Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sign of the Times? Hate Crime on Long Island: “Let’s go find some Mexicans”

As ImmigrationProf Blog reported a couple of weeks ago, the FBI Hate Crimes Statistics Report found that crimes motivated by anti-Hispanic bias had risen dramatically over the past few years. Sadly, we have recent evidence of that trend.  Bill Hing reported on this earlier today.  The N.Y. Times has an op/ed on a horrible murder of a Ecuadoran immigrant in a Long Island suburb.  According to the prosecutor in the case, the chant of the teenagers accused of the crime, which sends chills up and down my spine, was "`Let’s go find some Mexicans.'”  The teens did not find a person of Mexican ancestry but apparently an Ecuadoran would do!

We need political, community, and other leaders to denounce hate crimes against immigrants.  Senator Obama during the presidential campaign denounced such violent scapegoating:

"31. What would you do to address the racist and nativist rhetoric that is becoming mainstreamed and that is tied to a rising crime wave fueled by the same sentiment?

I have spoken out against hateful rhetoric and will continue to do so. I'll keep fighting and work for a civil debate about immigration where we begin to recognize ourselves in one another."

UPDATE  For more on this story, see here and here.



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Because the number of Hispanics in the United States has "risen dramatically over the past few years," the absolute number of so-called "hate crimes" has increased. The percentage of these crimes has actually gone down.

Posted by: Thomas Lillich | Nov 11, 2008 8:16:42 AM

It is interesting, in a macabre sort of way, to see just how far certain Restrictionists will go to justify their hatred and bigotry. The posts of these closed minded haters, such as the above post of Thomas Lillich, (as well as the post of Thomas Lillich on the previous blog entry), while unfortunately not uncommon, often follow the same sad and illogical train of thought, (or lack thereof).

For instance, they often use transference to twist the blame onto the victims. In the case of Lillich, above, I note his use of this transference of blame in both of his posts as noted here. In this post, he blames the increase in the numbers of potential victims for the rise in hate crimes. The more logical inference should be quite the opposite. Shouldn’t the blame lie squarely on the laps of the criminals, not the victims? Surely Lillich isn’t attempting to make the argument that the number of potential hate-criminals has “risen dramatically.” Therefore, clearly a higher percentage of legal Americans are committing hate crimes. The true question is, “What is stirring up or enabling these criminals into feeling that there is some justification for their committing hate crimes against Hispanics? Could it be the righteous indignation of the hatemonger extremists on the right that are stirring up these weak minded criminals? Surely anyone with the capacity for insightful thought can make that obvious connection.

For Lillich to callously suggest, in his previous posting, that this is simply benign, boys will be boys, “push-back from persons opposed to illegal immigration,” is a convoluted attempt to justify violence as a way to demonstrate their displeasure. For him to argue that here, in the United States, it is logical and reasonable to assume that, “In other (American) communities, those who are here illegally can expect to have their heads bashed in,” speaks volumes about the dangerous, hateful, and frankly un-American mindset of the poster. For him to imply, much less to outright issue the edict that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. My advice: Do not enter the United States illegally,” is a tacit approval and a nod of acquiescence to the hate-criminal element to "keep up the good work."

There can be no acceptable excuse for hate crimes. There is no place on earth where hate crimes should be condoned, but most especially here in the United States. Just because the victim is undocumented DOES NOT make this a victimless crime. If anything, it makes the crime worse, because in America we should be sticking up for and protecting the weak or less protected, (and there can be no argument but that the undocumented are less protected and therefore more needful of our protection). If someone is here illegally, even under our antiquated immigration laws, there exist limits to what can be done to them. They can be arrested by ICE, but citizens cannot take it upon themselves to dole out street justice against them. “Liberty and justice for all,” means just that. Nowhere in the pledge of allegiance does it say “Liberty and Justice for all citizens, but non-citizens are on their own.” There exists no justification, and can be no justification, for hate crimes. For Thomas Lillich, and others of his ilk, to imply that undocumented Hispanics are fair game for American hate-criminal extremists, is a slap to the face of the rest of us Americans.

Posted by: Robert Gittelson | Nov 11, 2008 10:41:45 AM

Gittleson has admitted that he has profited from the illegal alien slave trade. His wife is a lower-rung immigration attorney in Los Angeles, and has also made money off the back of illegal aliens. Gittleson lacks moral authority to criticize any of the commentors on this blog.

Posted by: Thomas Lillich | Nov 11, 2008 2:46:14 PM

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