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Saqueo Mejia, a dump truck driver for Prime Junk Removal, was standing behind his own vehicle when a second truck started backing up and pinned him between the two trucks on Friday afternoon. Medics found him unconscious on the ground and tried to resuscitate him, but it was too late. Diego Mejia, the victim’s brother, was heartbroken to miss his chance for a final goodbye and had to deliver the devastating news to his parents via video chat. Mejia began his life in Brooklyn five years ago and continuously sent money to support his parents and five brothers in Guatemala. New York Daily News
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Fabiola and her family of nine fled their home in Columbia to seek safety in America, but they eventually feared for their lives there as well. The family’s life was going fine in Columbia when the economy dipped and a guerilla began forcing the family to pay a “quota” to be left alone. When they failed to meet the quota in 2013, putting Fabiola’s son in danger, they decided to head to the U.S. Yet once President Trump got into office, the family began facing persecution and feared losing their children. In 2018, the family became one of thousands of asylum seekers who left the U.S. for Canada. Read more at Documented
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