Why would you run a criminal background check on someone just because they reported a crime? This is not just a question for immigrants, but for anyone. It is a huge deterrent for calling the police.
In this case it affects an immigrant. But it is not hard to see how it could affect women, especially those who are victims of domestic violence. Or anybody really who had committed a crime. What has your past criminal conduct have to do with reporting a crime? The mayor needs to change this, and Lanier should know better.