Archive for November, 2011

Suicide Of Texas “A” Student DREAMER Blamed On Failure To Pass The DREAM Act And Illegal Status

An 18-year-old senior at Juarez-Lincoln High School student kills self after losing all hope of going to college. School officials say, he never showed signs that would prevent him from succeeding or getting into college.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 30, 2011

Mission, Texas – On Friday, police responded to a shooting at a local residence. They found Joaquin Luna Jr., 18, with an apparent self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound to the head inside the home. Family members told police investigators that Luna put on a suit, kissed them each and then went into the bathroom. Moments later they heard a gunshot.
When Diyra Mendoza, his brother went to check the bathroom. He found Luna unresponsive, dead and noticed a fatal wound to the head. Mendoza told KGBT Action 4 News that Luna was distraught about not being able to go to college because “He didn’t see no other way or no other option” due to his illegal status. 
Luna was one of the several million of young students who would have qualify under the DREAM Act to remain in the U.S. The DREAM Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students who were brought to the U.S. at a young age of 16, and complete at least two years of college or military service. But the act failed to pass Congress in 2010. Mendoza says, letters left behind by Luna indicated that he was very disappointed about the DREAM Act not being approved and his options to remain in the U.S. or pursue a college education, which remained blocked.
On Tuesday, Valley Central dot com reported that Luna was an “A” and “B” student who attended Juarez-Lincoln High School in Mission. Principal Clem Garza told Valley Central dot com, that staff who knew Luna said, he never mentioned the DREAM Act or never showed any signs and feelings that the failure of Congress to pass the DREAM Act would prevent him from succeeding or getting into college. Luna had an essay and an e-mail where he was planning to send an essay to several universities to apply for scholarships and was eager to fulfill his goal of becoming an engineer, according to Garza. Garza holds copies of both the essay and an e-mail from Luna showing his intend to go to college, despite his illegal status.
Luna’s family members continue to stand by their belief that Luna took his life due to his illegal status and that he would be prevented from going into college.
Dr. Alda T. Benavides, Superintendent of La Joy Independent School District in a letter of condolecenses to the Luna family stated, that Luna was a model “A” student and “excelled not only academically, but also stood out as an excellent guitar player.”
In early December of 2010, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report indicated that the approval of the DREAM Act would help cut the federal deficit by $1.4 billion, and generate $2.3 billion in corporate and social insurance taxes within the next ten years. http://bit.ly/fk6B3N
That same year, the DREAM Act was killed in the U.S. Senate because it failed to get the needed 60 votes to prevent a filibuster inorder for the bill to proceed for a Senate vote.
A UCLA study concluded that DREAM Act participants could contribute $1.4 – $3.6 trillion to the U.S. economy during their working lives. College students under the DREAM Act are expected to earn about 60% more than students with only a high school education, according to the White House.
The White House posted 10 Reasons We Need The DREAM Act at Internet link. http://bit.ly/gWFjGy
The Center for American Progress reported that it would cost the federal government more than $48.6 billion to deport 2 million undocumented teenagers (students).

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Feld Entertainment, A Circus Production Company Agrees To Pay $270,000 In Violation Of The Animal Rights Act

Corporation admitted no wrong doing, but agreed to pay penalty and to train all employees who handle animals.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 29, 2011

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that Feld Entertainment, Inc., which operates the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, had reached a settlement agreement and paid a civil penalty of $270,000 for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) dating from June 2007 to August 2011, according to a news release from the USDA. Under the agreement, Feld also did not admit to any wrong doing.
Feld waived the opportunity for a hearing and agreed to develop and implement annual AWA compliance training for all employees who work with and handle animals, including trainers, handlers, attendants and veterinarians starting March 31, 2012. and to establish an AWA compliance position on its staff by February 28, 2012.
All Feld employees who will work with and handle animals must complete the training within 30 days being hired.
The USDA investigation resulted from unannounced inspections and citizen complaints of animal mishandeling by workers at the circus.

