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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.

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

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

When it comes to international happiness rankings, Mexico has long done well in many measurements. In fact, in 2019, Mexico placed number 23 beating out every other Latin American country except for Costa Rica. But in 2020, things looks a lot different as the country slipped 23 spots on the list. What does this mean for Mexico and its residents? 

Mexico slips 23 spots on the World Happiness Report thanks to a variety of compelling factors.

Mexico plummeted 23 places to the 46th happiest nation in the world, according to the 2020 happiness rankings in the latest edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on Mexicans’ happiness in 2020, the new report indicates.

“Covid-19 has shaken, taken, and reshaped lives everywhere,” the report noted, and that is especially true in Mexico, where almost 200,000 people have lost their lives to the disease and millions lost their jobs last year as the economy recorded its worst downturn since the Great Depression.

Based on results of the Gallup World Poll as well as an analysis of data related to the happiness impacts of Covid-19, Mexico’s score on the World Happiness Report index was 5.96, an 8% slump compared to its average score between 2017 and 2019 when its average ranking was 23rd.

The only nations that dropped more than Mexico – the worst country to be in during the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Bloomberg news agency – were El Salvador, the Philippines and Benin.

Mexico has struggled especially hard against the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since the pandemic started, Mexico has fared far worse than many other countries across Latin America. Today, there are reports that Mexico has been undercounting and underreporting both the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths. Given this reality, the country is 2nd worst in the world when it comes to number of suspected deaths, with more than 200,000 people dead. 

Could the happiness level have an impact on this year’s elections?

Given that Mexico’s decline in the rankings appears related to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic here, one might assume that the popularity of the federal government – which has been widely condemned for its management of the crisis from both a health and economic perspective – would take a hit.

But a poll published earlier this month found that 55.9% of respondents approved of President López Obrador’s management of the pandemic and 44% indicated that they would vote for the ruling Morena party if the election for federal deputies were held the day they were polled.

Support for Morena, which apparently got a shot in the arm from the national vaccination program even as it proceeded slowly, was more than four times higher than that for the two main opposition parties, the PAN and the PRI.

Still, Mexico’s slide in the happiness rankings could give López Obrador – who has claimed that ordinary Mexicans are happier with him in office – pause for thought.

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