Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Two Suspects Arrested In Connection With Daniel "Dbo" Baker's Homicide In Milwaukee's Southside

36-year-old man died after being shot by suspect, a 28-year-old man who happens to be the boyfriend of the victim's former girlfriend.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 21, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee police have arrested both Desiree Lee Kerner, 31, and her boyfriend, Les Paul Henderson, 28, in connection with the early March homicide of Daniel "Danny" Lee Baker, 36, aka, "Dbo". According to police, Henderson shot Baker while Kerner was present. Kerner has not been charged with the homicide, but her parole officer placed a hold on her after it was learned that drugs were involved. She remains in custody for a prior felony conviction.
Henderson was charged with two felony counts for 2nd-degree reckless homicide and for possession of a weapon by a felon. If convicted, Henderson is facing up to 25 years in prison for reckless homicide and up to $100,000 in fines and 10 years in prison for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and up to $25,000 in fines. Henderson is being held on a $10,000 cash bond, but a hold has been placed.
Henderson is expected back in court on April 4, he has pleaded not guilty.
Baker was shot at the 2300 block of S. 9th Street and later died at a local hospital, according to police.
Baker is survived by four children.

Tres Hermanos Restaurant Owner Identified Three Teen Suspects Who Robbed Customer Items

The owner of Los Tres Hermanos Restaurant has identified three teen suspects who robbed coats and cellphones from customers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 21, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Monday, Ramon Orozco, the owner of Los Tres Hermanos at the 1300 block of W. Lincoln Ave. posted a photo on Facebook identifying three teen suspects who robbed several coats and cellphones from restaurant customers. Orozco attempted to stop the teens, but they tried to assault him, but Orozco managed to get away.
The photo that Orozco posted was taken from a video surveillance camera at Myra's Jugos y Frutas at the 1400 block of W. Historic Mitchell Street. The teen suspects were at Myra's, but no stolen items were reported by the owners.
Orozco posted the photo to warn other business owners in the area about the teen suspects ages between 14 to 16. Police were contacted about the robbery at Tres Hermanos Restaurant.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Sanctuary City Issue Could Be Instrumental In Electing Waukegan's Next Mayor

Two mayoral candidates will face each other on the April 4th election and making the City of Waukegan a possible sanctuary city could be a key factor in the election.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 20, 2017

Waukegan, Illinois - On Monday, Raúl Ventura Ortiz, the radio host for Radio Latina 5.0/WPJX 1500 AM and journalist indicated during an interview with Diana Serna that the Latino vote could determine the next mayoral electon in the City of Waukegan. One key issue would be, if Waukegan could become a sanctuary city, but in a recent debate, mayoral candidate Lisa May, a current alderwoman who is running as an Independent admitted that she would not support for Waukegan to become a sanctuary city. Another mayoral candidate, Sam Cunningham, a current alderman as well who is running as a Democrat didn't make it clear during the debate whether he would support for the city to become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. The population in Waukegan is about 53.45% Hispanic, according to the last U.S. Census and about 9,700 Latinos are registered to vote, but during the last Primary Election not even 8% (776) of Latinos voted in the election, according to Ventura Ortiz.
City aldermen/women could get elected to office with about 200 to 300 votes due to a very low voter turnout, Ventura Ortiz told Serna during the interview. Ventura Ortiz says that May who happens to be White is backed by conservative Republicans and Cunningham who is Afro-American is a Democrat and is most likely to get elected, if progressive Whites, Afro-Americans and Latinos come out and vote for him. 
Ventura Ortiz says, that the Latino vote is up for grabs, but doesn't expect for May to attract the Latino voting block due to her strong stand that she won't support  for Waukegan to become a sanctuary city. May if elected doesn't want to oppose Trump's Executive Order for local law enforcement agencies to partnership with ICE's 287(g), which allows for police officers, county sheriff deputies and state police to enforce federal immigration laws.
The Latino voters in Waukegan and Latino business owners could have the deciding advantage of who will be the next mayor of Waukegan, if they mobilize the Latino community to get out the vote. If May is elected, mostly likely local enforcement officers could be instructed to help enforce federal immigration laws as Trump would like them to do, but if Cunningham gets elected, most likely he won't support a partnership with ICE to implement the 287(g) program, since years ago, he did opposed the 287(g) initiative.
Ventura Ortiz has confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that both May and Cunningham have accepted Radio Latina invitation to debate and speak live on the air on Friday, March 24, 2017 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
The candidates will mostly focus on the 287(g) enforcement, sanctuary city status, a proposal to make Waukegan a safe and secure city for immigrants and other issues affecting the Latino community, which the majority are of Mexican decent in population.


