New Study Counters Secure Communities Deportation Quota as “Crime-Control”

For Immediate Release

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Salvador Sarmiento, NDLON 202.746.2099,

New Study Counters Secure Communities Deportation Quota as “Crime-Control”

Independent findings demonstrate program has zero effect on crime rate

LOS ANGELES - A new study by law professors at the University of Chicago and New York University has found that the controversial Secure Communities deportation quota program has had “no observable effects on the overall crime rate.” The study, announced today in the NY Times and set to be published in the November issue of The Journal of Law and Economics, “calls into question the longstanding assumption that deporting noncitizens who commit crimes is an effective crime-control strategy.”

In reaction to news of the study, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON issued the following  statement:

"This study provides more evidence that this duplicitous program needs to end. The Secure Communities quota program, “S-Comm”, has been a catastrophic failure. Not only does it fail to succeed on its own terms, as this study makes abundantly clear, there is evidence that it undermines public safety. Previous studies, including a 2013 study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, have shown that entangling local police with federal immigration enforcement makes everyone less safe. 

"S-Comm has undermined public safety, resulted in grave civil rights violations and undermined the cause of immigration reform. The cold truth is that, until SCOMM is ended entirely, the Obama Administration will continue to be an accomplice to civil rights violations by the likes of Joe Arpaio and others.

"We continue to add our voice to the chorus of agreement with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, hundreds of civil rights organizations, law enforcement experts, and local elected officials who demand that S-Comm be ended, not rebooted." 


NDLON improves the lives of day laborers in the United States. To this end, NDLON works to unify and strengthens is member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer more humane environments for day laborer, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.

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