U-Va. immigration study to be released
Prince William County officials will learn how a policy aimed at cutting the number of illegal immigrants in the county has affected the community.
The University of Virginia is presenting its two-year study of the policy to the county Tuesday.
The policy initially allowed officers who reasonably suspected that someone might be an illegal immigrant to ask about their immigration status. The policy was later changed to require checks for anyone arrested.
An interim report released last year estimated that fewer than 5,000 legal and illegal immigrants left the county by mid-2008, and noted the economic crisis was a contributing factor. It also found that the policy did not boost residents' sense of safety, but appeared to create an ethnic divide in perceptions of the county.
| November 16, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
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