Alternative Title

Un Estudio sobre las Organizaciones que ayudan a lost Inmigrantes: Estudiando los Efectos de ICE en Centros Comunitarios


This research hopes to shed light into the effects of ICE’s heightened presence in migrant communities. Thus, this research will focus on highlighting the services provided by CBOs and Legal Non-Profits. Since the attacks of 9/11, the U.S. has spent billions of dollars into supporting organizations like Department of Homeland Security [DHS], including Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE], to apprehend, deport, and detain unregistered immigrants under suspicion of representing a possible threat to the U.S. In effect, unregistered immigrants have become demonized by immigration enforcement machineries that seek to further deteriorate immigrant communities via harsh immigration policies [such as S.B.1070, USA Patriot Act of 2001, and 287(g) contracts], by increasing the number of arrests. Furthermore, this had led to the association of immigrants as being criminals by default, thereby increasing the number of immigrant detainees at for-profit prisons. Therefore, the literature review conceptualizes findings that indicate the effects of heightened immigration enforcement in migrant communities that have conditionalize immigrants as criminals and victims of xenophobic sentiments. Additionally, this section explores the budgets administered to ICE and DHS to maintain operations, and congressional laws that have facilitated the apprehension of unregistered immigrants. Lastly, this section takes into account deportation effects on the education of children from immigrant parents. The remaining sections of this study will consist of an in-depth analysis from interview responses obtained from CBOs and Legal Non-Profit organizations. The results in this study have indicated that ICE has an indirect effect on service-providers, as these organizations begin to prioritize emergency and time-sensitive immigration cases to prevent further arrests and deportations. This research brings relevance to the critical role that immigrant serving organizations play in their respective communities, while also demonstrating their full commitment to protecting immigrant communities—irrespective of financial obstacles incurred.


Corral, Alvaro


Political Science


American Politics


Immigration, noncitizen, legal non profits, ICE, deportations, arrests, DACA, Community-based organizations.

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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