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Feds And State Officials Allowing Illegal Dumpings In Foreign Countries Of Disabled Undocumented Patients By U.S. Hospitals

Editorial:

A New Year approaches as the feds and state officials continue to over look hospitals and their executive medical boards that decide to dump disabled patients in other countries without legal consent.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 31, 2010

Chicago, Illinois – On December 21, the executive board of the Advocate Christ Medical Center (ACMC) in Oak Lawn near Chicago decided to forcibily remove Quelino Jimenez Ojeda, 23, from the hospital care after five months of treatment for a spinal cord injury. Ojeda was taken out of the hospital by a private company hired by ACMC and put on a plane to Mexico, so ACMC could finally stop paying for his medical treatment. Ojeda became a quadriplegic as a result of a work related injuring. He was admitted to ACMC in August and on December 21, Ojeda was repatriated (deported) to Mexico because he was undocumented and happened to be admitted to ACMC.
The deportation was not done by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or any other federal agency, but a mere hospital group of people in the executive board of the ACMC.
Their reasoning, Ojeda’s mother approved the removal, but now it was learned that she never authorized such removal. His former guardian and lawyer weren’t even notified of Ojeda’s departure.
So far, no federal or state investigation has been launched to see if ACMC and the private company they hired to removed him violated any federal laws and Ojeda’s rights as a disabled person. Sure there was an expense to treat Ojeda, but what ever the cost ACMC could have right it off at the end of the year as a business donation, contribution, or expense in claiming tax deductions, if run as a private business. Even, if they were non-profit ACMC could have claimed it and sought grants and corporate contributions or placed Ojeda at an affordable care service provider where he could continue to get care at a lower cost.
Nevertheless, they took it upon themselves and deported Ojeda to a remote area in Oaxaca, Mexico where there is a less efficient hospital to provide him with an artificial respirator to keep him alive.
ACMC and the private firm that they hired and all those responsible who conspired to repatriate Ojeda should all be charged with federal felonies for kidnapping, civil rights violation, discrimination against disable patients, transporting an unwilling disable person to another country and dumping in a foreign soil among other would be charges.
It’s about time the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department Homeland Security, U.S. Congress and President Barack H. Obama step up to the plate to enforce disabilities laws, transporting unwilling disabled patients to a foreign country and protect the disable patients whether legal or illegally in the U.S.
By ACMC decision to deport Ojeda back to Mexico in order to save costs, they have sentenced him to possible death without committing a capital offense.
In the 1940‘s, Adolf Hitler in Germany had a master plan for disabled people, by putting them in consentration camps and then gasing them as part of the final solution. It’s a long shot from what Hitler adopted to compare the final solution with what is actually happening today to defenseless and disabled patients in U.S. hospitals.
Someone has to care and expose the issue nationally to ensure equal protection of the law to all the disabled patients and human beings in our mists. They’re equally protected under the U.S. Constitution and disabilities laws that were created to protect people with disabilities. Then, why aren’t they being enforced?, are lawsuits the only venue to get remedy? Why haven’t hospitals paid the ultimate price by losing their licenses to operate for violating the rights of the disabled? It’s time for the feds and state officials to charge those with criminal offenses who commit such violations against the disable patients.
However, ACMC did what some people (Chicago Latino community supporters for Ojeda) are alleging and calling an illegal act by deporting a defenseless disabled patient who was costing them profits in medical treatment.
There has been other cases as well of disabled patients being repatriated to foreign countries. One case in particular was Luis Alberto Jimenez, then 31, in Florida who became a quadriplegic with severe brain damage in a 2000 traffic accident. He was then deported on July 10, 2003 by the Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart to Guatemala. The hospital executive medical board argued that they had paid more than $1 million to treat Jimenez for three years, who was an undocumented patient. They decided to repatriate him to Guatemala for his own good by spending more than $30,000 to transport him in a chartered private jet.
In a lawsuit brought by his cousin Montejo Gasper, a jury found that the hospital had done the right thing to deport Jimenez back to his country. On appeal in 2009, the Florida state appeals judge overturned the case and ruled that state judges don’t have the power to decide immigration cases and that Jimenez shouldn’t have been sent back to Guatemala by Martin Memorial Medical Center. A tragic case.
U.S disabled patients throughout the country are facing the same treatment, discrimination and dumpings by hospitals trying to save their own profits and annual raises for capping costs. News reports from 2006 to date have exposed such illegal dumpings of U.S. Citizens by hospitals in Los Angeles, California, New York, and in other states whose executive medical boards decided to discharge and dump the elderly, disabled and homeless patients who lack insurance into skid row areas, streets and homeless shelters not equiped to handle such patients in order to cut costs.
This type of cases will follow in the New Year 2011, if Americans, the feds and President Obama just seat back and continue to let it happen.

