Mayor Tom Barrett Considering To Replace Milwaukee Fire and Police Commissioner Marisabel Cabrera

Fire and Police Commissioner Cabrera targeted by Mayor Barrett to be replaced when two other commissioners have notified the mayor that they are willing to be replaced.

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

June 20, 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Wednesday, a leak from Milwaukee City Hall indicated that Mayor Tom Barrett has targeted current Milwaukee Fire and Police Commissioner Marisabel Cabrera for replacement. According to the information, Barrett will recommend Mariana Rodriguez from the Latina Resource Center to replace Commissioner Cabrera. Cabrera has not released nor confirmed that she is stepping down, but Barrett has the option to nominate Rodriguez to replace one of two other commissioners who are willing to step down.
Barrett is expected to announced his recommendation to replace Cabrera at any time.
Cabrera is credited for exposing the Milwaukee Police Department’s intent to allow police officers to asked for legal status from people they encountered during traffic stops and other instances, but a community outraged led for former Police Chief Edward Flynn and Mayor Barrett to scrap the policy to ask for papers.
Nine members of the Milwaukee Common Council wrote a letter to Mayor Barrett on Wednesday urging for the mayor to reconsider his decision to replace Commissioner Cabrera. The members are Ald. NiK Kovac, Ald. Robert J. Bauman, Ald. Milele A. Coggs, Ald. Khalif J. Rainey, Ald. Robert G. Donovan, Ald. Chantia Lewis, Ald. Michael J. Murphy, Ald. Mark A. Borkowski, Ald. José G. Pérez, Ald. Tony Zielinski and Ald. Russell W. Stamper, ll. They wrote, “We write to ask that you reconsider your decision to replace Ms. Marisabel Cabrera as a member of the Board of the Fire and Police Commissioners…Cabrera has shown herself a strong, independent voice, willing to listen respectfully and make decisions thoughtfully, free of undue influence from any one group or individual…Her leadership was central to the process by which the department reconsidered its ill-advised policies relating to immigrant contact last Summer…By actions of this type, and by her independence, she has earned the trust of those the Commission is expected to serve…we believe that making the decision not to reappoint Ms. Cabrera before her term expires sends a message that you have prioritized personal loyalty over public transparency and accountability.”
Cabrera is currently a candidate for the 9th State Assembly District and is challenging State Representative Josh Zepnick (D-Milw.) in the Partisan Primary Election on August 14, 2018.


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Father’s Day Vigil At The Ursula U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center In McAllen Draws Call To End The Zero Tolerance Practice To Separate Families

Hundreds of people from various cities and states from across the nation gathered outside from the Ursula U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen to call for the end of the Zero Torlerance policy that authorized border patrol and ICE agents to separate children from undocumented parents.

