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A Man In Canada Attacked A Colombian Family With A Bat Claiming They Were Terrorists

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A Colombian-Canadian family was in a shopping mall in St. Thomas, Ontario, when a man carrying a baseball bat approached Sergio Estepa, the father, and demanded to see what was in his pockets. The man with the baseball bat became angry when Estepa refused, and that’s when things escalated. The man began to claim that the family were ‘French terrorists” despite the fact that they were speaking Spanish and being attacked.

A man was caught on camera attacking a Colombian-Canadian family in a mall parking lot.

According to the caption on the video, the man tried to attack the couple’s 13-year-old son but Estepa stepped in the way to protect the teenager. A woman can be heard screaming in the background as the man, identified as 36-year-old Mark Phillips, beat Estepa. Estepa’s partner Mari Zambrano posted the video to Instagram.

During the attack, Phillips can be heard screaming, “You better get the f*ck out of here, Frenchie. You better get out of here. Terrorists! Terrorists! We got terrorists here! We got French terrorists! Terrorists! Terrorists! We got terrorists! ISIS! ISIS!”

Estepa is recovering from a broken rib and multiple severe bruises on his back. According to CBC, only one person in the busy mall parking lot offered to give a statement to the police and it was the principal of their son’s former pre-school. The indifference of those who witnessed the attack is what bothers the family most, especially considering they fled Colombia to escape violence. According to their interview with CBC, the parents had recently talked with their son about stepping up to help people who are being attacked or bullied.

“The reason why we came to Canada is because we lost our country Colombia because of indifference,” Estepa told CBC. “The war was in the countryside. We live in the city. We don’t care who is killed there. That is the big enemy we have: indifference.”

Estepa added: “It’s not this city, it’s not this country. It’s a person with mental [issues]. But try not to be indifferent. Try to help people.”

Phillips was arrested just hours after the attack in London, Ontario, and is being held in the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre. He made an appearance before a judge via a video stream on Monday and will be making another appearance on Friday. Phillips was denied.

(H/T: CBC)


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All These Kids Want For Christmas Is For DACA To Be Saved So They Are Reaching Out To Ellen DeGeneres

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All These Kids Want For Christmas Is For DACA To Be Saved So They Are Reaching Out To Ellen DeGeneres

Dear Ellen, These Girls Have a Letter for You

The best thing you’ll watch today: These young daughters of Dreamer moms skipped a letter to Santa this year and instead wrote to Ellen DeGeneres.

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Posted by MoveOn.org on Thursday, December 7, 2017

These girls want Ellen DeGeneres to bring attention to the DACA debate.

Gabriela Zuniga and Abigail Escobar have a message for Ellen DeGeneres: they want her help. Rather than writing a letter to Santa this year, the girls wrote to DeGeneres because they want support for DACA. In a video created and shared by MoveOn.Org, the two girls plead with the talk show host to use to her platform to further the discussion and activism around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“I love my mom more than anything in the world and all I want for Christmas is to know that she will get to stay here in the United States and be with her family,” Zuniga says to the camera. “She signed up for DACA to protect Dreamers like her from being sent to countries that are not their homes.”

The girls say that seeing DeGeneres wearing a Dreamers shirt gave them hope.

Both girls speak openly about the positive impact DACA of and the increase of detentions and deportations of non-criminals by ICE, which has affected many families, including their own. Congress has the chance to pass legislation to protect all those that would be impacted by DACA and more by passing The Dream Act. Some legislators have taken a stand against passing a budget if the issue of DACA and the undocumented community is not addressed by the end of the year. The girls hope that DeGeneres would be willing to activate her fanbase to pressure Congress to act and pass The Dream Act.


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