Radio Latina 5.0 interview with Raúl Ventura Ortiz by Diana Serna at: http://goo.gl/8lVNBT


In other elections, four Hispanics  are running for a four-year term in the Waukegan Community School Board District 60:

• Margaret Carrasco

• Porfirio Garcia

• Michael Rodriguez

• Victoria Torres


Stats:

According to the U.S. Census in 2010

Waukegan had a total population of 89,078, 100%

• Hispanic population was 47,612, which made 53.45% of the population

• Mexican descent at 38,636 or 43.4%

• Puerto Rican descent at 2,918 or 3.3%

• Cuban descent at 136 or 0.2%

• Hispanic registered voters were 11,675 or 35.18%

In 2000, the U.S. Census reported:

Waukegan had a total population of 87, 901, 100%

• Hispanic population at 39, 396 or 44.82%

• Mexican descent at 30,717 or 34.94%

• Puerto Rican descent at 2,976 or 3.39%

• Cuban descent at 103 or 0.12%



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Patricia Orellana, A Long Time UMOS Employee And Community Activist Passed Away

RIP Patricia Orellana (Pat Navar)

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 19, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Patricia Orellana also known as Pat Navar has passed away surrounded by friends and family. Orellana worked for the United Migrant Opportunities Services (UMOS) and recently retired. She was also among the 500 community educational activists who took over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapman Hall (Chancellor's office) on August 27, 1970 in the struggle to bring down a discriminatory policy that kept Latino students from enrolling at the university. Only 13 Hispanic students were enrolled at UW-Milwaukee compare to 25,000 White students in 1970. After weeks of protests, the UWM chancellor agreed to create the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute, which today is known as the Roberto Hernandez Center.
Orellana along with hundreds of Latinos and allies participated in the 79.4 mile march from Milwaukee to Madison to fight for migrant rights including the enforcement of migrant laws that were previously passed in Wisconsin. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ICE Immigration Judge Decides To Deport Army Veteran Miguel Pérez Jr., But An Appeal Filed

An immigration judge decided to deport Army Veteran.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 18, 2017

Chicago, Illinois - Robin Rosche, an immigration judge decided that Miguel Pérez Jr., 38, a decorated U.S. Army Veteran with a green card should be deported after serving a prison sentence for a felony drug conviction. Pérez's attorney filed an appeal on Judge Rosche's decision and the Veteran will remain in custody on the appeal is exhausted. A press conference is scheduled for Sunday by his relatives concerning the recent decision to deport Peréz.
Pérez had served two tours in Afghanistan. He returned from war with severe PTSD and a serious brain injury and began to self medicate with drugs and was convicted of a non-violent drug offense.
Pérez had filed a request for relief to remain in the U.S. under the United Nations Convention against torture, which is a form of asylum.
Pérez told Judge Rosche during a hearing that he would be targeted for recruitment by drug cartels for his military experience and his life would be in danger, if he failed to join a criminal organization. The U.S. prosecutors argued that Pérez doesn't qualify for the asylum, but that he violated the law, was convicted and should be deported, despite his honorable military service.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Undocumented Immigrants As Stakeholders Contribute To The U.S. Economic Stability Of The Nation

Contrary to unfounded popular belief by White nationalists, neo-Nazis movements and President Trump, non-criminal undocumented immigrants are stakeholders in assuring that our nation remains economically stable as well.  

