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Mexican Restaurant Owner Threatened To Call Police And ICE On Former Guatemalan Employee Demanding Overdue Paycheck

An undocumented man from North Carolina was threatened that if he didn’t leave a Mexican restaurant then Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) would be called on him. The person threatening him was his former boss Pedro Montoya. Pedro Santizo 23, came to La Fortuna, his former workplace, on March 20 after resigning requesting a $500 check he claims he is owed. Montoya, promptly threatened Santizo that he would notify police and immigration officials if he didn’t leave the restaurant.

In a shocking video, Montoya threatens Santizo and says he’ll call ICE on his former employee.

Credit: Maria Guadalupe Lupian Valentin/ Facebook

The threats against Santizo, who immigrated from Guatemala, came after he went to the store asking for $500 he was owed after working at La Fortuna for three months. A video shows Montoya telling Santizo that he will not be paying him the $500.

In the heated exchange, Santizo can be heard telling his former boss “I am going to call the cops.”

“Talk to the cops, call the cops,’ Monaya replies to him in the video before a young man who picks up a phone to call the police, while assuring that he will also call Immigration authorities.

The entire incident was captured by María Guadalupe Lupián Valentín, Santizo’s wife. According to the Daily Mail, both Santizo and his wife don’t have legal documents to reside in the United States and parents to a two-month-old baby boy.

The video clip has been viewed over 25,000 times. 

Credit: Maria Guadalupe Lupian Valentin/ Facebook

According to Lupian, the restaurant owes her husband money that was withheld from back in December when he began working there. Montoya disputes those claims in the video saying that he will not pay anything to Santizo since he was not working then.

Restuarant owners at La Fortuna say the money that Santizo is requesting “belongs to another person and that is why they were not delivered.”

According to the Televisa News, others who have previously worked at the business say they are also owed money for their work and say they were not treated correctly when they worked there. They plan to start a legal process against La Fortuna seeking damages and money.

The incident is a startling reminder of the toxic climate undocumented immigrants are facing in the U.S. Statistics show these types of interaction are on the rise. According to the NAACP, hate crimes have been steadily rising in the U.S. since President Trump took office. Social media has been key in highlighting moments like this and shedding light on the rise in hate crimes against minorities.

Here’s the video of the intense exchange over an overdue paycheck.

Les pido a todos los de wilkescounty q me ayuden a compartir este video de como este señor amenaso a mi y mi papa de llamar a la policia y immigracion porq el no quiere pagar el ultimo checke q nos deve q nos pidio al principio q iva ser de fondo ayi bien se escucha q nosotros pidimos a la buena asta q enpesaron a amenacarnos

Posted by Maria Guadalupe Lupian Valentin on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Queer Eye's Fab Five Visited AOC And The Internet Exploded With Rainbow Joy

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Queer Eye’s Fab Five Visited AOC And The Internet Exploded With Rainbow Joy

Things are happening in politics that we could have never predicted this week. The Mormon church allowing gay parents to baptize their children and the crossover we never knew we needed: Netflix’s Queer Eye‘s Fab Five visiting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Capitol to discuss The Equality Act.

Specifically, the Equality Act would serve to amend existing civil rights law—making it impossible for federal government gender discrimination policies like the transgender military ban. It would also prohibit gender and sexual orientation discrimination in public and federally funded programs. It’s a big win for everyone.

Progressive freshman Congresswoman AOC is 100 percent behind this bill.

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The Boricua is here to fight for her constituents in the Bronx and that means fighting for the roughly 10 percent of humans who are LGBTQ+. The United States needs to do better, and these legal revisions are long overdue.

The group also met with Maryland Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who gave emotional testimony in favor of the act this week in Congress.

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During the hearing, Jayapal shared that just last year, her 22-year-old child came out to her as gender-non-conforming. She tearfully explained the miracle that has happened since: “The only thought I wake up with every day is, ‘My child is free. My child is free to be who they are.’ And in that freedom comes a responsibility for us as legislators to protect that freedom to be who they are and to legislate…our behavior towards all people in our society.”

