One of the hateful things right wingers say to people who speak up on behalf of child refugees fleeing Central American countries is, “Why don’t you take them into your own house if you’re such a bleeding-heart liberal?”
Well, in San Diego a local businessman did exactly that, after his 5-year old son asked why buses carrying migrant families were being blocked by right wing protesters in Murrieta; he took in a family from Guatemala with help from a group called “Border Angels.”
And then, when word spread through social media that he had done this — he started getting death threats from right wingers:
“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.
He said when word spread through social media that he was hosting the family, someone posted a Facebook page boycotting his business and threatening him. One post read, “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!”
The site was taken down after a cease and desist order was sent to the administrator. The threats have not stopped, though.
“Now, we’re getting death threats,” said Lane. “They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill my family.”
He added, “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.”
(h/t: Gabe Ortíz.)