No matter how you feel about the immigration crisis we’re currently facing with thousands of immigrants from Central and South America flooding our border, the vile way in which many have behaved toward these human beings has been appalling.
Take for instance a local California businessman who received death threats after he took in an immigrant family.
After learning of a family through Border Angels, Mark Lane decided to take the family in. This family apparently fled from Guatemala after the mother’s sons were threatened with death if they did not join a gang. During their trip to the United States, the family says that their 23-year-old daughter was raped multiple times and they had all their possessions stolen from them.
“When they came to our house, they were scared. We had two extra rooms, but they didn’t want to be separated so they all piled into one room,” said Lane.
As news spread about Lane taking in this family, a Facebook page sprung up threatening him and encouraging people to boycott his business. One post on the page said, “Mark Lane needs a serious beating in front of his customers. But then he serves crap food. His establishment is rat infested and smells like raw sewage!”
After filing a cease and desist order, the page was taken down.
But that was only the beginning, because the threats didn’t stop after the page was taken down.
“Now, we’re getting death threats,” said Lane. “They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill my family. They think it’s OK for them to now threaten my life. They put my kids and my wife’s picture on their hate sites, not even the mafia does that.”
Though none of this has discouraged him.
“I’m not going to stop helping families,” he said. “When this family leaves, the next family that comes through immigration – our house is open.”
And it seems all this hate has backfired as Lane claims his business is booming due to all the publicity.
And for the record, his business is Poppa’s Fresh Fish Company: 3227 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113.
Again, this isn’t about your personal feelings about how we should handle these immigrants as a country. That’s for our government to decide. But no matter if you feel they need to be sent back, or given asylum here, there’s absolutely no excuse to act the way many of these anti-immigrant individuals have behaved toward these immigrants.
It’s disgusting, it’s repulsive and it’s embarrassing.
But this man should be commended for having the courage to stand up against that ignorance and act like an amazing human being.
Watch his interview below via ABC 10 News: