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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.

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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. 

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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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US Med School Grad Blacked Out While Kidnapped In Mexico And Can’t Recall What Happened

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US Med School Grad Blacked Out While Kidnapped In Mexico And Can’t Recall What Happened

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There are multiple questions surrounding an Arkansas man who disappeared in Mexico following his graduation from medical school earlier this month. Jessy Pacheco, 29, was out celebrating with a friend in Guadalajara when officials say they were attacked and his friend killed. Officials presumed Pacheco was kidnapped after going missing for over a week back on June 15th. But according to CNN, he was seen last Friday on airport surveillance cameras leaving Mexico with his mother. The next day, his family didn’t say much about how he was found.

Jessy Pacheco says he doesn’t remember a thing about vanishing or what happened to his friend.

Pacheco arrived safe and returned to the U.S. over the weekend. Joined with his parents, he gave a press conference Sunday that raised many questions as to what happened in Mexico. According to Pacheco, he doesn’t have a clue how he went missing besides the celebration beforehand.

“I can’t recall anything,” Pacheco said at the press conference back home. “I mean, it was just a complete blackout. Graduation was amazing, all my family and friends were there. Next thing you know (I) blacked out and then ended up showing up back home.”

The celebration happened just hours after he graduated from medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.

Pacheco’s close friend, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, was found beaten, shot, and killed a block away from the bar where they were last seen.

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Authorities found Romero’s body two days later near the bar where both he and Pacheco were last seen together. Romero, who was also a medical school student and U.S. citizen, was reportedly attacked and fatally shot by a group equipped with an AK-47, according to the Jalisco attorney general’s office, NBC News reports.

“Carlos was a close friend of mine and I’m sorry it happened to him,” Pacheco said. “I would have taken his place, he didn’t deserve it.”

To this point, Pacheco says he didn’t know how many days he went missing or what happened to him after leaving the bar. He has also yet to speak with Mexican authorities since returning to back home to Arkansas.

“There are things that we don’t know, and that’s what they [authorities] are trying to figure out because we just don’t know,” Pacheco said.

There are still so many questions behind this disappearance and how Pacheco returned home.

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Many are wondering how Pacheco was found or if some information is being withheld from him or his family. On Sunday, his family would not elaborate or discuss how Pacheco was found after being presumed kidnapped.

“We don’t know who he was with, who had him,” Vilma Franco, Pacheco’s mother, said at the press conference. “We don’t know nothing.”

There are currently no suspects at this time but Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez told NBC News that investigators had believed Pacheco was kidnapped by the same group that killed his friend. But there has yet to be any arrests in connection with Romero’s death. The FBI is also being involved in the investigation of the case.

While there are still details to be sorted out, at this time, Pacheco’s family is just happy to have their son back home.

“I didn’t think I was going to be back home. I thought my life was over, but I’m home,” Pacheco said. “I’m just glad I’m home. A lot of people who are in these kinds of situations don’t get this opportunity. I thank God.”

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Pregnant Mom Of Two Children Faces Deportation Back To Guatemala Without A Place To Go

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Pregnant Mom Of Two Children Faces Deportation Back To Guatemala Without A Place To Go

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It’s quite rare to hear of raids in sanctuary cities such as New York City or Los Angeles, but detainments do happen. In 2018, the Queens Eagle reports that 33 people were detained in Queens and 35 were detained in Brooklyn. This latest case is not only affecting the person arrested but her small children as well.

A Guatemalan pregnant woman living in Queens with her two U.S.-born children is currently facing deportation.

Alma Sofia Centeno Santiago is a 33-year-old undocumented woman that was arrested by ICE at a Queens courthouse. She was there for a court appearance in regards to a dispute with the father of her child. Some called foul when Santiago was initially arrested because ICE cannot do those inside courthouses.

“This a particularly harrowing example of the human devastation caused when ICE enters the courthouse,” Make the Road Action Managing Director Daniel Altschuler told the Eagle earlier this month.

The family of this woman is very concerned for because she’s currently very sick and, also, if deported, has nowhere to go when she gets to Guatemala.

Santiago, who’s been held at New Jersey’s Bergen County Detention Facility for two months, is reportedly experiencing extreme stomach pain and is in quarantine due to a measles outbreak at the center.

Her family and friends already fear the worst because they haven’t heard from her in a couple of days.

“We are nervous and concerned because she usually calls us,” her friend Jennifer Pacheco told the publication, “She said if she didn’t call them, they may have moved her. They told her that maybe Sunday night going into Monday, or Monday night going into Tuesday that she will probably be removed and deported.”

If deported, Santiago leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

READ: 11-Year-Old Undocumented Girl Is Being Forced To Leave The U.S. Without Her Family

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