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Cop Responded To His Cries For Help By Having Him Sent To An Immigration Detention Center

On April 27, 31-year-old Honduran immigrant Marcos Antonio Huete was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle to work in Key West, Florida. When police showed up, Huete was not treated like a victim at all, but rather the immigrant was treated like a suspect. Recently-released police body cam footage shows that the first officer on the scene immediately began interrogating Huete, rather than checking on his safety.

Instead of checking on Antonio Huete’s physical well-being, the officer began asking about his immigration status, video from Univision shows.

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As they approach Antonio Huete, who can be seen laying on the ground after being hit by the pickup, the officer begins questioning Huete’s immigration status, saying, “You illegal? Are you a legal citizen or no? Speak English? You got ID? Passport, visa, or what?” As Think Progress points out, the officer failed to live up to the Monroe County (the County where Key West is located) Sheriff’s Office Code of Ethics, which states officers are expected to “treat people with dignity, good faith and equity; without discrimination.”

Things only got worse for Antonio Huete after he finally received medical attention.

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Antonio Huete was told to return to the scene after he received medical attention. Upon returning, he was fined $75 because officers determined he was at fault for the accident. He was then detained by Border Patrol and has since been held at the Krome Detention Center in Miami, Florida, Think Progress reports.

Antonio Huete’s sister told Univision, “The fact that we do not have papers does not mean that we do not have rights.”


As Think Progress reports, Antonio Huete’s deportation apparently stems from a deportation order from 2010. Critics, however, argue that aside from not offering medical assistance to Antonio Huete, the police department is under no obligation to contact immigration agents. Other criticism stems from how the officer handled the situation. Howard Simon from the American Civil Liberties Union told Univision, “Asking for immigration status to a person after being hit by a car offends human rights sensitivity and is very counterproductive for effective law enforcement.”

This incident is similar to another in which a passenger was questioned by Minneapolis Transit police.

This incident occurred on the Minneapolis Blue Line light rail train, northbound on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Question of the Day: why are Metro Transit Police asking people's immigration status???

Posted by Ricardo Levins Morales on Friday, May 19, 2017

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Video from Ricardo Morales captured the incident, which occurred on May 14th. Minneapolis Metro Transit police confronted a passenger over fare, but the conversation quickly turned to an interrogation on the person’s immigration status. While filming, Morales asked the officers, “Are you guys authorized to act as immigration police?” He then informed them that asking questions about a person’s immigration status was “very touchy legal territory.” After Morales’ intervention, the video shows, the officer dropped his questioning.

Metro has assured its citizens that Minneapolis is still a sanctuary city, despite this incident.


In an attempt to reassure passengers, Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington released the following statement to the Metro Transit’s Facebook page:

It is not the practice of the Metro Transit police to inquire about the immigration status of our riders. Our policy states:

“It is the policy of the Metro Transit Police Department that all members make personal and professional commitments to equal enforcement of the law and equal service to the public. Confidence in this commitment will increase the effectiveness of this department in protecting and serving the entire community and recognizing the dignity of all persons, regardless of their immigration status.”

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Florida AG Calls For Investigation Into Mike Bloomberg After He Paid Fines For Felons To Vote

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Florida AG Calls For Investigation Into Mike Bloomberg After He Paid Fines For Felons To Vote

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Mike Bloomberg promised during his campaign that he would help the Democratic nominee get elected. The former mayor of New York City is following through on his promise and his first focus is on Florida.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is spending money to help get Joe Biden elected.

During the 2020 campaign, Mike Bloomberg promised to spend his money and use his time to help elect the Democratic nominee. Many at the time were skeptical at the claim but Bloomberg is following through. The philanthropist and businessman is spending millions to advance his cause in Florida.

This is just the beginning of Bloomberg’s work in Florida to defeat President Trump. The New York politician has pledged to spend $100 million to help Biden win Florida. This includes ad buys and other ways to promote Biden within the Sunshine State.

