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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.

Posted by Miguel Angel on Saturday, August 4, 2018

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.

CREDIT: Credit:@LatinoRebels

“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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Latinos Are Sharing Their Family's Immigration Stories On Twitter Because The US Was Created For Immigrants

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Latinos Are Sharing Their Family’s Immigration Stories On Twitter Because The US Was Created For Immigrants

Immigration has become one of the most contentious topics in U.S. politics since President Trump jumped into the Republican primaries in 2015. He launched his campaign calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists and he has continued in his attack of the immigrant community after winning the election. One point of immigration that has especially angered Trump is “chain migration,” which allows family members of U.S. citizens can become U.S. citizens through sponsorship. While Trump is against such migration, First Lady Melania Trump’s parents just used that same system to become U.S. citizens.

First Lady Melania Trump’s parents, who are natives of Slovenia, recently became U.S. citizens under her sponsorship through “chain migration.”

In response, Politico published a story by Senior Advisor Stephen Miller’s uncle, Dr. David Glosser in which he writes that if Miller’s anti-immigration agenda had been in place a century ago, his Jewish family “would have been wiped out.”

Attorney Asha Rangappa, a former FBI Special Agent, took to Twitter after the news and asked people to share their #ImmigrantStories.

“Hearing his accent, and seeing that he was an older gentleman, I asked where he was from and when he came here,” Rangappa tweeted. “He told me that his family immigrated here from Ireland in 1982. He then asked, ‘What are we going to do? Is anything going to happen to him?’ I told him that I didn’t know what was going to happen, but that the most important thing that anyone could do is vote. He told me that his father died in 1973 at the age of 48, having never voted. He said it was because he wasn’t a ‘householder’ (? not sure what he meant). And he said, ‘So I promise you that I vote whenever I get a chance.’ I so loved this conversation (which was slightly longer than described), and it occurred to me: I, for one, would love to hear people’s #ImmigrantStories.”

The response was overwhelming. Here’s some of our favorite Latino immigration stories.

This country was created for the purpose of people from around the world to find refuge. It is a place where race and class should not determine your place in society or future.

From refugees of theSalvadoran  Civil War to professionals.

This story by Ana Fuentes is a true reflection of how immigrants improve their lives and succeed no matter what obstacles are in front of them.

Immigrants so love thier adopted him that they fight to defend it.

Unlike the rhetoric coming from the White House, immigrants contribute to the success of this country.

We know what it means to work hard.

Retirement isn’t something our parents and grandparents thought about. Many of our elders find the work they want to do and they stick with it until they physically cannot work anymore.

This family came to the U.S. right before the Great Depression.

And despite the economic disaster, the family stuck it out and made things work.

And, no matter what, we will work for whatever we want and need to further our families.

READ: This Military Veteran Served Two Tours In Afghanistan And Was Deported In The Middle Of The Night

Do you have an #ImmigrantStory you’d like us to know about? Let us know by sharing this story and commenting below!

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