Deportation Fears May Be Causing Drop In Domestic Violence Reports

A similar drop happened in 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The fear of deportation may be leading undocumented immigrants in Houston not to report domestic violence.

Last year, the number of domestic violence reports dropped by 16 percent, according to a New York Times report. But, reports from non-hispanics increased.

Houston police chief Art Acevedo blames the decrease on the fear of being deported among Houston’s immigrant community.

In 2017 Houston police said reports of rape from Hispanics dropped 42 percent.

Acevedo referenced the same deportation fears then, saying federal immigration enforcement tactics were causing the so-called “chilling effect.”

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