A study published by California State University, San Bernardino shows an increase in hate crimes against Latinos in 2022 in the United States, especially in some of the country’s big cities.
Research by the university center for the Study of Hate and Extremism showed an increase of 2.8% in these crimes in 2022, although at a slower pace than the increase in previous years, when the increase in these crimes was 41%. between 2020 and 2021.
The researchers warned that the number of hate crimes against Hispanics could be higher because not all police departments include racial and ethnic information in their reports.
Los Angeles was the city that reported the most hate crimes against Latinos in 2022, with 90, followed by Phoenix with 15 and Chicago with 12.
The report highlights that increases in crimes against Latinos were most frequent in cities in the Midwest or East, with decreases in the southwest of the country.
“In recent years, hate crimes against Latinos have peaked in the midst of election years,” the report emphasizes.
In that sense, the report explains that in recent electoral years, immigration was considered an important issue and may have been a motivator of hate crimes against Latinos.
Overall, Phoenix, San Diego and San Antonio, cities with large Mexican and Central American populations, saw large declines in hate crimes last year, while other cities with similar demographics saw large increases.
With information from EFE
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Source: La Opinion