Monday, November 20, 2017

88 Milwaukee's Headstart And Early Start Programs Employees At Centro Hispano Get Layoff Notices

Head Start and Early Start programs at Centro Hispano will terminate by the end of November due to grant elimination.

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

November 20, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - About 88 employees from the Head Start and Early Start programs at Centro Hispano (The Council for the Spanish Speaking), 614 W. National Ave. In Milwaukee will be permanently layoff by November 30 due to grant funding loss, according to a letter of noticed sent to those affected by Toni Rivera-Joachin, President and CEO of the Centro Hispano. Rivera-Joachin informed the employees affected that the Head Start and Early Start programs will permanently cease to exist due to "unforeseeable termination of our funding available" starting on November 30.
The layoff notices were sent to all non-union employees affected and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on November 13.
According to Centro Hispano in Milwaukee website, the Head Start and Early Start bilingual programs have its administrative offices and a Resource Center at the Dr. Filiberto & Carmen Murguia Campus on S. 36th St. and W. Mitchell Street, and it serves approximately 712 children and their families at six (6) sites in Milwaukee area including the Southside. The federal and state funding including other sources totaled more than $4.6M (2010-2011 funding sources report, no current budget report posted).
Head Start provides child health and nutrition services as well as specialized support to children with special needs. Through the Family Resource Center, family support and training is provided to parents. In collaboration with Parents Plus, Head Start parents may enroll in a program called Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Children (HIPPY) and in the Parents as Teachers program. Both promote school readiness and early literacy through parent education and child development; these services are provided bilingually.

Current Board of Directors of the Centro Hispano Milwaukee

• Julio Maldonado, Chairman
• Aurea Ramirez, Secretary
• Eduardo Herrera-Meir. Treasurer
• Attorney Marisabel Cabrera
• Julia Luna
• Attorney Israel Ramon
• Jesús Santos

• Toni Rivera-Joachin, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sunday, November 19, 2017

HUD Residents In Michigan Pay $500 To Heat One Bedroom Apartments Per Month To Consumers Energy

Information released by a HUD resident in Michigan confirmed that low income residents with HUD pay at least between $400 to $500 in heating bills to Consumers Energy per month.

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

November 19, 2017

Haslet, Michigan - On Thursday, Ernesto R. Rodriguez released a letter exposing the high cost of heating one bedroom apartments under HUD affordable homes by using Consumers Energy. According to Rodriguez, residents of low income HUD funded affordable one bedroom apartments pay between $400 to $500 for heating bills calling "Consumers Energy a danger to HUD residents."
Rodriguez says, that he resides at Grange Acres, a HUD funded subsidy housing in Haslet and pays $500 per month in heating bills for a one bedroom apartment.
Consumers Energy high cost of heating apartments is one reason 5,000 people and children have become homeless in the state. Housing Corp. of Lansing, Michigan should have never allowed for HUD residents to shift utilities payments to Consumers Energy, according to Rodriguez. 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has included the Rodriguez press release posted on his Facebook account exposing the high cost of heating bills that HUD residents in Lansing are endured to pay Consumers Energy as allowed by the Housing Corp.

Friday, November 17, 2017

United Day School In Laredo Notified Parents Of Roaches Found On Food From Emperor Garden Asian Bistro

Parents of United Day School students in Laredo received a letter from the private school that food ordered from Emperor Garden Asian Bistro had roaches in it and was discarded, then replaced by pizza.

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

November 17, 2017

Laredo, Texas - On Thursday, Jessica Rivera, the Head of School at United Day School, 1701 San Isidro Parkway, a private school in Laredo sent out a notice to the parents of students to notify them that lunch food ordered from Emperor Garden Restaurant had been discarded (kept from being served) due to roaches found inside a food container. Rivera explained that students were about to be served a "Japanese luncheon as an extension of their World Fair unit of study" when teachers noticed roaches in one of the food containers from Emperor Garden and the food was immediately replaced with pizza.
Rivera confirmed that the local Health Department was also notified about the roaches on the food and that the students were unaware roaches had been found in the food from Emperor Garden Asian Bistro, 620 W. Calton Road in Laredo. 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) was able to get a copy of Rivera's notice to the parents dated November 16, 2017.

