Pete Saenz, the mayor of Laredo, Texas, who was criticized last year for hosting what Trump dubbed a “dangerous” trip to the border badlands, said he is optimistic that the president-elect will get over his campaign bluster. Others aren’t so sure. Illegal immigrants are being urged to be vigilant. “Remember that you have rights,” one Spanish-language radio host told them.
While immigration has been the signature political issue associated with Latinos, an increasing number of that growing American ethnic group are urging criminal justice reforms. Data suggests Latinos are overrepresented behind bars and as crime victims, yet one expert says a deep understanding of the issue is inhibited by a lack of good data.