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Governor Elect Scott Walker Selects Perez, A Hispanic Labor Economist To Lead Wisconsin DWD In January

Walker names Manuel Perez as Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Perez will become the first Hispanic in Wisconsin’s history to lead DWD in January.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 30, 2010

Madison – On Thursday, Governor-elect Scott Walker (R) named Manuel “Manny” Perez, former President and Co-owner of JNA Staffing as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) replacing DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman in January. Perez in Walker’s Cabinet position will be in charge of seven divisions in the DWD, including the unemployment and compensation division.
Perez originally from Venezuela is well known as a labor economist and is currently the Chair of the Wisconsin Hispanic Republican National Assembly and the Secretary for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.
The DWD website provided the following information, the Department’s primary responsibilities include providing job services training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.
Under the DWD umbrella, a wide variety of employment programs can be found which range from securing jobs for the disabled, and assisting former welfare recipients as they make a transition into work. Promoting employment in the state through Wisconsin Job Centers, linking youth with jobs of tomorrow, protecting and enforcing worker’s rights, processing jobs of tomorrow, protecting and enforcing worker’s rights, unemployment claims and ensuring workers compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law, according to DWD’s website.

Click here for Manny’s Perez bio and pic from WI DWD posted recently.

Perez brief bio:

14 years of experience in the staffing and HR industry

Expert in security and compliance

Doctoral Studies in Labor Economics Economic Development, UW-Madison

Former North America Product Manager for Manpower U.S.A., Managed Services Staffing for the largest staffing corporation in the U.S.

Expert in the design of advanced staffing solutions that generate savings.

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Protest At Advocate Christ Medical Center In Illinois For Illegally Deporting Quadriplegic Undocumented Immigrant To Mexico

In January, a lawyer will file a lawsuit asking for an unspecified amount of compensation against hospital for deporting his client.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 29, 2010

Oak Lawn, Illinois – On Wednesday afternoon, numerous members and several organizations from the Hispanic community protested in front of the Advocate Christ Medical Center (ACMC), 4440 W. 95th Street in Oak Lawn near Chicago for illegally deporting a quadriplegic undocumented patient back to Mexico. ACMC’s repatriation of a patient to eliminate further incurring medical costs is being condemn by members of the Mexican community in Chicago.
The protest included a vigil, which protesters claim that Quelino Jimenez Ojeda, 23, was illegally repatriated (deported) by the hospital in violation of international laws and without the Mexican goverment’s legal authorization. Ojeda is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico and in August had been working for an Atlanta based roofing company in the Chicago area when he was injured. He apparently fell from a ladder damaging his spinal cord and became a quadriplegic requiring the use of an artificial respirator to keep him alive.
He was admitted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in August and on December 22, the ACMC hospital medical executive board decided to repatriate Ojeda without his consent and without informing his family or the Mexican Consulate in Chicago about the drastic measure. On December 16, Ojeda informed hospital staff that he was refusing to be discharged by an attempt to deport him back to Mexico, where his medical needs won’t be provided to survive his condition.
On December 22, Reinaldo Cruz Garcia, the legal guardian for Ojeda and two friends went to visit him at the hospital, but Ojeda was no where to be found. They went to get information from Adam Weber, a social worker at ACMC who neglected to provide them with any information about Ojeda and called security to remove Garcia and two other people from the hospital for inquiring about the whereabouts of Ojeda. Although, they were able to see Ojeda being transported out of the hospital, according to a press release.
The ACMC hospital officials committed an illegal act of “Dumping,” said Chicago Attorney James Geraghty in an interview with the Efe news agency in Mexico. Geraghty was hired to represent Ojeda by the Mexican Consulate in Chicago.
In the Efe article Geraghty said, a colleague at the ACMC couldn’t confirm who decided for Ojeda to be repatriated without his consent as a result of not having the money to pay for medical costs. No information was provided by Geraghty, if the roofing company had provided insurance for Ojeda.
Joanna Navarrete, Consul for Protection at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago told Efe that two vice presidents at the ACMC had said they didn’t have to comment or give any information concerning Ojeda to the Mexican Consulate. Navarrate is credited for getting Geraghty who provides legal seminers at the consulate to represent Ojeda.
Geraghty confirmed that in January he will file a lawsuit against ACMC asking for an unspecified compensation for the removal of  Ojeda, in behave of Ojeda and his family. He said, Ojeda was taken to a hospital in Mexico where they can’t provide an artificial respirator for Ojeda to be kept alive, according to Efe.
In a press released issued by the vigil group protesting ACMC’s decision to repatriate Ojeda, Horacio Esparza Executive Director of Progress Center For Independent Living, which advocates for people with disabilities stated, ”Christ Hospital repatriated this patient back to rural Mexico where he will be unable to receive proper medical care for his condition. The hospital acted with out any humanity and violated all medical ethics to save lives.”
Jesus Vargas of the March 10th Coalition said, ”We will pray for the respect and dignity of are immigrant brothers that suffer accidents that leave them crippled for life.”
Marlene Cruz a 20 year old Hispanic American whose family helped with the care of Quelino stated, “I use to think that Christ hospital was a good place– but now after what they have done to Quelino– I feel outraged that this hospital would do something to a person just for not having papers.”
Julie Contreras, LULAC National Immigrant Affairs Commission stated, ”While the President, Senate and Congress of this nation allow the immigration laws to remain broken—human beings who come to this country to work hard for a better life become disposable waste for Corporations like Advocate Health & Hospitals.”