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 11, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Since 2006, Latino immigrant rights organizations, religious groups, elected (local, county, state and federal) public officials, labor syndicates, activists and allies have engaged in marches, rallies, strikes, consumer boycotts, civil disobedience, school walkouts, getting the vote out and closing Latino businesses as part of a "Day without Latinos", which recently expanded to include immigrants and refugees to seek immigration reform or have protested against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and the 287(g) ICE Program, which allows local, county and state law enforcement officers to enforce immigration laws that resulted in the separation of families. The issue today, we continue to think like we don't exist, we should begin to include ourselves as stakeholders in the U.S., like "A Day with Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees".
It has been more than 10 years of constant action to no avail for immigration reform, but has successfully created a network of activism, uniting people of color and awareness nationally that it's time to fix and reform the broken immigration system. For the most part, engaging in mass deportations of millions of non-criminal undocumented immigrants is not the economic feasible action for President Donald J. Trump to take simply because it is costing billions today, it would be cheaper and wiser to fix the broken immigration system. 
Don't despair, there's a light (Luz) guiding us to understand that undocumented immigrants have become stakeholders in the U.S. as well and their economic contributions in the billions of dollars as tax payers and consumers continue to do jobs most U.S. citizens won't do today and have filled that void for decades. Actual fact: Any undocumented immigrant who has paid taxes in last ten years as a stakeholder in the U.S., has actually paid more taxes than President Trump himself who has not paid any federal taxes in the last ten years. They have been instrumental in making sure our nation's economic well being remains stable so far, some might argue.
Today, we need to stand strong and stand against those who would like to see our nation fail, we as Latinos and allies in the U.S. need as a united effort to dedicate our resources into local, state and national campaigns to promote the economic contributions by undocumented immigrants, which no doubt as stakeholders have been instrumental in making our nation economically strong.
As community stateholders, we need to organize and participate in helping to make changes by promoting the achievements and contributing factors of undocumented immigrants with a mass wave of publicity in the English speaking mainstream media outlets, social media and other venues.

For example: local immigrant rights groups, including labor syndicates and religious groups, even activists and private businesses can become partners by working to create and invest in 30 to 60 second videos and TV network spots (positive advertising) in English to promote the contributions of undocumented immigrants in order to help educate and sway favorable public opinion to show the benefits in keeping non-criminal undocumented immigrants in the U.S. by legalizing them as a work force.
Detaining and deporting non-criminal undocumented immigrants creates an economic void, which most U.S. workers are unable to replace them at jobs Americans won't do today.

Statistics:

Each non-criminal undocumented immigrant detained and later removed from a community will create an economic gap of about $25k to $50k in earned income including personal, sales tax, consumption of goods and property tax generated loss annually. Also, it will cost the state and the U.S. government approximately up to $10K or more in deportation costs including holding the undocumented inmate at a local county jail or Private Prison Corporations (PPC), which costs between $130 to $330 per day to hold at a PPC, in addition immigration court costs and flight costs to country of orgin.
Obama during the end of his term attempted to phase out private prisons when contracts expired, but Trump's U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recinded that memo and is promoting to continue to contract with PPCs. According to a 2015 report by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, PPC's earned $3B for holding ICE detainees. An estimated 34,000 of undocumented immigrants are incarcerated daily costing about $159 each to hold.

So, the U.S. economic stability in some urban and rural communities, which depend on undocumented labor including farm and dairy workers are faced with a loss of workers that can't easily be replaced once removed by the Trump's ICE initiative. Does Trump and his administration know that every non-criminal undocumented immigrant removed from the local and the U.S. economic system has a long lasting effect in the areas from which removed?

• In Wisconsin, undocumented immigrants paid $21,7 million in personal income, $6.1 million in property taxes and $66.5 million in sale taxes in 2010 totaling at least $94.4M, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy study.

• Undocumented workers in Texas pay $11.6B annually in taxes, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

• Undocumented immigrants paid $35B within 10 years to the Medicare Trust Fund even when they don't qualify for benefits. (HNNUSA/Hispanic News Network U.S.A.)

