DALLAS — With reports showing that hate crimes against immigrants have been up since 2004, Janice Bowdler, associate director of National Council of La Raza and George Hofhiemer, chief research officer at the Filene Institute, discussed public policy as it related to credit unions serving immigrant communities at the National Community Development Federal Credit Union's Latino Credit Union Conference.

That National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C., is the largest Latino rights organization in the U.S. Bowdler reported that between the years 2005-2050, immigrants and their children will account for 82% of household growth in the United States.

"We cannot take any longer the hate speech that has crept into immigration debate," Bowdler said, citing that reports have shown hate crimes against immigrants up since 2004. "Hate crime threatens the work that you do."

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