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Nearly 70% of Latinos in US report discrimination: Study

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Latinos and immigrants chant slogans and carry signs outside the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to protest anti-immigrant legislative bills, February 18, 2016. (Photo by State Journal)

Nearly seventy percent of Latinos in the United States say they have suffered discrimination, more than twice as many who said so a decade earlier, according to a new study.

The research published Tuesday in online journal Social Science & Medicine - Population Health shows that 68 percent of Latino men and women felt discriminated against in the US, Reuters reported.

The study used data from the National Latino Health Care Survey, which surveyed 800 Latino adults in 2013 by phone.

That rate, which more than doubled since the 30 percent rate of 2003, is similar to the percentage of African Americans who reported discrimination.

The study also shows that minorities who are living in states with tough anti-immigrant policies report higher rates of discrimination.

Members of the Latino organizations march from the Trump Tower to NBC studios in New York City where Donald Trump was set to host a program, November 7, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Joanna Almeida, assistant professor of social work at Simmons College in Boston and lead author of the study, said the links between discrimination and anti-immigrant polices are “chilling” given President-elect Donald Trump’s stance on the issue.

Trump, who takes office in January, has vowed to deport many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US and promised to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

"Our findings are especially concerning in light of President-elect Trump's promise to take a hard line on immigrants and immigration including carrying out mass deportations," Almeida said in a statement.

The study suggests an "increasingly negative immigration policy environment and anti-immigrant sentiment is likely to engender higher levels of discrimination," she said.

The rise in discrimination could be due to a shift in attitudes towards immigrants and perception that discrimination is allowed by state governments, the research found.



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