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Report says low-income Latinos targeted

Posted April 21, 2009 6:40 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2009 7:00 p.m. EDT

A new report suggests low-income Latinos are routinely the targets of wage theft and racial profiling.

The nonprofit civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center focused interviewed 500 low-income Latinos, including legal residents, undocumented workers and U.S. residents in five southern areas, including Charlotte, and found systemic discrimination against documented and undocumented immigrants.

The 64-page report also said Latinos are denied basic health and safety protections.

"We found a population under siege and living in fear – fear of the police, fear of the government t and fear of criminals who prey on immigrants because of their vulnerability," the report stated.

It includes several recommendations, including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and the federal government strengthening its enforcement of wage and employment laws.