Man in NY restaurant threatens to call ICE on people speaking Spanish


After the video went viral Wednesday, social activist Shaun King took to Twitter and asked his followers for help identify the man. The manager who handled the situation told the New York Daily News that the customer and employee were "speaking Spanish because they are friends".

After threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the man says people who come to the US live off his money and welfare - adding that "the least" they can do is speak English.

One of five U.S. residents speaks a language other than English at home, or a record 61.8 million, according to the 2013 American Community Survey, part of the U.S. Census.

When the worker tried to answer him they are bilingual and therefore they speak in both languages, the man did not accept it: "This is America", he exclaimed.

A woman tries to engage the man just before he walks out. The lunatic said, "I am a citizen here, you're not". Before leaving, he tells the woman, "Maybe you shouldn't eat that sandwich, take a break from the food". People on Twitter identified the man as attorney Aaron M. Schlossberg. Keeping your voice at a certain level is important, as well as making eye contact with other people who are there to see if they will join you in intervening.

In a Facebook post, Suazo said his wife and her best friend were talking to a waiter in Spanish when the man butted in and angrily demanded that they speak English.

But this is actually the most terrifying aspect of this video - ICE is so bereft of oversight under this regime of knuckledraggers, that it's entirely likely that some DHS brown shirts would descend on Fresh Kitchen and detain the whole salad department for three weeks before figuring out they're all third generation Brooklynites.

CNN has called and left messages at the law office the man apparently owns but has not heard back.

In a follow-up, Duncan explained that often times people who are victims in these incidents - people of color, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ+ community - tend to have negative experiences with law enforcement as well.

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Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tweeted in Spanish that the video "demonstrates how ignorant you are and makes clear you support the politics of Trump to destroy our families".

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