Guatemalan Immigrants 'Soft Targets' in New Bedford, Mass. Crime Wave

Guatemalan Immigrants 'Soft Targets' in New Bedford, Mass. Crime Wave

"Several years ago, in the city of New Bedford, community volunteers started noticing that members of the city’s newest immigrant group were being attacked.  The victims were Mayan Guatemalans, violently assaulted and often robbed by hooded assailants.  The attacks have continued, and, though no specific group has been blamed, many community leaders see a pattern.  The Mayans are seen as soft targets: They’re employed, they cash their paychecks and carry the money home, and, since many are undocumented, they don’t feel comfortable going to the police." - Boston Globe, Feb. 9, 2014.