According to a new study, many Latinos admit they are less likely to report crimes because local police are more involved in enforcing immigration laws, which has led to an increase in deportations. Over 2,000 Latinos in major cities including, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix were surveyed over telephone for the report titled, Inse Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement. Policy Link, an advocacy and research organization held the study. Forty four percent of Latinos surveyed said they were less likely to contact the police in the event of a crime because they feared officers asking about immigration status. The number jumped to 70% among undocumented immigrants who were surveyed. In addition, 62% percent of Latinos believe that police stop Hispanics “very” often without a strong reason.

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