Bloomberg recently raised $16 million to help get felons their right to vote back.

In 2018, Floridian voted in favor of reinstating the voting right of former felons who served their time. Governor Ron DeSantis immediately went to work stopping the voters’ choice and set up roadblocks to prevent former felons from voting. One of those roadblocks was making former felons pay all of their fines and fees before getting their right to vote back.

Bloomberg was able to raise enough money to pay off the fines and fees for 31,000 former felons in Florida. There are more than 1 million currently trying to get their right to vote back. Part of the problem with the fines and fees is that the state of Florida is not compelled to tell felons how to pay the fees nor that they have the fees.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is calling for an investigation.

Moody, a Republican elected in 2018, called for an investigation into Bloomberg’s donation to restore the voting rights of thousands. The investigation is designed to see if Bloomberg violated any election laws.

“Today, I sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into potential violations of election laws,” Moody said in a statement on Wednesday. “And I have instructed the Statewide Prosecutor to work with law enforcement and any Statewide Grand Jury that the Governor may call.”

People want Bloomberg to do the same in other states.

Bloomberg committed to helping the Democrats win the White House in 2020 because of damage created by the Trump administration. Bloomberg’s sudden involvement in Florida highlights Bloomberg’s willingness to follow up on his word. Bloomberg’s initiative helped the felons with less than $1,500 in penalty fees and had already applied for their voting rights to be restored.

Remember, your vote is your voice. Make sure you are registered to vote and get your friends registered too. Go to IWillVote.com or VoyaVotar.com and text TODOS to 30330 today to learn what choices you have to vote in your community and get information on where and when to vote.

READ: Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Florida’s Latino vote is a crucial part of a winning strategy in the Sunshine State. The demographic shifts in recent years because of natural, financial, and governmental disasters has led to a big Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida. President Trump’s handling of the Hurricane Maria recovery has left Puerto Ricans upset with the administration.

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are battling for Florida’s Latino voters.

Both the Democratic and Republican nominees are making concerted efforts to shore up Latino support in Florida. There are 3.1 million eligible Latino voters in the swing state and make up a crucial voting bloc. While a large number are conservative Cubans and Cuban-Americans, there are also other Latino communities representing different parts of Latin America.

The polling tells a story of two candidates locked in a heated race for the Latino vote in Florida.

Polls, like The Washington Post-ABC News poll, show Biden taking the lead with Latino voters in Florida. According to that poll, Biden is leading Trump 52 percent to 39 percent. However, Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in Florida 62 percent to 35 percent in 2016. Clinton’s success with the Latino community of Florida shows that the Latino vote is not the only way to clinch the electoral college votes.

On the other hand, President Trump wants everyone to pay attention to one poll. President Trump is sharing a poll by The Washington Post and ABC News that shows him leading in Florida. According to the poll, Trump leads in Florida by 4 points.

The Latino community in southern Florida is being bombarded by a disinformation campaign.

The disinformation is aimed at Florida’s Latino voters and is peddling conspiracy theories against Biden. One of the most prominent examples of this disinformation was the racist and anti-Semitic insert published in a recent edition of the Miami Herald. The insert compared BLM protesters to Nazis but argued that Nazis were nicer since they didn’t steal anything.

Both candidates are pouring money into their campaign efforts in Florida. Both are spending time and money trying to court the Latino vote in an effort to win the key state.

Critics of the president are pointing to the sudden relief package to Puerto Rico is a grab for votes.

President Trump was harshly and fairly criticized after he didn’t respond to the natural disaster in Puerto Rico. The 2017 hurricane devastated the island and left millions without power for weeks. One of the most memorable moments of that time was President Trump throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans recovering from the disaster.

President Trump, during an election, approved $13 billion in relief funds for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican voters have not forgotten the three years it took for the president to approve relief funds to help rebuild the island after a devastating storm.

READ: The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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