05/09/2013 09:57 am ET

Latinos Reluctant To Call Police For Help, Study Says

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The stepped-up role of local police in immigration enforcement is having an unintended consequence – Latinos are more reluctant to call them for help, according to a new study.

Roughly 44 percent of Latinos in the survey said they would feel reluctant to call police if they have been victim of a crime because of a fear that authorities would use the opportunity to check on their immigration status or that of someone they know, said the study.

Moreover, 45 percent of Latinos expressed misgivings about contacting police with information about a crime because of fear that immigration status would become a focus, said the study, which was conducted by Lake Research Partners and sponsored by PolicyLink, a California think tank.

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