Tag: Pennsylvania immigrants


An Immigrant Once Called ‘Nigger’ Is Now Mayor of Small PA Town

In the lethargic town of Ridgway, Pennsylvania – which is closer to Canada than to New York City – there are only a handful of Filipino residents, and one of them got elected Mayor. Cristina DC Pastor brings us this story from The FilAm.

Edgar Sandoval

The New Face of Small Town America: Latinos in Allentown, PA

In his new book, journalist Edgar Sandoval aims to humanize immigrants.

Latinos in Pennsylvania Fearful After Teenagers Are Cleared of Serious Charges in Immigrant Death

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

There is fear among Latinos in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.

“The message the justice system sent to young white men here is that they can continue to beat up and kill Latinos, because in the end, a year in jail is all they will have to pay,” Jon Zamudio, a 26-year-old local resident, told New York newspaper El Diario/La Prensa.

Zamudio was referring to the verdict last week that cleared two local teenagers of the most serious charges in relation to the fatal beating of an undocumented Mexican immigrant last summer.

An all-white jury acquitted Brandon Piekarsky, 17, of third-degree murder and ethnic intimidation, and Derrick Donchak, 19, of aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation, The Associated Press reported. Both were convicted of simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor. They could be sentenced to one to two years in prison.

The victim was Luis Ramirez, a 25-year-old man originally from the Mexican state of Guanajuato. He worked at a factory and in the fields, picking strawberries and cherries. He lived with his American fiancee Crystal Dillman and had two children.