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Recall Walker Organizers In Wisconsin Reported 300,000 Petition Signatures Gathered In Just 12 Days

It’s official, recall Governor Scott Walker organizers confirming they have passed halfway mark to force a statewide recall election.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 28, 2011

Milwaukee – On Monday, an e-mail from United Wisconsin reported that 300,000 recall Republican Governor Scott Walker petition signatures have been collected surpassing the halfway mark to force a recall election. “Over 300,000 signatures in 12 days-that is over 1,000 per hour,” United Wisconsin reported. Signatures were collected throughout the 72 counties in the state.
The remarkable outpour of eligible voters in Wisconsin has broken the organizers own record of collecting signatures before the January 17 dateline, despite a suspected Republican operated website Occupy-Madison that falsely reported that all the 540,000 signatures needed for a recall had been collected as of last weekend. The Occupy-Madison Facebook site has been shut down and the state’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) is investigating, if its administrator violated any laws for falsely reporting that all signatures had been collected.
On Saturday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) first reported that recall organizers had collected at least 270,000 signatures or were close to surpassing the halfway mark to recall Governor Walker. Websites and social networks shared and tapped into the breaking news story. The HNNUSA story then spread like wildfire through the Internet. The main stream media finally picked up the news story on Monday, after organizers officially confirmed it had surpassed the halfway mark to force an election.

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Recall Walker Drive Surpassed Halfway Petition Signature Total of 270,000 To Oust Wisconsin Governor

United Wisconsin and the Recall Walker Committee effort to oust Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker projecting that more than 270,000 signatures have been collected, passing the halfway mark.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 26, 2011

Milwaukee – On Saturday, Recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) projections to collect petition signatures have surpassed all expectations to get more than the minimum required signatures per day needed by organizers to meet the 540,000 mark by January 17. After the Black Friday statewide signature petition drive, recall organizers projected that most likely they have surpassed the halfway mark of the 270,000 signatures needed or will reach the halfway target total within days to force an election recall against Governor Walker.
Within the first week of the Walker recall, organizers and volunteers collected at least 105,000 to 107,000 petition signatures within four days of the initial start date (Nov. 15), exceeding all expectations.
The Committee to Recall Scott Walker and United Wisconsin were expected to collect the 9,000 minimum per day for 60 days, but have collected threefold of signatures per day and continue to gather the needed signatures to force a recall election.
The recall effort needs to get the needed 540,000 signatures by January 17. Organizers say, they are working to get at least 650,000 to 700,000 signatures.
On Monday, the Wisconsin Democratic Party will officially announce current and updated signature total for statewide Governor Scott Walker recall.
Early reports indicated and alleged that some Republican supporters were pretending to collect recall signatures for the purpose of destorying them or not turning them in to the state Government Accountability Board (GAB) had surfaced. The Wisconsin GOP has condemned the act and does not support the illegal act. Petition signers are permitted to sign once and can’t sign any other petition for the same recall.
Last week, One Wisconsin Now (OWN), a non-profit organization announced that a $10,000 reward fund has been established to help get information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of a person or persons destroying or defacing petition signatures. The reward is good between, November 22 thru January 14. Under state law, anyone convicted of a felony act for intentionally destroying recall petitions could face up to three years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 or both.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm says, it’s a felony to get recall Governor Walker petition signatures and not turn them in to the GAB. Chisholm says, he will prosecute those who intentionally collect signatures for the purpose of destroying them or not turning them in to keep electors from exercising their right for a recall.
Governor Walker is being recall for eliminating most collective bargaining rights from most state employees. He also cut $800 million from public school funding and repealed in-state tuition for undocumented students attending state universities and colleges.
In addition to recalling Walker, a separate recall petition was also filed online to recall Rebecca Kleefisch, (R) Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor. Another 540,000 valid petition signatures are needed to recall Kleefisch as well.
A Wisconsin poll shows 6 of 10 people in the state favored recall effort to oust Republican Governor Scott Walker. Several polls by Wisconsin Public Radio and St. Norbert with a 5% margin of error indicated that this Fall about 58% favored removal from office compared to last Spring’s 47%; 38% felt Walker should stay in office compared to last Spring’s 48% and not sure was 4% compared to last Spring’s 5%.