Homeless American Who Lost Memory In Mexico Roaming The Streets In Matamoros

A homeless man who people believe is a U.S. Citizen and can't remember his name or from where he originated has been roaming the streets of Matamoros begging for food.

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

November 17, 2017

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México - An alleged homeless U.S. Citizen has been spotted in Matamoros roaming the streets begging for food and suffers from memory loss, according to a Facebook (FB) posting by David Nostas, which Laura Rodriguez originated the request to have it posted in an attempt to locate and identify family has gone viral in social networks. The unidentified homeless American usually can be located around the Periférico Park in Matamoros.
The unidentified man has been living in the streets of Matamoros for at least six months, according to the FB posting.
If any one has any information of who this person is, please notify authorities at the U.S. Consulate in Matamoras to help identify him.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Private Prisons Alternative Sought By Wisconsin Republican Leadership In The State Assembly

Republicans in control of the Wisconsin State Assembly leaning to having private prisons house and manage the growing Department of Corrections prison population in the state.

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

November 16, 2017

Madison, WI - The Wisconsin Republican controlled State Assembly leadership is contemplating whether to contract private prison corporations as an alternative to house and manage the growing prison inmate population in the state. On August 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WIDOC) released a data report showing that the prison inmate population in the state totaled 23,124 as reported in the Prison Point-in-Time Populations: 2000-2016 data by the Office of the Secretary - Policy and Research Unit with the Division of Adult Institutions. 
The Republican controlled legislature approved $600,000 in the Wisconsin State Budget to create a prison planning task force made up of members from both the State Assembly and Senate legislature to look into alternatives to house and manage the growing prison inmate population, which an option could be to contract a private prison corporation to house inmates. So far, three Assembly Republicans, State Representatives Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh), the Corrections Committee Chairman; Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and David Steffen (R-Green Bay) and no Democrats have been selected for the prison task force panel (PTFP) by State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and two State Senate Republicans, Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Den Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) and one Democrat, LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) were selected by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), also Governor Scott Walker (R) has yet to pick members to the task force panel.
State Representative Steffen who was selected by Rep. Vos to seat on the PTFP is pushing for the state to lease a private prison to replace the Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI), according to the Journal Sentinel. The GBCI has a capacity to hold 1,091 inmates and is a maximum security facility. 
President Trump supports private prisons, which are very lucrative today and hold most of the undocumented inmate population in the U.S. for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE).
Holding undocumented immigrants is a lucrative business for private corporation prisons and in Wisconsin, the State Assembly and State Senate Republicans have proposed SB 275/AB 190 known as the anti-Sanctuary City bills targeting the undocumented population, which would allow law enforcement to ask for legal status and turn over suspected undocumented immigrants to ICE. 
According to a 2015 report by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Private Prison Corporations (PPC's) earned $3B for holding ICE detainees. An estimated 34,000 of undocumented immigrants are incarcerated daily costing about $159 each to hold.
States do pay for most of the costs to hold undocumented detainees from their jurisdictions and the federal government reimburse the states about half.
The L.A. Times reported in 2015, that to hold ICE detainees in a private prison, it costs between $130 to $330 daily (per day) compared to being place under electronic monitoring bracelet for low risk detainees, which cost $5.00 daily ($155 per month). Electronic bracelet monitoring in some states is also done by BI Inc., a subsidiary of the second largest PPC in the country.
In Wisconsin, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office generated at least $6M in revenue in the lucrative business to hold ICE detainees. The Kenosha County jail holds 1,000 inmates.
The Dodge County Sheriff's Office in WI also profits from holding ICE detainees for at least a week before they are transported back to the Chicago ICE detention facility for deportion.
In 2012, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. confirm that the County jail has been in an agreement for the last five years with the feds to hold illegal immigrants under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program and the County was reinburse about $135,000 in 2009. In 2008, the county received at least $60,000 under the program, according to Sheriff Clarke Jr.
On Tuesday, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office confirmed that their application to join the 287g Memorandum of Agreement program in partnership with ICE to process undocumented immigrants at the County jail was approved and is awaiting final approval by the ICE director and Governor Walker. If the PTFP approves to contract a private prison coporation to house state WIDOC inmates in Green Bay, will it also open the door to house undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin? Time will tell.


