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Nationalism, Nativism, and 287(g): Lessons from Prince William County, Virginia

Ten years ago, Prince William County, Virginia's Board of County Supervisors decided to localize the enforcement of federal immigration law. There was resistance and backlash, and despite initial zest on the part of county Republicans, their rhetoric and their policies ended up biting them in the ass. But now the federal government is trying to set up the same kinds of localized immigration enforcement programs Prince William adopted back then, in addition to other restrictive immigration policies. The architect of this grand scheme -- former Kansas Attorney General and baby-faced racist Kris Kobach -- was also the architect of Prince William's spectacular failure. I revisit my research from 2008 and 2009, and come to the conclusion that we should be more worried than we already are.

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