Immigration Policy and Justice in the Era of COVID-19

Holly Ventura Miller, Melissa Ripepi, Amy M. Ernstes, Anthony A. Peguero

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The U.S. immigration system has not escaped the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns have been raised about policy changes, enforcement actions, immigrant detention, and deportation practices during the outbreak. In response, dozens of lawsuits have been brought against the government on behalf of undocumented immigrants and detainees, ranging from the conditions of ICE detention facilities to the public charge rule. While most cases continue to move through the federal court system, a number of district court judges have already ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. This paper focuses on three particular areas of immigration policy and practice during COVID: ICE enforcement actions, immigrant detention, and deportations. We summarize the current state of extant data and evidence on each of these and examine questions that remain for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-809
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • Immigrant detention
  • Immigration
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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