Are you less likely to call the cops for fear of immigration status checks?
By CRISTINA COSTANTINI
In cities around the country like Englewood, New Jersey, and Oakland California, cops have seen an serious uptick in unreported crimes against Latinos. Both police departments have tried to make clear to their communities that you won’t be deported if you report a crime.
But Latinos across the country say they are less likely to call 911 if they’ve been a victim of a crime because they fear that cops will use the interaction as an opportunity to inquire into their immigration status or that of family members and friends.
That’s according to a study released last month by the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which found that even Latinos who are citizens expressed an increased fear of calling the authorities.
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