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They Couldn’t Find A Job Because Of Discrimination, So They Did The Next Best Thing

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Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Los Perejiles is pizza catering service that offers way more than a few pies or delicious, warm pastries, the Guardian reports. The fast-rising company offers jobs to young men and women with Down Syndrome who are often discriminated by potential employers. Tired of being overlooked, a group of four young men with Down Syndrome decided to do something about it.

In 2015, this group of four young men decided that if no one would hire them, they would just create their own business.

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With a desire to work, and only discrimination holding them back, Franco, Leandro, Mateo, and Mauricio (pictured left to right) became entrepreneurs, opening their own restaurant, Los Perejiles.

With each founding member capitalizing on their own talents in the kitchen, the industrious group found a real recipe for success.

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By 2016, Los Perejiles was catering a few small affairs around Buenos Aires.

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The four chefs began catering events in schools, private gathers, and buisness events, La Nacion reports.

Word of mouth spread, and the demand for Los Perejiles catering ramped up.

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Los Perejiles keeps a Facebook photo album for every event they’ve worked. Each album shows how the gatherings have increased over time. Since 2016, the company has amassed a following over more than 35,000 Facebook fans.

And Los Perejiles had to expand its own staff to meet the demand.

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These days, the small crew has a main office in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo, and caters around the city as well as in the North, La Nacion reports. When they aren’t busy with events, the group hands out food to the homeless population in Buenos Aires.

For co-founder Leandro Lopez, success means that Los Perejiles can hire people who may not otherwise get a job.

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Lopez told ACI Prensa that he wanted to show that it was normal for people with Down Syndrome to be part of the workforce: “The idea was to change the paradigm around Down Syndrome.”

To date, Los Perejiles has catered over 128 events, and it employs 24 men and women with Down Syndrome.

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Lopez told ACIPrensa, “It seems to me that we all have the right to two fundamental things, to life and to be taken into account. These two premises can make a happy living person his whole life.”

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Here's What ICE Is Saying About The Arrest Of 23-Year-Old Mexican DACA Recipient

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Here’s What ICE Is Saying About The Arrest Of 23-Year-Old Mexican DACA Recipient

Daniel Ramirez Medina was sleeping at his father’s home in Des Moines, Washington on Friday when Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents showed up. They were there to arrest Ramirez’s father, but decided to ask Ramirez whether or not he is in the country legally.



Ramirez informed the ICE agents that he has a work permit that was issued under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Regardless, he was arrested and taken to a detention center in Tacoma.



Ramirez, 23, was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents when he was only 7 years old. In 2014, he became a became a DACA recipient, which he was again granted in 2016.



DACA is a program that was created by executive order under President Obama. It gives immigrants who meet certain requirements and were brought to the U.S. as young children without documented status the opportunity to stay in the country, get Social Security numbers and apply for work permits. Basically, it keeps recipients from being deported and allows them to legally work in the country. That’s why Ramirez’s arrest is so surprising – because he is in the U.S. legally, under DACA protection.



This might be the first detention of a “dreamer” (a term derived from a never-passed proposal called the DREAM Act that would have provided protections similar to DACA’s) under the Trump administration. “Dreamers” have to pass background checks and have been authorized by the Obama administration to live and work in the U.S., but it remains to be seen if the Trump administration will honor those promises.



Ramirez has no criminal record and his lawyers have filed a lawsuit in Washington state’s federal court claiming that he is “presently detained without justification” and that he is not a “threat to national security or public safety.”



ICE, however, has a different story. Rose Richeson, ICE spokesperson, said, “Mr. Ramirez — a self-admitted gang member — was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, Washington, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon. He was arrested February 10 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.”



Mark Rosenbaum, one of Ramirez’s lawyers, is calling B.S. on the account ICE is giving and issued the following statement: “Mr. Ramirez unequivocally denies being in a gang. While in custody, he was repeatedly pressured by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit affiliation. The statement issued tonight by Ms. Richeson of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is inaccurate.”



Ramirez’s lawyers are hoping that the detention is a mistake. Rosebaum says, “We have no reason to believe that promise will be broken. This case should not see the inside of a courtroom.”



Details of Ramirez’s arrest are still developing…



[H/T] Reuters: Click here to find out more about Daniel Ramirez Medina’s situation.

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