Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Public Policy Analysis

Second Department


Reader 1

Nancy Neiman Auerbach

Reader 2

Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert

Reader 3

Ann Quinley

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The United States Department of Homeland Security launched Secure Communities in 2009, expanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) jurisdiction and establishing partnerships between federal immigration officers and municipal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) across the country. The effects of Secure Communities have been numerous. While rates of deportations had been rising annually for decades, the program granted ICE with even more power to detain and deport undocumented immigrants and dramatically increased federal collaboration with LEAs. Secure Communities was terminated by then Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson in 2014; replaced by the comparable, but lesser known, Priority Enforcement Program (PEP); and reinstated in January of 2017 immediately following the inauguration of Donald Trump. This thesis focuses on the greater implications Secure Communities has on immigrant sense of safety and more generally on public health. As anti-immigrant rhetoric and fear of deportations are on the rise, there have been noticeable disengagements of immigrant populations from public services. I investigate the impacts of Trump’s anti-immigrant platform in 2016 and reinstatement of Secure Communities in 2017 on how immigrant communities in South Central Los Angeles make use of health clinics.