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More Than 100 People Were Arrested In A Small Nebraska Town And The Community Is Caring For The Children

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Family separations at the border have been halted because of the ruling by a federal judge. However, the story of family separations continues for mixed immigration status families living in the U.S. In fact, arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are on the rise. A series of early morning raids in a small town in Nebraska has left a community reeling while banding together to care for the children left behind as a result of the raids.

On August 8, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials detained more than 100 people from various factories and businesses in O’Neill Nebraska.

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ICE agents arrested 133 people in a town with a population of less than 4,000 people.

Last week’s raid was one of the largest ever conducted during ICE’s 15-year history. According to The Washington Post, the raid was the result of a year-long investigation.

“The job magnet in the United States is primarily what draws illegal aliens across our borders,” Tracy Cormier, special agent in charge of Homeland Security’s St. Paul, Minnesota, told The Washington Post. “This HSI-led criminal investigation has shown that these targeted businesses were knowingly hiring illegal workers to unlawfully line their own pockets by cheating the workers, cheating the taxpayers, and cheating their business competitors.”

It was still summer break so members of the community had to figure out how to help all of the children left behind.

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The school year officially started on August 16, one week after the raids, and the schools were still closed.

The school system responded by opening the schools to provide families and children shelter.

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“We just wanted to make sure all of our students knew that school was a safe place, that school loved them regardless of their (immigration) status,” O’Neill Public Schools Superintendent Amy Shane told The Lincoln Journal Star.

Around 12 to 15 kids showed up to the school to seek shelter. However, school officials say that roughly 50 to 100 children may have had a family member taken away.

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The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 17 percent of O’Neill Public Schools students are Latino, and “more than 7 percent were English Language Learners last year.”

At least three kids were separated from both parents, according to the school.

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Immigration officials have been responsible for forcibly orphaning children at the border and in the U.S. through raids and mass arrests.

According to ICE, the company owners were trying to exploit Latino workers.

“The ACLU condemns this ongoing campaign of misery that targets immigrants, disrupts local businesses and separates families,” Rose Godinez, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, said in a written statement according to the Associated Press.

READ: As Immigration Officers Trick People To Sign Deportation Orders, These Detainees Are Peacefully Fighting Back

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Here's The Latest On The White Woman Who Threw Hot Coffee At A Latino Construction Worker

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Here’s The Latest On The White Woman Who Threw Hot Coffee At A Latino Construction Worker

A Latino man who was hired as a contractor at an upscale apartment complex in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California was subjected to racist rant by a white resident. Miguel Sanchez and his coworker showed up to do repairs on an owner’s unit when tan irate white woman physically blocked them from driving into the apartment garage. In a video that Sanchez shared on Facebook, a woman identified as Rhonda Michelle Polon is seen throwing hot coffee directly into Sanchez’s face.

Miguel Sanchez recorded a video that shows a racist interaction he had with the white woman that resulted with him having hot coffee thrown at him.

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Sanchez, who was in charge of the site and had the keys and remote to enter the property, had arrived at the apartment complex to work on an owner’s unit last Saturday. When his co-worker Jesse arrived, he went downstairs to let him in. When Sanchez showed up at the gate, he noticed Jesse was in a verbal altercation with Rhonda Michelle Polon, the owner of Spin Gal Fitness in West Hollywood.

“She was calling us wetbacks and that we were probably there to steal their stuff,” he explained in an interview with KTLA5. “After all those racial comments on us, I got my phone out and I started recording.”

The video shows Sanchez showing the woman the keys and garage door opener before she throws coffee at him.

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“She didn’t like that I was recording, so she threw hot coffee on my face.” Sanchez recalled after he pulled out his phone. He then called police, who he says arrived approximately two hours later. KTLA reports LAPD officers responded to the scene and noticed Sanchez face was still bright red. But since officials didn’t witness the incident, police said it was up to Sanchez to request a private person arrest. According to Sanchez, he gave police his side of the story and Polon did as well.

The officers asked if Sanchez would like to press charges and send her to jail or have them issue her a ticket. Fearing negative employment outcomes, Sanchez did not press charges and chose the ticket.

Polon says she isn’t a racist and only threw the coffee because she was being “harassed for 45 minutes.”

Shortly after, Polon made her Instagram page private and deactivated her business Facebook Page (Spin Gal Fitness) after the video of the incident went viral.

A protest party called a “Coffee Cathy & Bathrobe Billy Latin Party at Fitness Factory WeHo” has been planned for August 16.

A longer video version of the incident appears on the Viva Bernie 2020 Facebook page. It shows another heated confrontation with an unidentified man that accused the two workers of stealing his bike. The Facebook group is scheduled to throw a “Latin Party” at Polon’s fitness studio in West Hollywood where protesters and mariachis are set to appear.

READ: There Are More Hate Crimes Being Committed In California, And It’s Higher Among Latinos

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