News: Hispanic family says cross was burned in their yard

You know, I try to stick to my topic on this blog…but this is just horrid, beyond words. This is 2006, have we learned nothing? I knew all this illegal immigrant talk would backlash against all Latinos. Don’t sleep, mi gente!

Associated Press
ROCKFIELD, Ky. – Local and federal officials are investigating an incident in south central Kentucky where a burning cross was left in a Hispanic family’s yard.

Nelson Espinoza moved his family into the neighborhood two months ago. He is originally from El Salvador, but has lived in the United States for five years, he said.

A sign that read, “My country, maybe, my neighborhood, no way!” was left with the cross over the weekend.

“I’m a little scared. My wife and my brother-in-law and his wife, they are scared. They don’t want to stay here,” Espinoza said.

The family’s home was broken into the day before the cross was left on their yard, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.

Espinoza said he and his family have been sleeping at his brother-in-law’s house since the incident.

“They don’t want me here. They say I can live in the United States but I can’t live in their neighborhood. I can’t be a neighbor here,” said Espinoza.

Local and state police have been advised of the incident and are watching for any suspicious activity in the neighborhood, said Daniel Alexander, a spokesman for the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. The Warren County sheriff’s department was investigating the incident as a hate crime.

The FBI is also looking into the case, though an official investigation has not been opened, according to Louisville agency spokesman David Beyer.

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