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Reward Offered And Suspect Sketch Released In Escobedo Ortiz Homicide In Chihuahua Mexico

Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office offers $200,000 pesos for information leading to the arrest of suspect in connection with Marisela Escobedo Ortiz homicide.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 29, 2010

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico – This week, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office (PGR) released the sketch of the alleged 30-year-old suspect who shot Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, 52, several times including a fatal shot to the head. The PGR has offered $200,000 pesos ($16,000 U.S.) for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. The suspect is believed to have been working with Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegro, 24, the alleged boyfriend and confessed killer of Ortiz’ daughter Rubi Marisol Frayre Escobedo, 16, from Ciudad Juarez. 
Last week, the Cartel de Sinaloa joined Interpol, both the Mexican military and Federal Police in their search for fugitive Bocanegra. Bocanegra is accused of taking part in the planned killing of Ortiz on December 16 and the September 2008 murder of Rubi Marisol. He had confessed to killing Rubi Marisol and even led police to a hog farm where her dismembered body was found.
Mexican authorities are offering $500,000 pesos ($41,000 U.S.) for information leading to the arrest of Bocanegra and his accomplice. They issued an international warrant because Bocanegra could have left the country and Interpol joined the search.
Bocanegra is an alleged member of Los Zetas and now the Cartel de Sinaloa has also joined in the manhunt for Bocanegra, according to several hand written poster size signs discovered around Ciudad Juarez and the Chihuahua Capitol city.
Ortiz had struggled for two years to bring Bocanegra to justice for the murder of her daughter Rubi Marisol in 2008. The day Ortiz was killed, she was outside the Chihuahua state government building in the city of Chihuahua for nine days staging a protest and demanding justice from Governor César Duarte and the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office.

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Wanted poster: Left, sketch of alleged killer and right, Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra (Chihuahua PGR)

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Time To Turn Off FoxNews?, For utterly Using Racist Term ‘Anchor Baby’ In Posted Article By Associated Press

Editorial:

FoxNews owner financially supported through campaign contributions (one million) the Republicans (GOP) and now is using a racist label “Anchor Baby” in a current article ” ‘Anchor Baby’ Constitutional Amendment to Face Scrutiny in Congress” Published on Dec. 26, by the Associated Press to target U.S. Citizens born to undocumented Immigrants.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 27, 2010

