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Marriage and immigration enforcement: The impact of Secure Communities on immigrant women

Cynthia Bansak and Sarah Pearlman ()

Economic Inquiry, 2022, vol. 60, issue 1, 351-372

Abstract: We investigate if increased deportations under the Secure Communities (SC) program impacted the marriage patterns of immigrant women in the United States. We focus on country of origin‐MSA deportation rates, arguing this is appropriate given the dominance of endogamous marriage among immigrants and large heterogeneity in removal rates. We find that rising deportations increased marriage rates and endogamous marriage, decreased exogamous marriage to immigrants from other countries, and had no impact on marriage to native‐born men. This is striking because SC likely reduced same ethnicity partners in marriage markets. We find some evidence that increased network effects may explain these results.

Date: 2022
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