Santa Clara County Immigrants Urged To Report Hate Crimes Without Fear

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The Mexican Consulate in San Jose was the backdrop for a news conference this week, where members of county law enforcement agencies urged members of immigrant communities who have been victimized are being urged to come forward.

“We want to send the message to those specifically in the immigrant community that they have nothing to be afraid of,” stressed Independent Police Auditor, the Hon. LaDoris Cordell. “No one’s going to go ask them for their documentation.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“I’m committed to public safety for everyone who lives in Santa Clara County, whether they are an immigrant, whether they’re a U.S. citizen and so for anyone to be victimized by a hate crime, those are cases that we will aggressively prosecute,” added District Attorney Jeff Rosen.

Santa Clara County, on average, receives between 15 and 20 reports of hate crimes per year.

“The message has to be out there loudly and clearly that hate crimes are evil and we have to stop them,” insisted San Jose Police Department Chief Chris Moore.

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  • Christine Husk

    How about just “reporting crimes”?

  • PLW

    A crime is a crime, but they will not testify against their own! Illegal is illegal! By entering the United States illegally, they become involved within the criminal environment whether it is businesses that illegally hire them, or providing false information to driver’s licenses, or entering their children into the educational system, or medical and social relief systems.

  • mike

    sure, let’s start deporting American citizens for trying to oust the illegals that the government is failing to do

  • dbarco

    Let me get this straight! Let’s say some illegal thinks that I have offended him/her, they can now go down claim a “hate crime”?! Knowing how easily this culture is offended, I think there is going to be a real problem. I do however object to any obvioulsly racist action on anybody’s behalf. In 40 years of working with minoriitees, I have always found it amusing how racist they can actually be about other racial groups!

  • Ed

    This is another case of oppressing the minority making them feel less. Does anyone even realize that hard working immigrants work jobs that you will never work! We should appreciate them. Yes, there are bad apples and good apples but then again thats in all ethnicities! . All you people don’t realize that your ancestors came from somewhere and came here illegally! I guess your ancestors were illegal aliens too?? Or does the white man get a free pass? This state and others like Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Texas were apart of Spanish then Mexico rule back in the day!!. Did you know that when the white man wanted to go west and break away from the colonies and crossed Mexican territory they came over illegally! All across this state you have names of towns and cities and streets that are in SPANISH! Realize that when you come across each city that we have spanish/mexican history like it or not!

  • PLW

    Let them sue the Mexican government for allowing it to happen… America should be allowed to have its borders like any other sovereign country. I enjoy all cultures in this country, but (I know how difficult it is to understand in this day and age) illegal is illegal. Change the laws, don’t break the laws! The One World System is not in effect yet…

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