Stats on WIDOC inmate population:

Totaled WIDOC prison population is 23,124

Prison Population by Gender as of 12/31/2016

• Male - 21,665, 93.7%
• Female - 1,459, 6.3%

Prison Population by Race

• White - 12,357, 53.4%
• Black - 9,604, 41.5%
• American Indian/Alaska Native - 895, 3.9%
• Asian - 251, 1.1%
• Latino - 2,018, 8.7%

Adult Institutions operating in over capacity: Totaled 12, which three are maximum security and the rest are either minimum or medium security facilities.

Wisconsin Correction Centers running over capacity: Totaled 2, which are minimum security facilities.

Wisconsin Women's Correctional System 

Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center operating inmate capacity is 100, but has 110 inmates (12/31/2016). Minimum Security facility

Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center operating inmate capacity is 408, but has 446 inmates (12/31/2016). Minimum Security facility

Taycheedah Correctional Institution operating inmate capacity is 752, but has 853 inmates (12/31/2016). Maximum Security facility 



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

USDHS-ICE Approved 287g MOA For The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office In Wisconsin

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office and 22 other jurisdictions were approved by DHS-ICE to partnership and join the 287g MOA program, but the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office was denied the MOA application.

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

November 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday,  the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved the 287g Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) and 22 other jurisdictions around the nation, but denied former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's MOA application. President Trump could very well decide to approve such MOA agreement with the MCSO. Under the 287g MOA, selected trained deputies can enforce federal immigration laws and ask for legal status when processing County inmates under the supervision of ICE.
Eric Severson, the Waukesha County Sheriff released the following statement, "Today the Program Advisory Board at the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Headquarters, recommended approval for Waukesha County in obtaining 287(g) authority relative to the jail model. Final approval is currently pending with the director of ICE and is expected to take up to 4 weeks."
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will have to approve the ICE MOA for the WCSO and if approved, it will most likely allow other state County Sheriff Departments to also apply for the 287g program as well.
Although, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has a contract with ICE to hold undocumented immigrants being processed for deportation and it automatically allows County jailers to ask for legal status from those suspected of being the country illegally when processed at the jail for minor or other violations.
In 2012, former Sheriff Clarke Jr. admitted that under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the County was reinburse about $135,000 in 2009 for holding undocumented detainees. In 2008, the county received at least $60,000 under the program, according to Sheriff Clarke Jr.
Under the above agreement, the MCSO has to check the legal status of everyone being processed at the jail that they suspect is an illegal alien and report their results to ICE.
Currently, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office has a $6M contract with ICE to hold undocumented detainees.
In 2012, former Obama suspended the 287g program after it was blatantly abuse by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which deputies were found to illegally profile Latinos as undocumented, were illegally detained and violated the civil rights of those detained under 287g. A lawsuit filed in federal court against Sheriff Arpaio and Arizona's SB 1070 known as "Show Me Your Papers" law resulted in Obama's decision to suspend 287g because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was legal to ask for legal status from those suspected being in the country illegally, but it denied for law enforcement to detain suspected undocumented immigrants for merely not having legal documents in their person, no work authorization, undermine the civil rights of Americans and increased profiling abuse.
The cost to implement the 287g program at a sheriff's department will become the burden of the County and local taxpayers. For example: in February 2017, Ed Gonzalez, the Harris County Sheriff in Texas decided to leave the 287g partnership with ICE because it cost taxpayers $675,000 and spurred racial profiling, according to the Texas Observer.
According to 287g MOA, the cost of the program is the sole responsibility of the law enforcement agency that agrees to partnership with ICE under the MOA understanding.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Lawrence Ingram Charged For The Victor Rogers Homicide In Milwaukee

Ingram killed Rogers for allegedly taking $200 cash.

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

November 13, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - Last Thursday, Lawrence Ingram, 55, was charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide for the homicide of Victor Rogers, 55, on November 5, according to the criminal complaint. A cash bond of $125K was set for Ingram, if convicted, he is facing life in prison.
A tip led police to Rogers body at the 2200 block of S. 5th Street near a bridge. 
Apparently, Lawrence accused Rogers of taking $200 cash and an altercation between both men ended with Rogers murder. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's report confirmed that Rogers suffered a fatal cut in his throat with a knife.