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South Seattle neighbors fight back against man's fliers featuring ICE hotline

People in Seattle's South Park neighborhood say they're shaken by flyers encouraging people to call the feds on illegal immigrants, so they're now posting their own signs welcoming immigrants and refugees. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - People in Seattle's South Park neighborhood say they're shaken by flyers encouraging people to call the feds on illegal immigrants.

Fliers have been posted on light poles that read, "For fast deportation of illegal immigrants, call the ICE hotline."

No some neighbors are firing back against what say are an anti-immigration signs.

“They don't belong in South Park,” said Brad Cerenzia.

Cerenzia first spotted the signs all over South Park a week and a half ago.

“These were encouraging people to expedite deportation of immigrants," he said.

It's something he never expected to see in his diverse neighborhood.

“It's reprehensible to think that there's someone in this community that would go out of his way to put up anti-immigration and anti-refugee forms like this,” said Cerenzia.

Cerenzia and other neighbors decided to take action. They've been putting up new signs to welcome immigrants.

The signs are in three different languages and read, “Welcome to South Park. It doesn't matter where you are from, we are happy you are our neighbor."

“I was out on my bike looking for his signs, taking them down, putting up our signs,” said Cerenzia.

And that's when he says he encountered the man behind the signs.

“He came along and he was furious,” said Cerenzia. “He likened it to encouraging abused women to call 911 against domestic abusers.”

KOMO attempted to talk to that man, but he didn't want to comment on his signs.

“His signs pop up. Every morning,” said Cerenzia.

Frustrated neighbors contacted police, who said the man has the right to free speech and isn't breaking any laws.

So, Cerenzia and others will keep patrolling the neighborhood.

“He's welcome to continue putting them up as much as he'd like, just like we're going to continue putting up our messages of hope and welcoming to South Park,” said Cerenzia.


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