Expresses disappointment in conviction on lesser charge, calls for comprehensive immigration reform

Francisco Moya praises the conviction today of Jeffrey Conroy in the racially motivated killing of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero on Long Island in 2008.

“I applaud the guilty verdict in this case, as it shows that hatred and racism have no place in our society.  However, I am disappointed in the lenient conviction and call for a sentence that fits the horrific nature of this crime.  There should be no ambiguity about the severity of this offense.

“I am greatly saddened that it is only through Marcelo Lucero’s death that we have spotlighted the very real challenges and dangers that many immigrants face on a daily basis, in spite of their commitment to our country.  I am hopeful that this case will be a turning point for attitudes toward immigrants on Long Island and in New York.  For too long, injustices committed against Latinos have been ignored and downplayed.  With this conviction, we look forward to an end to the violence of the past, and a future or cooperation and tolerance.  Immigrants contribute to our society at all levels, and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

“I will continue to push our leaders to adopt comprehensive immigration reform.  Passing comprehensive immigration reform will improve working conditions and help families across our country, and promote a policy of acceptance across the country.  Immigrants have played a major role in making our country strong.  We need a sensible immigration policy that recognizes the value of immigrants to our economy and our society. “

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