• The Social Security Administration reported that in the Earning Suspense File has $1.3T in taxes in earn wages, which most of it was collected from undocumented immigrants.  (The Atlantic)

• In 2014, Stephen Goss, the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration told Vice News that in the last decade, an estimated 11M undocumented immigrants reside in the U.S. and about 7M are unauthorized workers and 3.1M of those worked with fake or expired Social Security numbers and paid automatic payroll taxes to the federal government. In 2010, a $13B annual net contribution was made to the Social Security Trust Fund.
In the last ten years, unauthorized workers have paid an estimated $100B into the trust fund and most of the unauthorized workers will never benefit from their tax contributions later in life, according to Goss.  (HNNUSA/Hispanic News Network U.S.A.)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke Jr. Signs Letter Of Intent To Partnership With ICE 287g To Enforce Federal Immigration Laws

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office could become the first law enforcement entity to partnership with ICE under the 287g Program, which allows deputies to enforcement federal immigration laws.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

March 9, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) announced in their Facebook page that Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. signed a letter of intent to partnership with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the 287g Program, which allows deputies to enforce federal immigration laws throughout the County. Governor Scott Walker (R) would have to approve such county and federal partnership to enforce immigration laws within the state of Wisconsin. Walker hasn't publicly endorse such a partnership, but supports Trump's efforts to enforce immigration laws. Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has reached out to Governor Walker for comment about Sheriff Clarke's intent to join 287g, but he has not returned a response. If Sheriff Clarke gets approved by Governor Walker, other law enforcement agencies throughout the state could follow. 
So far, the Milwaukee Police Department, the City of Racine, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office and a few others have confirmed that they will implement 287g as President Trump would like them to do so in a volunteer basis.
Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant and workers rights organization sponsored on February 13 a mass protest, march and rally against Sheriff Clarke's intent to join the 287g program. Sheriff Clarke had previously confirmed that the "Day without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees" march would not effect his decision to partnership with ICE. If approved by Governor Walker to implement 287g, the MCSO will become the first law enforcement agency to implement 287g in the state.
The MCSO conducts no investigations on homicides, auto thefts and felony crimes other than patrolling county roads and highways to clear roads of accidents and citing speeders. The MCSO also has deputies assigned as bailiffs at the Milwaukee County Courthouse and jail. The FBI statistics indicated that the MCSO deputies only investigated five rape cases between 2012 to 2014.
Implementing the 287g program in any jurisdiction has its drawbacks and anticipated federal lawsuits by immigrant rights groups and the ACLU who have filed lawsuits and proved that such practices under 287g are contributed to illegal profiling, civil rights violation and discrimination by local authorities enforcing immigration laws. 
In most cases, law enforcement agencies who use the 287g program usually profile, discriminate and violate the civil rights of those targeted under the program.
Example: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona under Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in which a federal court found blatant illegal profiling, discrimination and civil rights violations when arresting victims. Arpaio was held in contempt for violations by a federal judge, could also face prison time and Arpaio was ousted from office on November 9, 2016. The new elected Sheriff Paul Penzone in Maricopa County immediately terminated the 287g ICE partnership.
Sheriff Clarke could also face the same consequences for joining the 287g program, if irregularities by the sheriff and deputies occur when suspected undocumented aliens are stopped, processed in the jail or U.S. Citizens of Spanish speaking origin are also illegally detained, but Clarke will now certainly be on the national watch list by immigrant rights organizations and the ACLU as well.
Currently, Wisconsin Republican state legislators John Spiros, Jesse Kremer and Steve Nass seek sponsorship to reintroduce a anti-sanctuary city bill formerly known as Assembly Bill 450. The renewed legislation, if approved by both chambers of the Republican controlled legislature would withhold funding from cities that ignore federal immigration laws and harbor illegal immigrants.
Representative Spiros's proposal would cut state aid from any community with a policy of preventing officials from inquiring about the immigration status of arrestees or those refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. Such communities could lose between $500 and $5,000 of state aid, depending upon its population, for each day of noncompliance.
Last year, AB 450 passed the State Assembly on a vote of 63-35, but the State Senate adjourned without taking any action and the bill eventually expired.
The proposed revived WI sanctuary legislation  LRB-1205/1 – Prohibiting Sanctuary Cities in Wisconsin (Memorandum dateline to co-sponsor bill is March 15, 2017) would only target undocumented aliens who pose a legitimate public safety risk and allows for political entities (statewide Sheriff County jails) to accept ICE detainers (useless administrative ICE requests to detain), even if not legally binding (only a court warrant is valid to detain), according to a federal court ruling.