For the past few weeks, national attention has focused heavily on issues of racial profiling after a number of high-profile incidents involving white people calling the police on people of color spread on social media.
Now a video of a man threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Spanish-speaking employees in a New York restaurant is going viral — and creating some trouble for the man at the center of the video.
In the video, an unidentified man can be seen yelling at the employees of a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan, berating them for speaking Spanish to customers.
So my wife and her best friend Just experience what America is becoming !They where on there lunch time and ordering there food and just because they where speaking in Spanish to the waiter this asshole jumps in and started to call the waiter and my wife and her best friend all types of names and threatened to call I.C.E on them and the employees !!!!What a big man talking down to couple of women and a helpless employee. I wish someone tells me I can’t speak in my native language ! First of all they wasn’t talking to you !! Asshole !My country !! Haha I love the way people are just throwing that world around lately !! If you love this country this much ! Why don’t you put on uniform and protect it !!If he was so offended because the waiter was speak in Spanish only because of a native person spoke to him in Spanish, why don’t he start waitering and he won’t have that issue and family stop getting Spanish nannies and stop getting Spanish people to farm and ………You know where I’m getting !!So please stop !! Because in the end you need them ! But what you need to do is stop trying to control us ! Slavery stopped a long time ago !!Deena Gonzalez Emily Serrano
Posted by Edward Suazo on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
“Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” he says to one employee in the video. “This is America.”
When other people inside the lunch spot laugh, the man threatens to call ICE, which has the power to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. It’s important to note that there’s no apparent reason for him to think that the workers are in the country illegally except for their race.
“My guess is they’re not documented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country,” he says. “They have the balls to come here and live off of my money? I pay for their welfare; I pay for their ability to be here. The least they could do, the least they could do is speak English.”
It’s worth noting that he’s actually incorrect. Though the workers’ status in this case is unknown, research shows that undocumented workers in the US frequently have money withheld from their paychecks, which means that they’re actually supporting social welfare programs like Medicare and Social Security while getting none of the benefits in return.
According to the website Gothamist, video of the exchange was first posted to Facebook by Edward Suazo. Suazo says that his wife and her friend were speaking with a cashier when the man began yelling at them for talking in Spanish.
“What a big man talking down to couple of women and a helpless employee. I wish someone tells me I can’t speak in my native language!” Suazo wrote in a Facebook post. “First of all they wasn’t talking to you!”
Twitter users quickly identified the man and are calling for his disbarment
Intercept columnist Shaun King posted the video of the man on Twitter and asked his 962,000 followers to help identify him.
Other users have uploaded videos of Trump rallies where they say the attorney was present. According to the New York Daily News, Schlossberg is a registered Republican. King later tweeted that Schlossberg’s law office donated to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump has repeatedly called for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and has pushed for stricter immigration enforcement since taking office.
The asshole lawyer caught on video mad about people speaking Spanish in NYC that @ShaunKing is calling out?@Ike_Saul caught him on video yelling “You are not a Jew” to Jewish people last year.pic.twitter.com/rSl2rpnmZw
— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 16, 2018
Schlossberg’s law office has since been flooded with negative reviews online, as well as calls for him to be disbarred.
Nice update on law firm profile of Aaron Schlossberg, man caught in viral video berating two women for speaking Spanish, telling them he “paid for their welfare” and threatening to call ICE agents on them. https://t.co/GJLAkcce4b pic.twitter.com/dyojOTAWYx
— Laura Dimon (@LauraDimon) May 16, 2018
Schlossberg has yet to comment publicly on the controversy.
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