Friday, August 20, 2010
Staten Island Grapples With Attacks Against Mexicans : NPR
The national debate over immigration is hitting especially close to home for one small neighborhood on Staten Island, New York City's least-populated borough.
Police are investigating a string of at least 10 alleged hate crimes in the borough's Port Richmond area since April — all violent, and all perpetrated against Mexicans.
Police have beefed up their presence in the neighborhood, with a mobile command center, a watchtower and officers on horseback. But down the street from all that, in a parking lot where day laborers wait to get picked up for work, Ismael Fabian says crimes like this are nothing new — only the 24-hour police posts are.