In the wake of several physical assaults made on Hispanic men in the Port Richmond area of Staten Island since April, the Mexican Consulate in New York has decided to station their personnel there to prevent any further violence. The crimes are currently under investigation by NYPD as possible hate crimes. According to Staten Island Live: “the victim in the most recent attack, a 40-year-old Mexican immigrant whose name is being withheld by the Staten Island Advance, was back in his Mariners Harbor home, recovering after a group of men swung a scooter at his head, breaking his jaw Friday afternoon. The victim — a construction worker who has lived in the U.S. for the past 20 years
— was on his way to a deli after playing soccer at Faber Park when police say he was assaulted by five black men yelling racial epithets.”
This is apparently, the sixth attack in the area since April where ethnicity has been claimed to be a factor. Two of these assault cases have already been closed by NYPD with arrests and convictions. The Grand jury in both cases felt there was no indication of bias. Both defendants have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.
“We will act decisively in order to protect our citizens and will actively promote that those guilty of these vicious attacks are brought to justice expeditiously. We are working hand-in-hand with local authorities on all levels,” said the Consul General of Mexico in New York, Rubén Beltrán in a statement emailed to the Staten Island Advance.
“In response to the escalating violence against Mexicans in Port Richmond, Staten Island, the Consulate General of Mexico in New York is posting personnel that will remain in the borough until further notice. This, in order to safeguard their rights and effectively assist and provide information to the Mexican residents of this area,” Beltrán wrote.
“Mexico will act decisively to protect our citizens… the Consulate General of Mexico in New York is posting personnel that will remain in the borough until further notice.” The fact that Mexico can make such pompous statements freely in public without fear of a backlash from our local, state, or federal governments says many things. Mexico feels emboldened to freely spout its opinion regarding US immigration policy, even to go so far as to attempt to bully what is arguably one of the greatest law enforcement agencies in the world-The NYPD, despite their exemplary investigative work in these cases. The fact that the Government of Mexico feels it can arbitrarily thumb its nose at our laws and sovereignty says much about the level of respect the Obama Administration garners from around the world. After all, if Mexico was really concerned about the safety of its citizens, it would be consumed with the problems along its border where drug cartels have mounted an open rebellion against the government. Thousands of Mexican nationals have been killed with little progress to stop the mass murders. Maybe Consul Beltrán should post a few of his people down there, in his own country.