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John Leguizamo Told Colbert ‘Nobody Can Tell Me I’m Not American’

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“I’m an American. I’m so American it hurts.”

Emmy-winning actor John Leguizamo was on Stephen Colbert last week to talk about his one-man show, “Latin History for Morons,” currently running on Broadway. No stranger to the Broadway stage, with critically acclaimed one-man shows “Freak,” “Sexaholic” and “Ghetto Klown” under his belt, Leguizamo talked about what inspired him to do a show specifically about Latin History.

Recounting the days when his family moved to Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the most racially diverse neighborhoods in the country, Leguizamo talked about growing up Latino in that community.

“You’re playing stoop ball with your friends, or off-the-wall with your friends and all of a sudden you beat them,” he recounts. “And then they say ‘get out of my country’ and I didn’t know what to say back.”

However, he felt vindicated after doing the research for his show and discovering the many contributions Latinos have made in America dating back more than two centuries.

“I felt like, I’m an American,” he says. “I’m so American it hurts.”

Something he found in his research that impacted his sense of patriotism was learning that Latinos have fought in every war since the founding of the United States. He also found that Latinos have been the most decorated minority in each of those wars.

“How incredible is that?” he told Colbert. While listing off the wars that Latinos have fought in, he doubled down saying, “Nobody can tell me I’m not American. Nuh-uh.”

Check out the interview to find out how he feels about Trump as well, calling him “the enima of this country” who he says is “going to release all the misogyny, homophobia and racism out of the anus of America.” The man has a way with words.

READ: After The VMA ‘Despacito’ Snub John Leguizamo Has Decided Enough Is Enough In This Impassioned Letter

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800 Undocumented Workers Lost Their Jobs At A Chicago Bakery After Immigration Raid

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800 Undocumented Workers Lost Their Jobs At A Chicago Bakery After Immigration Raid

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If you’d like to see the economic effects of our current immigration crackdown, look no further than a Chicago bakery that lost 800 workers to an ICE raid. According to several news reports, Cloverhill Bakery — a Swiss-owned bakery with a branch in Chicago — announced that 35 percent of their workers will have to be replaced after immigration officials conducted a raid there sometime earlier this year.

The company that owns Cloverhill, Aryzta AG, wasn’t specific on when the actual raid took place, but their annual report shows a financial loss during the summer. The bakery, which supplies hamburger buns to McDonald’s, saw a 7 percent decrease in sales as a result of the raid, and according to Aryzta AG CEO Kevin Toland, that will trickle down to higher prices for the consumer.

“It’s proceeding very, very slowly because it’s like having a brand new factory and a brand new workforce,” Toland said to The Chicago Tribune. “That’s presenting a lot of challenges, as you can imagine.”

As the company attempts to stabilize, they are now working to garner a whole new staff and raise their wages. According to a local Chicago news affiliate, all of this has caused the bakery to lose $21 million.

H/T: Chicago immigration raid leaves bakery scrambling to rehire after 800 workers lost

READ: Border Patrol Agents Are Leaving Their Job Faster Than The Border Patrol Can Hire New Ones

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