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

June 17, 2018

McAllen, Texas – On Sunday, hundreds of activists, families and allied from the region in South Texas including from other parts of the country converged in McAllen as an organized effort to call for President Donald Trump to end his Zero Tolerance policy that has allowed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Border Patrol agents to separate children from families of undocumented parents. The Ursula U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center at the 3700 block of W. Ursula Ave. in McAllen is one of the multiple centers where children of undocumented parents are processed, held for long periods and then transferred to other facilities as part of a detention process before being deported.
A Congressional delegation by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, of Oregon; Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland; U.S. Representative Peter Welch of Vermont; Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island; Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin; Texas Reps. Vicente Gonzalez including Filemón Bartolomé Vela Jr. who represents the McAllen area also arrived to visit the processing center for undocumented children and spoke against the Zero Tolerance policy as well.
Julian Castro, the former Secretary of Housing of Urban Development under the Obama administration spoke on Sunday in McAllen at the Father’s Day vigil against the separation of families, while in the background, a border patrol bus passed with undocumented children being transported to another holding facility.
During the vigil, George Goehl, the Director of People’s Action said, “This administration has been off the rails since Day 1 but this is a new kind of off the rails. History shows us in situations like this if we do not stand up en masse and say, ‘this is not ok,” it’s hard to get back on track. Our nations’ history is marked by moments where we heeded the call to stand down hatred and racism and there are moments where we didn’t show up. This is a moment when we can and must show up and shut this down. Here’s the thing, Donald Trump can make that happen immediately, this does not require an act of Congress, he can do this today right now on Father’s Day and we demand that he does just that.”
According to the organizers in a press release, “They will call for an end to the Trump administration’s cruel policies of separating parents from their children at the border and traumatizing immigrant families. This effort builds upon recent events on June 1 and June 14 and is part of the ongoing
#FamiliesBelongTogether campaign to stop the separation of families.
During the vigil​, an 11-year-old girl from Florida will share messages of support from children in her community, along with fathers and grandfathers, faith leaders and community members from around the country.
“The family trauma is countless in McAllen: authorities ripped a baby from the arms of her Honduran mother, as she was breastfeeding; 1,500 children are being housed in a former Walmart; and, as reported by Nick Miroff of the Washington Post, Marco Antonio Muñoz, a Honduran father who was separated from his wife and child, committed suicide while in detention. Muñoz fled violence in Honduras.”
Click for actual undocumented children crying and asking for their parents inside a holding facility that were recorded by a consular worker during an interview with Allison Jimena Valencia Madrid, 6, and a border patrol agent in the background can be heard joking that it sounds like an orchestra and a conductor is needed. The recorded cries and pleas by children to see their parents was documented a week ago.
Today, more than 12,000 undocumented children are being held in detention centers around the country, which includes unaccompanied children. The U.N. has condemned Trump for enacting his Zero Tolerance policy and says it’s illegal. Currently, there is no law requiring border patrol processing centers or its agents to separate children from undocumented parents facing criminal charges for crossing into the U.S. or applying for asylum.
The separating of children from undocumented parents by the border patrol is turning into a profit operation for a non-profit that operates a dozen facilities housing undocumented children. After the children are processed at border patrol centers including in McAllen, they are transported to detention facilities operated by the non-profit organization Southwest Key Programs Inc., which will be paid more than $458M in 2018 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to TIME. The TIME reported that, “The nonprofit, Southwest Key Programs Inc., is to be paid more than $458 million in fiscal 2018, according to the data — the most among the organizations, government agencies and companies that run a detention and care system for immigrant children on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. Southwest Key has about a dozen facilities in Texas, including a site at a former WalMart Inc. store in Brownsville that has drawn attention from members of Congress and national news organizations.”
ABCNEWS reported that it cost about $700 to house a child per day in a facility run by Southwest Key.
Dr. Juan Jose Sanchez, the President and CEO of Southwest Key made $1.7M in salary in 2017 (IRS info), doubling his salary from 2016. Southwest Key operates 83 detention centers/shelters/schools around the country and his wife Jennifer Nelson listed as Vice-president in the latest tax filing made $260,000. In the last ten years, Southwest Key has been paid $1.5B under government contracts, CNN reported.
Trump has approved for U.S. military bases to setup concentration (internment) camps that would incarcerate more than 20,000 children from undocumented parents and today, there are 2,500 children that have been separated from their parents. Reports by immigration officials have confirmed that some children have been lost in the process and don’t know where they are, which many detained undocumented children aren’t expected to rejoin their families.
To deport an undocumented immigrant, it costs an estimated $13K each. 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 between $159 to $200 each to hold in a private prison. 
States do pay for most of the costs to hold undocumented detainees from their jurisdictions and the federal government reimburse the states about half.
A national day of action against separating children is planned for June 30 around the country, according to organizers.
The organizing groups included, National Domestic Workers Alliance, United We Dream, ACLU, America’s Voice, People’s Action, Women’s Refugee Commission, Faith in Action, Fuerza del Valle, LUPE (La Unión Del Pueblo Entero), and Neta.

Images released by the Ursula U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center that were taken during the Father’s Day vigil and reporters covering the vigil outside were allowed a tour of the facility.

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U.S. Permanent Resident Waheba Issa Dais From Israel Charged With Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIS

Dais attempted to provide services, personnel, expert advice and assistance to ISIS, by promoting an ISIS’s agenda.

