Earlier this year, Acevedo revealed that due to deportation fears, the number of Latinos reporting when they’ve been victims of sexual assault is down nearly 43 percent from last year, and it’s a disturbing trend seen nationwide. “Immigrants are also essential for keeping Houston safe,” Acevedo continues. “Having served in law enforcement for more than 30 years, I believe trust between police and residents is key to everyone’s safety”:
When immigrants hear of a U.S.-Mexico wall or a nationwide deportation “crackdown,” they fear going to police to report criminal activity. I currently lead a department of 5,200 law enforcements officers and 1,200 support personnel. They will tell you that the ugly national anti-immigrant rhetoric has had a chilling effect on their work with residents. They are now less willing to
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