Jayapal and fashion expert Tan France created a meaningful connection.

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Caption: “Beautiful convo w/@TanFrance on how our representation (on TV & in Congress) opens possibilities & hope for others. He’s the 1st gay Pakistani Muslim on TV & I’m the 1st South Asian Am woman in the House–the newest South Asian dynamic duo!

Such an honor to meet you today!”

Overall, the Internet has since exploded.

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The Fab Five was sadly missing their fifth counterpart, Jamaican-Cuban “culture expert” Karamo Brown in D.C., but it didn’t top the Internet from breaking. Yes, Bobby, we’re screaming. 😱

If you listen to Jonathan Van Ness (JVN)’s podcast Getting Curious, you were at the ready to hear the strangely uplifting political rage.

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JVN can go through all five stages of grief over a political catastrophe in the gay community in under 30 seconds and then be ready to rally us all to do better. He did not disappoint.

We got to see AOC and JVN hold hands like royalty in pink.

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Caption: “On Capitol Hill we wear pink

TY @jvn, @bobbyberk, @tanfrance & @antoni for visiting + helping us push for the #EqualityAct, & be there to watch Congress pass the Violence Against Women Act & War Powers Resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen.”

Onlookers were clearly stanning two worthy queens. 💞

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Tears were spotted. Life goals vaporized. People lost the will to live. Does it get better? We can’t answer that for you, mija.

All of us:

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Things are starting to look a little less bleak up in the federal government. Thank you pink pantsuits.  🙏🏼

Their meeting inspired fan art within hours of their debut catwalk.

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Caption: “We have the most diverse American congress ever, I’m lifted up in seeing that a United States that values Equality & protection for all is currently fighting for that. We’re making it rain pantsuits & equality in 2020.”

Rumors immediately hit Twitter about AOC wanting Bobby Berk to redesign her office space.

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So what did precious soul Bobby do? He tweeted at @AOC, “Hey, AOC! I’m in DC all week girl! Put me to work! Have time … will work for democracy!”

Our girl AOC invited National Treasure Bobby Berk to redesign her office space.

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🌈 🌈 🌈

And just like that, rainbow river were wept all across America. We’re all over here waiting for the content we deserve.

So now we’re all waiting for Twitter to capture Bobby doing what Bobby does best.

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Queer Eye fans have questions. How many people are on his crew? How much of the manual labor does Bobby do himself? How will he incorporate post it culture into his design space?

I mean, Twitter will crowdsource all the content from the Fab Five and AOC as it can muster.

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Truly, it is shameless, but we are forever grateful. Keep your eyes peeled in the next few days.

Even Speaker Pelosi is asking for an AOC focused Queer Eye episode.

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Caption: “.@QueerEye: feel free to let us know when you want @RepAOC & me to fill in next. #Fab5”

And fans of both political and pop culture icons are stanning:

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You were not alone in spending 20 minutes of your work time hunting your Twitter feed for more AOC-QE content. It was a national phenomenon, hunny.

Did I know I needed to see JVN whisper political ideas in AOC’s ear today?

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Nope. Thanks for delivering anyway.

AOC was all of us with the Queer Eye Fab 5 making her life that much more complete.

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Politicians want selfies with gay icons, too! We’re still screaming.

AOC is championing for LGBTQ+ rights and the moments that she spent with the Fab 5 are magical.

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My gay heart has never felt so much mush for my Twitter feed. HBU?

Needless to say, we hope that some kind of content baby is born out of this visit.

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First stop: get the Equality Act passed. It’s really the only content that we care about right now.

Light a candle tonight so we can all collectively pray AOC into Season 4 of Queer Eye.

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And also, if you’re already feeling like “life isn’t worth living”, then please proceed to Netflix and watch One Day at a Time. Then get right back on Twitter because we’re all living to #SaveODATT and it’s Latinx LGBTQ centered storylines. 🙏🏽

And of course there was an A+ parody.

🤣 😂 🤣 😂

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