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Watch via @HRW: “Don’t Call 911” – Immigrant crime victims in Nashville, TN discuss #SComm

June 4, 2014

via Human Rights Watch:

The use of state and local authorities to enforce US immigration laws undermines public safety by raising fear of the police among immigrant communities. States and cities across the United States should separate community police work from federal immigration enforcement.

The 3:44-minute video, which contains accounts from immigrant crime victims in Nashville, Tennessee, illustrates that the federal Secure Communities program, which enlists local law enforcement throughout the country in federal efforts to identify immigrants eligible for deportation, makes immigrants afraid to report crimes to the police. Human Rights Watch reported in 2012 on similar fears of law enforcement among female farmworkers who are survivors of sexual assault.

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