Criminal Justice Faculty Publications and Presentations

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Conference Proceeding

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•Local law enforcement is increasingly being brought into the argument over whether local authorities should enforce federal immigration laws. •Enforcement of federal laws regarding immigration complicates the primary mission of the local police and sheriff’s department of investigating crime and keeping the community safe. •Having local law enforcement enforcing immigration laws puts them at odds with the very communities they are trying to protect. •This study will explore the attitudes of local police and sheriff’s departments in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas regarding immigration and crime. •This geographical area is particularly useful due to its close proximity to the border and large Latino immigrant communities. •The methodology implemented for this analysis is a survey that will be administered to local agencies in four counties and forty-three cities in the Rio Grande Valley. •This examination is in the pre-test phase.

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2020 Texas Association of Criminal Justice Educators – Virtual Conference