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

June 15, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Waheba Issa Dais, 45, originally of Israel and a U.S. legal permanent resident residing in Cudahy, Wisconsin, was taken into custody by the FBI and charged in a federal criminal complaint. Dais was charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Milwaukee.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Special Agent in Charge Justin Tolomeo of the FBI’s Milwaukee Division provided information and details of the indictment filed against Dais.
According to the criminal complaint, beginning in at least January, Dais attempted to provide services, personnel, expert advice and assistance to ISIS, by promoting ISIS’s agenda, facilitating recruitment and maintaining a virtual library of instructions on how to make bombs, biological weapons, poisons and suicide vests to assist self-proclaimed ISIS members and supporters in their attack planning. Dais used multiple social media accounts that she hacked and took over from unwitting victims and private social media platforms to provide and facilitate her support. Dais used one of her pro-ISIS accounts to encourage an individual, whom she believed to be an ISIS supporter, to conduct an attack in the name of ISIS. She provided detailed instructions on how to make Ricin and then suggested the individual introduce the Ricin to a government post or water reservoirs. In another post, she suggested potential targets for bombing attacks, including street festivals and celebrations in the summer.
Dais appeared before a federal magistrate judge on the charges on June 13, the same day she was arrested.
Dais is facing a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years on a federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00, if convicted. Dais’s U.S. Permanent Resident status will be revoked upon conviction and will be deported after serving her sentence.
This case was investigated by the FBI Milwaukee Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The government’s is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, with assistance from Trial Attorney Jolie F. Zimmerman of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

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Couple Killed In Motorcycle Accident At I-794 & W. Oklahoma Ave. In Milwaukee

The driver of a motorcycle and his female passenger were reported killed when it struck a median GM traffic barrier and post.

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

June 14, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Jason Tiller, 39, and Shameka Calhoun, 38, both from Milwaukee were reported killed in a motorcycle accident just after 10:p.m. on highway I-794 northbound at W. Oklahoma Ave. Tiller who was driving the motorcycle accompanied by Calhoun entered the freeway on Oklahoma Ave. with a group of other motorcycle drivers at a high rate of speed, according to witnesses. Tiller then failed to negotiate a curve south of S. Carferry Drive, lost control and struck and rode the median GM traffic barrier until it struck a post causing for both Tiller and his passenger, Calhoun to be thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle continued upright for 1/10 of a mile and stopped in the upright position.
Good Samaritans stopped to render aid and CPR. One of the victims was to injured to get CPR and the other victim received CPR. Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies arrived and also attempted to apply CPR, but attempts failed. Tiller was pronounced deceased at the scene at 10:12 p.m. by a Milwaukee Fire Department rescue unit and Calhoun was transported to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office where she was pronounced deceased at 10:29 p.m., according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).
The MCSO says that family members of the victims came to the scene, but were escorted to a nearby park.
Milwaukee police officers also assisted with traffic control at Oklahoma Ave. and the freeway was reopened at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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Freshwater For Life Action Coalition Seeks Milwaukee County D.A.’s Office Investigation Into State Law Violations By The City’s Lead Program

A DHS report confirmed that state laws were violated by the City’s Lead Program.

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

June 12, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) in a press release announced that they will meet with District Attorney John Chisholm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at District Attorney John Chisholm’s office to make a formal request for the Public Integrity Unit to investigate violations of state statutes by the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poison Prevention Program (CLPPP).
“The recent release of the State of Wisconsin DHS report clearly states that state laws have been broken. FLAC is formally registering a complaint with District Attorney John Chisholm and is requesting that his Public Integrity Unit initiate an investigation to determine which laws were broken”, said Robert Miranda, FLAC spokesperson.

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Ladell Harrison Charged With The Death Of Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr.

Harrison was charged with multiple drug violations, eluding police and causing the death of Milwaukee Police Officer Irvine Jr.

