U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Surveillance Without Protection: Policing Undocumented Migrant Workers in an American Suburb

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 2016
21 pages
H. Sung, S. Delgado, D. Pena, A. Paladino
Since policing anonymous and fearful undocumented migrant workers (UMWs) is a challenging police responsibility in the United States, this study examined the dynamics of this challenge in Palisades Park, New Jersey.
A total of 160 UMWs living in Palisades Park were interviewed, with attention to their criminal victimization and interactions with the police. Findings indicate that UMWs suffered from a high level of crime victimization but were unlikely to report their victimizations to police. Yet they were eager to contact the police to seek information and assistance in non-legal matters. Police closely monitored UMWs through frequent encounters without provoking widespread resentment. Contradictions in both national immigration control and local politics are offered to interpret police–migrant relations. (Publisher abstract modified)
Date Created: December 17, 2017