.

Survey: People Living In San Diego Illegally Less Likely To Report Crimes If Police Work With ICE

GUEST:

Tom Wong, associate political science professor, UC San Diego

Transcript

A new survey finds 61 percent of people living in the country illegally in San Diego County are less likely to report a crime they witness, if local law enforcement officials work with immigration authorities on deportation raids.

The survey of people without legal permission from Mexico in San Diego County was conducted by UC San Diego associate political science professor Tom Wong.

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Table with list of questions and respondents answers from a survey of undocumented immigrants from Mexico in San Diego County.

The findings come a week after a controversial vote by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to support the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California over its sanctuary immigration law, which limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

The survey also found that if police work with ICE, 43 percent of people without legal permission are less likely to report a crime they were the victim of and 70 percent are less likely to seek certain public services. Among those with children, 43 percent of respondents said they were less likely to place their kids in an after-school or day-care program.

Wong’s previous research has found sanctuary counties are safer than non-sanctuary counties and he believes the recent survey results may help explain why.

Wong discusses his findings Thursday on Midday Edition.

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