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Local Policy Responses to Immigration in the United States.

Walker, Kyle.

New immigrant populations are growing rapidly across the United States, not only in established urban areas, but also in newly emerging urban gateways, suburbs, exurbs, and rural areas that previously have not experienced large numbers of recent immigrants. Local responses to new immigrants have varied across the country as hundreds of localities have considered or enacted local policies to address immigration issues in their communities. Some local governments, including the Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, have responded in inclusive ways to both documented and undocumented immigrants—by granting local rights to immigrant populations or by limiting the role of local officials in immigration enforcement. Other localities have responded much more unfavorably—by considering or enacting policies designed to drive out undocumented immigrants or enforce immigration law at the local level. This article provides an overview of the different local policy responses to immigration, the motivations behind these policies, and the impacts of these policies, and considers how communities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area fit within the national context.


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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
The research upon which this article is based was supported in part through a New Initiatives grant from CURA. Additional support was provided by a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation and a Thesis Research Grant from the University of Minnesota Graduate School.
40 (3-4): 27-34
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