New York, New York – On Sunday, Fox News dot com posted what utterly projects their editorial department staff and management as racists for allowing and adopting the racially motivated term “Anchor Baby” used by extreme conservative Republicans and anti-immigrants groups to smear U.S. Citizen children born to undocumented immigrants. FoxNews posted ” ‘Anchor Baby’ Constitutional Amendment to Face Scrutiny in Congress” Published on December 26, by the Associated Press targeting U.S. Citizen children from undocumented immigrants.
FoxNews parent company who owns it, News Corp. and owner Rupert Murdock seem to welcome such racially motivated terms to target a segment of the U.S. Hispanic population. To other U.S. Citizens in the nation, Associated Press, FoxNews and Murdock have step up in the ladder to bigotry contradicting their own news slogan “Fair and Balance.”
It’s a shame for the Associated Press, FoxNews and its entire staff and management to adopt such terms as news worthy when in fact they know, it helps create further racial disparity in America. Especially, when Latinos have been growing in population and expected to reach $1.3 trillion in spending economic power by 2013.
How much longer will Latinos take the constant humiliation and racially charged terms by the Associated Press and FoxNews, before they start taking a stand? U.S. Hispanics have as much right to live in America, because they helped built it, economically, politically and fought along other Americans in numerous wars for democracy and freedom. How quick racist American forgets the endeavers Latinos have contributed to this great nation that elected the first African-American President Barack H. Obama.
Shame on you again Associated Press and FoxNews, America is reading your racially motivated terms to create disparity among Americans. Associated Press and FoxNews can call it Freedom of Speech by using ‘Anchor Baby,’ but in fairness U.S. Hispanics call it racially charged and bigotry at its best.

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Man Charged With Repeated Child Sexual Assault Plunged To His Death On Christmas Day At Milwaukee County Jail

Inmate jumps off a Milwaukee County jail Mezzanie to his death while other inmates watched

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 26, 2010

Milwaukee – On Sunday, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office identified an inmate who committed suicide on Christmas day while being held at the Criminal Justice Facility (Milwaukee County jail), at 949 N. 9th St. The inmate was identified as Manuel Matamoros, 44, who was charged last Tuesday with repeated sexual assault of a child.
Matamoros around 7:00 a.m. on Saturday jumped off a Mezzanie inside the County jail to his death while prisoners watched him hit the floor. Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies transported Matamoros to a nearby hospital where he died several hours later.
Matamoros was scheduled to appear before a preliminary hearing on December 30. He was being held on a $10,000 bail, according to the criminal complaint.

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Las Reynas Bakery Breaks Their Previous Longest “Rosca De Tres Reyes” Record In Wisconsin

Last record acknowledged was in 2008 with 245 feet long has turned into a Morales-Villegas family baking tradition in the state.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 26, 2010

Milwaukee – On Sunday, another “Rosca de Tres Reyes” (The Kings Mexican Coffee cake) record breaking was set by the Reynas Bakery on 1238 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. Reynas Bakery provided La Rosca for the Hispanic community and parishioners of St. Adalbert Catholic Church. Alfonso Morales, owner of Las Reynas Bakery confirmed, this year the bakery broke its own record by baking a 255 feet long Rosca, defeating their previous record of 245 feet in 2008. In 2007, they baked a 227 feet Rosca.
The bakery has been operating for the last five years by both Alfonso Morales and Yolanda Villegas family in Milwaukee’s predominately Hispanic district on S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. Buisness District Bid.
The Rosca was provided free of charge to the community by the Morales-Villegas family in appreciation to customers and community for making their bakery a successful business and to promote the traditional family Mexican Rosca in the midwest city during the holiday’s, according to Alfonso.
Alfonso said, the Rosca give away attracted a full house at St. Adalbert Church, 1923 W. Becher St. basement and music was provided by D.J. Catalan Sonido.
Reyna Morales, which the bakery carries its name from said, the community event helps promote the start of the continuous baking of La Rosca for customers to help celebrate the holiday’s. La Rosca is baked by orders or customers could pick up one freshly baked from Reynas Bakery between December 27 to January 12th, Reyna says.
Alfonso has the inspiration to someday get enough sponsors to help provide resources to bake a world record breaking Rosca and provide it at no cost to the Milwaukee community at Miller Park, which has a capacity of 43,000.  
La Rosca is a ring shaped bread with small dolls baked inside which represents baby Jesus. Who ever gets a doll, the person then gets to sponsor a Rosca party.
La Rosca is baked to celebrate the holidays. As a tradition numerous families wait until January 6, the day of the Three Magicians Kings “El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos” to open their holiday and Christmas gifts.

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