Regardless of their immigration status when we demonize a group of people and send in fear into the shadows then we end up with a subculture that exists outside of normal society. It is important that we not let this happen as it effects the safety of these people and all of us as well.
One way this is done is through offering the “U” visa, as stated in this article, which offers legal residence to an illegal immigrant who is a victim of, and reports, a violent crime. I believe this is one step in the right direction as it encourages these people to come forward. However, it still doesn’t deal with the same fears that keep many legal residents from reporting crime.
Police seek immigrant help on rapist case – Full story
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 7, 2007 03:18 PM
The majority of undocumented immigrants won’t report crimes to police for fear of being deported, creating a chilling effect between police and that community, immigrants and experts say.
It’s no different in the hunt for the Chandler rapist. But police are taking steps to reach out to the undocumented community in hopes another victim or someone with information about the rapist will come forward and help solve the case, which has stymied police for a year.
José Juan Ramirez, a day laborer in Chandler, said the community is aware of the rapist case but “my (undocumented) friends are afraid of going to the police” for any crime, even if they are victims.