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Data Center Report Recommends More Welcoming City Policies For Latino Residents

There’s a new report from the Data Center on New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

This one focuses on new Latino immigrants who arrived to work in the area, nearly doubling the number of Latino residents in the region. 

Report co-author Lucas Diaz of Tulane University says the city needs policies to help the new residents feel welcome.

He says those policies should include having bilingual services.

“New Orleans really is truly an internationally welcoming city and so, as such, we’re going to be intentional and proactive about making sure that our immigrant folks, whether they’re here with proper documentation or not are welcome and we demonstrate that through our policies and our practices," Diaz said. "I think it’s an opportunity to turn this thing around in regards to that community, which for so long has felt like a slighted community.”  

Diaz says police should focus on helping those residents, and letting federal authorities handle citizenship issues.

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

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