Patchogue, Long Island, New York is not unlike many changing communities today. An influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants has caused friction. But in recent years, Latino immigrants say they have been harassed, beaten, stalked, and even robbed, mainly by white teenagers on Long Island. While the local police believe that the recent stabbing and murder of Ecuadoran immigrant Marcello Lucero was an isolated incident, they nonetheless are increasing their outreach to the Spanish-speaking community. The immigrants not only welcome the gesture but wonder why hadn’t this been done years ago? WSHU Reporter Charles Lane investigates as part of Latino USA’s New American Voices series.
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