Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo held a press conference to reassure the Hispanic community that they are protected.
He fears that due to the crackdown on immigration Hispanics are hesitating to report crimes.
“We are not ICE agents. We’re not interested in being ICE agents. As we continue with the political debate in this nation, we need to be mindful that we are losing hearts and minds. And when you lose the hearts and minds of 11 million people, we all lose,” he said.
Acevedo shared data from the department that shows a 42.8 percent decrease of the reports of rape in the Hispanic community, while there is an 8.2 percent increase of reporting rape in the non-Hispanic community.
In regards to reports of violent crimes, the data showed a 13 percent decrease of reports by Hispanics, and a 11.7 percent increase by non-Hispanics.
This data was from January to March of 2016 compared to the same months in 2017.
It was reiterated that the department’s main concern is to help victims of crimes regardless of their immigration status.