A controversial program that deputizes local police officers to enforce immigration laws sent the Hispanic population plummeting in many places across the country, including Prince William and Frederick counties, according to a new report released Monday by the Migration Policy Institute.

In some cases, the initial decrease was dramatic, with Frederick County losing 61 percent of its Hispanic population between 2007 and 2009, and Prince William County losing almost 21 percent in the same period, according to the report, which relied on census data and school enrollment figures. The Hispanic populations have since rebounded but not to their previous levels.

By Tara Bahrampour -- Washington Post

Illegal Immigration
state policies

Updated: Mon, Jan 31st 2011 @ 3:35pm EST