Safe Communities

Safe Communities Coalition

UUDAN is part of the “Safe Communities” coalition led by Network Delaware.  This coalition is working to protect our immigrant communities and together promote policies that foster trust and clarity.

The Safe Communities campaign aims to pass policies that keep state and local agencies removed from immigration enforcement.  New Castle County was one of the first major jurisdictions in Delaware to enact a “Safe Communities” policy.  Both the Christiana and Red Clay School Districts have also enacted these policies.  Delaware communities in the process of considering new policies include cities, school districts, universities and private schools.

Benefits of Safe Communities Policies

The Police Executive Research Forum found that local areas with safe communities polices had lower crime rates because all residents were more trusting of law enforcement.  In addition, having local police officers involved in federal immigration enforcement can expose local police to civil liability and shift resources away from investigating local crimes.

Another study from the University of California found that cities that refused to engage in immigration enforcement had stronger economies, higher household incomes, and lower rates of unemployment and poverty. Each deportation costs taxpayers almost $11,000, as reported by ICE for 2016.

The Value of Our Immigrant Community

Delaware is home to thousands of people from all walks of life, of different races, religions, sexual orientations, and national and ethnic origins. Delawareans value and celebrate this diversity, which makes our community and our economy strong and vibrant.

Delaware has a significant, and growing, immigrant population.  The state is home to almost 90,000 foreign born residents or more than 9% of the total state population compared with only 3.3% in 1990.  Click for additional data on the economic contribution of Delaware’s Immigrant Community.

In 2014, immigrants in Delaware paid 154.5 M in state and local taxes, and 552.2 M in federal taxes.  Immigrants help drive the Delaware economy.  Immigrants are more likely to be of working age (79.4%) than the native-born population (50%).  In 2010, 10.7% of Delaware business owners were immigrants.  Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the U.S.