LGBT community top target for hate acts in Boston
Boston Globe - 03/22/2017
One particular challenge is pinpointing hate crimes against immigrants, said Jack McDevitt, director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University. In cities such as Boston that are declared sanctuaries for immigrants, local law enforcement agencies decline to enforce immigration rules, leaving that job to the federal government.
“Police don’t want to ask people’s immigration status if they come to them to report a hate crime, but then it’s hard to measure, ‘Were you attacked because you are perceived as an outsider, or because you are a different religion?’ ” McDevitt said.