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Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town by Mirta Ojito, Prologue

Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town by Mirta Ojito, Prologue

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Published by Beacon Press
ON SALE OCTOBER 15, 2013

In November of 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was brutally attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of Patchogue, a quiet Long Island town. The teenaged attackers were out "hunting for beaners," their slur for Latinos, and Lucero was to become another victim of the anti-immigration fever spreading in the United States. But in death, Lucero's name became a symbol of everything that was wrong with our broken immigration system: porous borders, lax law enforcement, and the rise of bigotry. With a strong commitment to telling all sides of the story, journalist Mirta Ojito unravels the engrossing narrative with objectivity and insight, providing an invaluable peephole into one of America's most pressing issues.
ON SALE OCTOBER 15, 2013

In November of 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was brutally attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of Patchogue, a quiet Long Island town. The teenaged attackers were out "hunting for beaners," their slur for Latinos, and Lucero was to become another victim of the anti-immigration fever spreading in the United States. But in death, Lucero's name became a symbol of everything that was wrong with our broken immigration system: porous borders, lax law enforcement, and the rise of bigotry. With a strong commitment to telling all sides of the story, journalist Mirta Ojito unravels the engrossing narrative with objectivity and insight, providing an invaluable peephole into one of America's most pressing issues.

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Published by: Beacon Press on Jul 10, 2013
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On November 8, 2008, having had a few beers and an early din-ner, Marcelo Lucero, an undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant,took a late-night stroll with his childhood friend Angel Loja nearthe train tracks in Patchogue, a seaside village of twelve thou-sand people in Suffolk County, New York, a county that only three years earlier had been touted by 
 Forbes 
magazine as one of the safest and wealthiest in the United States.
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It is also one of themost segregated counties.
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Before the mild moonlit night was over, Lucero was stabbedand killed by a gaggle of teenagers from neighboring towns, whohad gone out hunting for “beaners,” the slur that, as some of themlater told police, they used for Latinos. Earlier that night, they hadharassed and beaten another Hispanic man—a naturalized UScitizen from Colombia named Héctor Sierra. The teenagers alsoconfessed to attacking Hispanics at least once a week.Lucero was not the rst immigrant killed by an enraged mobin the United States, and he most certainly will not be the last. At least two other immigrants were killed in the Northeast in 2008,

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