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

June 12, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, Ladell Harrison, 28, was charged with 11 felony counts and one misdemeanor count for drug charges and causing the death of Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr., 23, on June 7th and injuring Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Schulze, 36. Ladell was charged with the following;

1. Manufacture/Deliver Heroin (<3g), Felony & as a Party to a Crime

2. Manufacture/Deliver Cocaine (>1-5g), Felony & as a Party to a Crime

3. Manufacture/Deliver Cocaine (>1-5g), Felony

4. Manufacture/Deliver Heroin (<3g), Felony

5. Manuf/Deliver Schedule I, II Narcotics, Felony

6. Operator Flee/Elude Officer – Death, Felony

7. Operator Flee/Elude Officer-Bodily Harm or Property Damage, Felony

8. Knowingly Operating While Revoked (Cause Death), Felony

9. Bail Jumping-Misdemeanor A

10. 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Felony

11. 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Felony

12. Attempting to Flee or Elude an Officer, Felony I, and if convicted on all charges, Ladell is facing life in prison. A 750,000 cast bail was set for Ladell. He pleaded not guilty and is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on June 22.

According to the criminal complaint, Ladell, the driver was fleeing in a Sedan from police and believed police would not chase him. Officer Schulze reached 96.3 miles-per-hour driving the police squad and pursuing Ladell who was driving a bit faster when Schulze lost control and crash, which the impact caused the police squad to flip about 20 times ending upside down.
Ladell along with another male and a female were arrested by police shortly after Officers Schulze and Irvine crashed. Irvine died from his injuries and Schulze survived and was released from the hospital.
Ladell told police that he had his 5-year-old son in the vehicle with him when being chased by police and he also had a firearm. Ladell is a convicted felon.
Ladell was under investigation for selling heroin and in connection with an overdosed case in 2017 involving a woman who died, according to the criminal complaint.
In 2017, the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission approved for police officers to pursue drivers fleeing police for nonviolent offenses.

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Undocumented Franco Ferreyra Facing Deportation After Being Charged With Driving Without A License In Waukesha County

Ferreyra was cited for driving without a license after a traffic stop for having a tail out in Waukesha County.

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

June 12, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, undocumented immigrant Franco Ferreyra, 29, originally from Argentina was taken into custody after meeting with an immigration officer. Ferreyra is now being held at the Dodge County jail and is facing deportation without bond or facing an immigration judge. Because in 2001 at the age of 13, he entered the U.S. under a Visa waiver, which only allowed him to visit for 90 days and if he failed to exit the U.S., he would forfeit any bond and an immigration hearing in front of a judge, but would be subject for deportation, according to the Visa waiver conditions.
Ferreyra in 2013 was arrested for driving under the influence and four months ago, he was cited for driving without a license. The latest incident was brought to the focus of ICE after Ferreyra appeared at a Waukesha County court hearing to face the charge for driving without a license, which is a civil forfeiture under Wisconsin state statues.
Ferreyra was stopped by police for having a tail light out and was cited for driving without a license.
Ferreyra went to the U.S. Citzenship and Immigration Services Office (CIS) on Monday with his lawyer when he was taken into custody by ICE. Ferreyra’s immigration attorney, Matthew Luening filed for asylum and a temporary work permit, but both are pending.
During a press conference on Tuesday held by his family in front of the CIS office in Milwaukee, they called for his release. Luening confirmed that Ferreyra was able to get a driver’s license and that he believes Ferreyra is eligible to apply for DACA status. He also said, that ICE went to Ferreyra’s home and his work place looking for him after he appeared in court for driving without a license.
ICE released the following statement about Ferreyra’s immigration case, “Franco Damian Ferreyra, 29, is a citizen of Argentina who overstayed his temporary visit to the United States by more than 16 years.
“On June 11, 2018, deportation officers with U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Ferreyra during a routine check-in at the ICE ERO office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“On Dec. 21, 2001, Ferreryra legally entered the U.S. from Argentina on the Visa Waiver Program, which expired before April 2002.
“Ferreryra was arrested by ICE on Feb. 7, 2018, and ordered removed administratively, pursuant to the terms of his admission under the Visa Waiver Program. He was released on an order of supervision the same day. ICE re-arrested him on June 11, 2018, and he is currently in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.”
Ferreyra has for 4 children.
Voces de la Frontera who sharé the press conference with Ferreyra’s family says, that they have posted an online petition on their Facebook account asking for Ferreyra’s release from ICE custody.

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