Police Arrests in a Time of Uncertainty: The Impact of 287(g) on Driver’s License Arrests in a New Immigrant Gateway
Rodriguez, Leslie Ann
Since the late 20th century, the U.S. immigrant population has become more geographically diverse. Although some new destinations welcome the influx of new residents, others implement a variety of harsh local anti-immigration policies and programs. This paper examines how 287(g) affects both U.S.-born and foreign-born populations. The analysis relies on a novel data set of 5,583 driver’s license-related police narratives from arrests that occurred between 2005 and 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. I examine whether and how the implementation of 287(g) affects the initial traffic stops made by police. The analysis reveals sizeable period differences in the initial traffic stops for foreign-born and U.S.-born individuals and demonstrates a shift in the language used to indicate foreignness in the narratives over time.