LMRG Seminar w/ Loren Collingwood, Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge

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LMRG Seminar w/ Loren Collingwood, Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge

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Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge

by Loren Collingwood, Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Riverside

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The accidental shooting of Kathryn Steinle in July of 2015 by an undocumented immigrant ignited a firestorm of controversy around sanctuary cities, which are municipalities where officials are prohibited from inquiring into the immigration status of residents. Some decline immigration detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While sanctuary cities have been in existence since the 1980s, the Steinle shooting and the presidency of Donald Trump have brought them renewed attention and raised a number of questions. How have these policies evolved since the 1980s and how has the media framed them? Do sanctuary policies "breed crime" as some have argued, or do they help to politically incorporate immigrant populations? What do Americans think about sanctuary cities, and have their attitudes changed in recent years? How are states addressing the conflict between sanctuary cities and the federal government?

In one of the first comprehensive examinations of sanctuary cities, Loren Collingwood and Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien show that sanctuary policies have no discernible effect on crime rates; rather, anti-sanctuary state laws may undercut communities' trust in law enforcement. Indeed, sanctuary policies do have the potential to better incorporate immigrant populations into the larger city, with both Latino police force representation and Latino voter turnout increasing as a result. Despite this, public opinion on sanctuary cities remains sharply divided and has become intensely partisanized.

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Loren Collingwood is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at University of California, Riverside. His research interests include American politics, political behavior, public policy, race and ethnic politics, immigration, and political methodology. His research has appeared (or is forthcoming) in British Journal of Political Science, Election Law Journal, Electoral Studies, Policy and Politics, Policy Studies Journal, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Political Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, Sociological Methods & Research, State Politics and Public Policy Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, and other peer reviewed journals. He is the co-author of “Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge” (2019) and “Campaigning in a Racially Diversifying America: When and How Cross-Racial Electoral Mobilization Works” (2019) both with Oxford University Press.

The event is part of the London Migration Research Group seminar series.

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