One Town's Struggle To Accept Immigrants

An influx of immigrants has brought tension -- and violence -- to a Long Island community.
July 24, 2003, 2pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Like other towns that have experienced a sudden influx of immigrants, Farmingville has become a flash point for those angry about the rising presence of nonwhite immigrants, mostly from Mexico and Central America, but also from Africa, India, China, and other parts of Asia. Although a virulently anti-immigrant group based in Farmingville lost much public support during the past year, the firebombing suggests hostilities haven't vanished. Indeed, the incident highlights the tensions sometimes produced when a sizable number of immigrants take up residence in places well removed from urban centers."

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Published on Thursday, July 24, 2003 in The Christian Science Monitor
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