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)