Archbishop Timothy Dolan spoke out against a rash of hate crimes recently against Hispanics in New York . Dolan made the remarks during a Spanish-language sermon at St. Mary’s of The Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Staten Island, a remote borough in the southwest part of the city off the lower tip of Manhattan.
“We will reclaim our streets,” he said in a sermon delivered in Spanish. “God lives in these streets. Fear, violence and hate do not live here.”
There have been 11 attacks on Mexican immigrants in Staten Island since April.
The attacks bring attention to the long simmering tensions between Hispanics immigrants and blacks. The attacks are being investigated as bias crimes.