This coming Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero, who was killed by a group of teens in Patchogue, N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2008.
Lucero's attackers told police that they would routinely go "beaner jumping" -- which meant they would hunt down and assault Latinos. One of the defendants said, "I don't go out doing this very often, maybe once a week."
Just as in Patchogue, there are undeniable tensions around immigration across the country, and in the worst instances, those tensions turn violent or deadly.
But instead of inflammatory rhetoric, we need real solutions for our broken immigration system. Comprehensive immigration reform isn't the only answer to these harmful attacks, but it's an important step towards bringing immigrants out of the shadows and under the umbrella of the law.
Sign the petition below in support of immigration reform, and do your part to prevent another tragedy like that of Marcelo Lucero.
Our nation has been made stronger and richer by immigrants, and we know that immigration can help America to grow, both culturally and economically. But for that growth to happen, we need the right policies. Help us "Remember Marcelo" by backing comprehensive immigration reform.
We can't afford to wait any longer.