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Immigration: Issues, Law, and Police Training

The general increase of the immigrant population in the late 20th century and early 21st century in the United States has caused an increase in local, state, and tribal law enforcement encounters with both legal and illegal immigrants during routine police duties; accordingly, the need for law enforcement officers to have a working knowledge of immigration law and policy has increased concurrently as well. In response to these demands, the federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) sought a single, national officer training program, rather than each state or local police agency spending valuable time and training funds trying to develop individual programs. In 2007, the COPS Office provided funding for a private corporation and public university to develop and implement a pilot web-based ...

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