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Source: Brooklyn Ink
Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Hate Crime Victim May Face Deportation


The mother of a Brooklyn man who faces deportation after being arrested when he told cops he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime wants justice, the Daily News reports.

“It hurts me so much,” said his mom,Jorgelina Aguirre. “He’s there in jail unjustly.”

Aguirre, supported by the nonprofit group Make the Road New York, will hold a news conference Wednesday to call for the Brooklyn district attorney to drop charges against her son.

Ricardo Muñiz, 23, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, told police he was dancing with another gay friend at a Flatbush bar in July when an older man started making anti-gay slurs.

According to Muñiz, two men, including the one who had insulted him, followed him and his two friends when they left the bar after it closed at 4:30 a.m. They were walking along Caton Ave. toward Ocean Ave., he said, when the taunts began again.

Muñiz told his mother that one of the men yelled, “You’re going to die, f—-t.”

Muñiz said he tried to calm the situation when his friends began to fight with the two men. “I intervened, telling the younger man to calm down. That’s when he took off his belt, wrapped it around his hand and attacked me with the buckle,” he told police, later saying that the older man took a bat from his car and hit him with it.