One and a half million+ Latinos live in NY's Long Island…from Long Island City to Montauk; 450K are residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Suffolk County Forces Homeless Immigrants into the Cold
Suffolk County in Long Island has a dark tradition of hate crimes and violence against Latino immigrants. The County government has long turned a blind eye, even fostering an atmosphere in which the color of your skin can get you attacked with a baseball bat or BB gun. Now, the town of Huntington has taken another, active step in the abuse, what a New York Times editorial deems "an exercise in needless cruelty": destroying a makeshift camp where homeless immigrants found shelter from the bitter New York cold.