Monday, May 29, 2017
The Trump administration has created a climate of fear in immigrant communities. I have also found that U.S. citizen Latinos fear leaving the country. One senior citizen, a Mexican-American born in the United States who has lived in the greater Los Angeles area for at least the last 50 years, recently told me that she no longer felt safe leaving the United States without bringing her birth certificate. Her fears seem borne out by this story about a U.S. citizen: Guadalupe Plascencia was arrested by Ontario police, jailed and then transferred to ICE custody, despite the fact she is a U.S. citizen. Similarly, it has been reported that Latinos generally have been reluctant to report crimes, and reporting fewer domestic violence and sexual assault incidents than in the past.