Friday, June 08, 2007

Police in Florida Concerned About Immigrants Afraid To Report Crimes

According to WFTV in Florida, the police in Ocoee (FL) are warning migrant workers to be aware of the danger of being targeted by robbers. There have been around a dozen robberies in the last two months and the police are concerned about a combination of two factors -- migrant workers often keep large amounts of money at home and immigrants are often afraid to report crimes. This is even more reason why immigrants should be encouraged and protected when reporting crimes to the police -- as opposed to some situations such as in New Jersey, where talking to the local police about being the victim of a crime can lead you directly to facing deportation. Truly an ugly situation from a public policy standpoint.


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