Armando Colunga decided to buy pizza for a group of undocumented immigrants living in a tractor-trailer after he saw a news report on them.
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According to reports, 50 undocumented immigrants from Central and South American backgrounds were discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in the back on an 18-wheeler truck. These immigrants, who were from Guatemala, Brazil, El Salvador, and Mexico, were being detained and were waiting for authorities to interview and transport them.
Armando, who is of Mexican descent, saw the report on TV and felt the need to rescue and help these immigrants. He drove all the way to the other side of town, at 8400 Laurelhurst Drive, to meet with the people.
Upon reaching there, he saw a Little Caesar’s nearby and decided to buy seven pizzas to feed the immigrants. He was worried if the police officers and firefighters present at the scene would allow him to hand the pizza over.
However, fortunately enough, two of the detectives escorted him to the place where the individuals were being held and handed the pizzas over to the fireman who later distributed them to the immigrants.
The immigrants had, in fact, not been fed and were only provided with water. Armando told CNN, “I didn’t think about if it (the seven pizzas) would be enough — I just figured everyone would have something to eat.[sic]”
Officers at the scene informed him that he had no duty to serve like this and he can choose not to do it. However, he stated, “No I didn’t have to, but they’re my people.”
According to Armando, he cared for the immigrants because ‘who knows how long they’ve been in there for?’ Armando, who works as a tow truck driver, stated that he would have made the same gesture even if the immigrants were from another racial or ethnic background.
He said, “If they were black or African people or white people coming from London … I would have done the same thing. It’s not about race.”
Facebook users appreciated Armando’s efforts and were glad that they share the same country with such generous and selfless people.
One user commented, “He represents the best in America. It’s people like him that Make America Great,” while another one said, “Kindness is really that simple.”
Another comment read, “You still have great people in your country, they can’t stop that! From Canada, I say this guy is my new American hero!” and “A person with heart and soul, it is probably the only positive moment the immigrants will experience in America!!”