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Damn. This Short Film Will Make You Think Twice About Denying Refugees Safety

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If only the U.S. government treated refugees like this.

This is what it would look like if war was raging on our own soil, much like what is happening in the Middle East. Indiscriminate bombing of towns and cities all over the world is forcing people to flee their homes and seek refuge wherever they can. It wasn’t long ago when politicians in the U.S. were debating what to do about children fleeing cartel violence in Central America and heading north to the U.S. Rather than opening up and letting those seeking refuge enter the country, there were debates over how best to deport them. Even now, raids are being performed to send those same children and families back to the violence they were fleeing.

Alicia Keys’ short film “Let Me In” takes a hard and heartbreaking look at what it would look like if Americans were fleeing violence for any kind of safety. The video, which takes place in Los Angeles, follows a family whose breakfast is interrupted by a bomb in their neighborhood. With no time to react, the mother, played by Keys, is forced to flee her home with her two young children. The journey to make it to Mexico is hard and long, but with no other option, the family starts the journey to safety across the border. Upon reaching the border, they are at the mercy of Mexican police. What happens next is something the U.S. government can and should learn from. No one wants to leave their home, family and lives behind. But what would you do if walking outside your home put you in the path of danger and violence?

READ: Find Out What Mexico is Doing To These Central American Refugees

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California Highway Patrol Gave This Sick Latino Kid The Day Of His Dreams

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California Highway Patrol Gave This Sick Latino Kid The Day Of His Dreams

CHP K-9 Handler Alfonso HoffmanWatch the story behind our newest K-9 Handler, 12 year old Alfonso Hoffman.

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Posted by CHP – Southern Division on Friday, May 27, 2016

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If this doesn’t make you ugly cry, you might not be human.

Young Alfonso Hoffman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 11. Battling cancer at any age is tough, but particularly difficult for children. Hoffman’s uncle, Mike Garcia, knew that Alfonso wants to be a K-9 officer when he grows up. So, being the rad uncle that he is, Garcia called the California Highway Patrol — Southern Division and asked if the family could participate during one of the department’s training days. Not only did the police force say yes, they gave Alfonso the star treatment and even made a touching video of his day with the officers.

Prepare to cry as you watch little Alfonso live out his dream of training side-by-side with the officers he respects and looks up to. The best part, according to the video, is that Alfonso had no idea that he was about to live out a childhood dream. No, these are not tears. There is just something in both of my eyes.

From the jump, Alfonso was overcome with emotions.

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Not only did they give him a plaque and make him an honorary Police K-9 Handler…

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But they also gave him his very own dog, named K-9 Buddy.

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And he even got to make his first arrest.

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Get ’em, Alfonso!

Alfonso’s mother was so grateful for the special moment her son was able to have with the police officers.

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Well done, CHP – Southern Division. Well done.

READ: Peruvian Police Officer Stops Highway Traffic To Rescue This Adorable Baby Animal

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