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He Married A Woman From El Salvador And Tried To Bribe ICE To Deport Her And Her Daughter When The Relationship Soured

A Portland man was sentenced to four months in federal prison on Monday after attempting to deport his estranged wife and daughter. According to the Orgenian, Antonio O. Burgos, 48, reached out to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer and offered him money in exchange for getting his wife deported from the U.S. This all began last May when Burgos followed an ICE officer from the agency’s Portland office to a parking lot in Vancouver, Washington and offered money.

A man has been sentenced to prison for attempting to bribe an immigration officer several times to deport his estranged wife and child.

Antonio Burgos met and married his wife in El Salvador but the relationship soured after he brought his wife and her daughter to the U.S. Reports say that he planned to bribe the officer to send his family back to El Salvador. The bribery attempt occurred in the midst of the couple’s divorce.

When Burgos followed the officer last May, it was the first of several bribe offers. He confronted and gave the officer his contact information after the offer was declined, federal prosecutors said. The ICE agent would report the incident to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

An investigation into the bribery attempt would prove that Burgos was ready to pay to have his wife deported back to El Salvador. The ICE officer made the first of two recorded calls to Burgos on May 31 during which he attempted to pay $3,000 for his wife’s deportation. On June 5 the officer made a second recorded call and again Burgos offered money.

The ICE agent then set a meeting with Burgos and it was then that he increased his offer.

On June 6, Burgos and the officer would meet again for an in-person meeting. It was then when he tried to bribe the officer once more, offering to pay $4,000 for the removal of his wife and his wife’s child.

According to ICE officials, Burgos gave the officer half of the bribe money during that meeting and agreed to provide the rest of the money after his family was deported.

Burgos was arrested on June 29 when he met the officer again and was carrying the other $2,000 at the time. He would plead guilty in November to bribery of a public official.

In case you didn’t know, attempting to bribe a federal officer is against the law.

ICE officials released a public statement this week saying that Burgos “will face the justice he deserves.” The case is yet another example of individuals unaware of basic laws and regulations when it comes to the attempt of bribing public officials.

“Criminals who attempt to disrupt and dismantle our operations by attempting to bribe public officials will not be tolerated, Brad Bench, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, Seattle office, said in a press release.”Yesterday’s verdict is an excellent example of both HSI and the OPR’s dedication to ending these type of brazen acts and reinforcing the public’s trust in our officers.”

READ: An Arizona Border Patrol Agent Spent 6 Years Arresting Immigrants While Being Undocumented Himself

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The Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright Says She Meant To Tase Him Instead Of Firing Her Gun

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The Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright Says She Meant To Tase Him Instead Of Firing Her Gun

Another Black man is dead, killed by the police.

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man from Minnesota was murdered on Sunday after a police officer pulled him over for a traffic violation. In an attempt to take in Wright after realizing he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, it is being said that the officer meant to use her Taser but accidentally fired her gun.

Police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota are saying that Wright’s attempt to reenter his car prompted the police fire.

Body camera footage of the Sunday incident was released for the first time on Monday during a news conference. Footage of the killing shows Wright outside of his car when authorities were attempting to place him under arrest. At one point, in the footage he can be seen attempting to reenter his vehicle, prompting a struggle with officers.

“I’ll tase ya,” a woman officer told Wright in the video after he attempted to kick her. “Taser, Taser, Taser!” the officer is heard yelling in the video before saying “Oh shit! I just shot him.”

According to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer meant to reach for her Taser.

Instead, she grabbed her gun.

“This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” Gannon claimed.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer in the incident as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police department. Potter is now on administrative leave.

Speaking about her standing, Gannon said “I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning.”

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott publicly supported Potter’s termination.

“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession, so I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties,” he explained before revealing that the officers initiated the traffic stop after clocking an expired registration tag on the car’s vehicle. When they ran Wright’s name they learned that he had a warrant out for his arrest. “That’s why they were moving from the car and they were making custodial arrest.”

Gannon went onto explain that the only information he had about the arrest warrant was that it was attached to a “gross misdemeanor warrant.”

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Tate’s Cookies Threatened to Report Undocumented Workers to ICE If They Unionized

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Tate’s Cookies Threatened to Report Undocumented Workers to ICE If They Unionized

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Fans of the crispy, buttery Tate’s cookies might be sad when they hear this news. According to current employees, the popular cookie business has been threatening employees who are trying to unionize.

According to multiple employees, Tate’s cookies threatened to contact ICE if workers vote to unionize next month.

According to Gothamist, most of Tate Bake Shop’s 432 employees are undocumented workers. But the National Labor Relations Act says that undocumented workers have a lawful right to unionize.

The powerhouse baked goods company Mondelēz International owns Tate’s cookies. Additionally, Mondelēz owns other popular brands like Oreo and Chips Ahoy. Local union leaders have called the company “anti-union on steroids”.

Once Tate’s cookies heard rumblings of their workers unionizing, however, they hired an anti-labor consultant. The consultant, Carlos Flores, brags on LinkedIn about keeping businesses “labor free”.

“They began threatening people based on their immigration status, telling them that if their documents are not in order and they attempted to join the labor union they would get deported,” said Eastern States’ Union president, Cosmo Lubrano.

The consultant allegedly told workers that he would review their documentation to see if “everything was in order”. If it wasn’t, he said ICE might “send them back”.

“Just because a worker wants to organize, wants to have representation doesn’t mean a company should make their life miserable,” said Julio, an undocumented worker, to The New York Times.

Tate’s cookies employees only began to discuss the possibility of unionizing when the pandemic hit. Workers felt that the cookie company might not protect them should they fall ill.

“We were in the heart of the pandemic at that time and they didn’t know any of the rules that applied to them,” said Anthony Miranti, an Eastern States’ union delegate.

“Will they get paid if they have to self-quarantine? How do they get safety equipment? They were telling us about how they’re all at minimum wage and needed more paid time off and there was just nobody to listen to their problems.”

Officially, Mondelēz denies all claims or threatening workers. They released a statement saying: “Any allegation that the company has violated any aspect of the National Labor Relations Act is untrue. Tate’s prides itself on treating all its employees with respect, and we have fostered over many years an inclusive, supportive, caring work environment and culture with our employees.”

Despite the threats to their livelihood, many workers still believe unionizing will ultimately be beneficial.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people who work in union shops. They say things are better,” said an undocumented worker by the name of Catalina to the New York Times. “Why not give this an opportunity?”

As Miranti says, “I think the workers that produce these products should be able to put their heads down on their pillows at night and know their job is secured, that their family has the best coverage out there, that they’ll have a pension to retire on someday.”

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