Monday, August 28, 2006

The Real Immigrant Crime Problem

It took Esteban Velásquez a year to save enough money to buy a gold chain he had always wanted. But last summer, as Mr. Velásquez, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, walked to a convenience store with a friend, a man punched him in the face and ran off with the $400 piece of jewelry. Robberies of illegal immigrants have become a serious problem here in recent years, and the victims, mostly from Guatemala, often avoid reporting the crimes, fearing deportation.  Click here for the N.Y. Times story.

Many immigrants fear reporting crime to the police.  The problem is likely to get worse as more state and local police are joining the feds in enforcing the immigration laws.


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