Protests Sprout Outside Naperville Gas Station After Video Shows Cashier Telling Family ‘ICE Will Come’
Separate groups stood outside the west suburban Chicago Mobil gas station on Washington Street, some holding signs that read “Build the Wall” and others that read “boycott racism.”
Hours earlier, Carolina Buitron said she her family were victims of discrimination when they stopped at the gas station for chips. The family said they were speaking Spanish when the cashier asked them to leave because they were “illegals.”
Video footage of the cashier was posted to social media and has since been viewed more than 400,000 times. Though the video does not show the cashier calling the family “illegals” it shows him asking the group if they are citizens and telling them “ICE will come.”
A second video shows the cashier and another customer telling the group “you have no rights.”
Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico said area police have reviewed the video and are “looking into it.”
“Let me be abundantly clear: hate has no home here in Naperville. Quite frankly, this type of behavior has no place in society at large,” he wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “Our city prides itself on being open and inclusive to all. Civility towards each other is an important component of being a global citizen, and I urge everyone in our community to showcase the kindness, compassion, and good decorum that our residents are known for and that our world needs more of.”
Congressman Raja Kristhnamoorthi addressed the footage Wednesday, telling MSNBC “this is the type of language the president propels and normalizes and it’s unacceptable.”
Earlier this week, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn President Donald Trump‘s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, who he tweeted should “go back” to their home countries.
Additional protests were planned for later Wednesday afternoon.