January 2014 Teleconference
Hunting Season: Immigration and
Murder in an All-American
by Mirta Ojito
About the Book
Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town
The true story of an immigrant's murder that turned a quaint village on the Long Island shore into ground zero in the war on immigration
In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out "hunting for beaners." Chasing, harassing, and assaulting defenseless "beaners"—their slur for Latinos—was part of their weekly entertainment, some of the teenagers later confessed. Latinos—primarily men and not all of them immigrants—have become the target of hate crimes in recent years as the nation wrestles with swelling numbers of undocumented immigrants, the suburbs become the newcomers’ first destination, and public figures advance their careers by spewing anti-immigration rhetoric.
Lucero, an unassuming worker at a dry cleaner’s, became yet another victim of anti-immigration fever. In the wake of his death, Patchogue was catapulted into the national limelight as this formerly unremarkable suburb of New York became ground zero in the war on immigration. In death, Lucero became a symbol of everything that was wrong with our broken immigration system: fewer opportunities to obtain visas to travel to the United States, porous borders, a growing dependency on cheap labor, and the rise of bigotry.
About the Author
Ojito is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Board of Trustees of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. She contributes to several publications, in English and Spanish, and writes a twice-a-month column for The Miami Herald. She teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City, where she lives with her three children.
Araguti is a graduate from the University of California, Riverside. She earned two Masters' Degrees in the fields of Arts and Education. She is currently an educator, a writer, wife, and a mother of a son and a daughter. She enjoys traveling with her family and resides in Southern California. Some of her work has been published in Spain.
She returned to visit her native country of Nicaragua twenty-one years later after her exile. Upon her return, she rediscovered a totally different country from the one she left behind. It was then that Shattered Paradise was written, with the hope of bringing awareness about the devastating effects of war, particularly in children, and ultimately about her beloved and vanishing rain and cloud forests.
Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of a Nicaraguan War Child
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