To download recall Walker petition go to following link: http://ow.ly/7uvZn

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Milwaukee City Election Commission Unable to Control Campaign Violations Of Posting Before December

Election campaign signs posted before December 1st illegal, according to Milwaukee Election Commission.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 25, 2011

Milwaukee – On Wednesday, after a follow up of an exclusive story about a potential 12th District Aldermanic candidate José G. Pérez who allegedly posted a campaign sign at a local Southside record store before the required date of December 1, has raised concern about committing a city campaign violation. Several Pérez signs were noticed at a local business window at the 400 block of W. National Ave.
Another campaign poster was spotted on Wednesday in the window of La Mexicana Records, at the 1100 block of W. Lincoln Ave. Salvador Jimenez from La Mexicana Records said, that Pérez himself came to the store and asked permission to post the sign. He posted the sign himself about several weeks ago, Jimenez said. Jimenez won’t pulled the sign off the window, but said that Pérez himself needs to pull it.
Neither, Pérez or Susan M. Edman, Executive Director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission could be reached for comment on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, the Election Commission, including the City Attorney’s Office lacks strict enforcement of election campaign rules and the Pérez campaign committee seems to be taking advantage of the laxed election rules in the City of Milwaukee. Other related reports by several people indicated that Pérez might not be the only one violating campaign rules, but that other potential candidates in the near Southside have also began posting prohibited election campaign signs in the area as well.
Last Friday, Edman, from the Election Commission confirmed that candidates running for public office can’t put up or have their campaign signs displayed at private properties or public places before December 1st. Nomination papers will begin circulating on December 1, to gather the required signatures for candidates to get on the ballot for each prospective elected position.
Candidates or people posting an election campaign sign before December would be in violation of election rules.
Several signs for Pérez, were posted last week at the corner of the 1000 block of W. Washington St. Since the story broke out on Hispanic News Network U.S.A., the posters were removed immediately by a unkown person or persons.
Last week, Pérez also could not be reached for comment after several unsuccessful attempts to his campaign phone number.
Edman could not elaborate further or if a penalty was warranted when contacted on November 18, about the Pérez election campaign sign violation other than it was a violation. She said, that she would look into it, since it hasn’t happened in the pass.
When contacted, 12 District Alderman Jim Witkowiak, who is running for re-election said, he won’t put up his campaign signs until Dec. 1st as required by the election commission.
Pérez is the only candidate that has registered his campaign committee to challenge Alderman Witkowiak in the 12th District.


Pérez political sign posted at La Mexicana Records.


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Martinez Wins First Place On ABC’s Dancing With The Stars

Iraq veteran and professional dancer take Mirror Ball Trophy.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 22, 2011

U.S.A. – On Tuesday, J.R. Martinez, an Iraq veteran and his partner Karina Smirnoff, a professional dancer won first place in the 13th ABC season of Dancing with the Stars. They received the Mirror Ball Trophy for their win.
Martinez suffered a major injury while serving in Iraq and was inspired and encouraged by his mother to move forward in life. A national win on a major television network was a hard working accomplishment for Martinez.

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Utah Became Fourth State Sued By USDOJ Over State Immigration Enforcement Law

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Department of Justice continues to sue states defiant of federal enforcement of immigration laws.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 22, 2011

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) announced in a news release, that it had filed a federal lawsuit in Salt Lake City against the state of Utah for passing and trying to implement an immigration enforcement law. USDOJ claims, several provisions of Utah’s H.B. 497 are preempted by federal law. The provisions were enacted on March, 15, 2011.
The department notified Utah state officials of its position that the Utah’s Immigrant Guest Worker statutes, H.B. 116 and H.B. 469, are clearly preempted by federal law. Given that the provisions do not take effect until 2013, and in light of the constructive conversations the department continues to have with Utah officials about these provisions pursuant to the Justice Department’s long-standing policy of exploring resolution short of litigation before filing suit against a state, the department is not challenging these provisions today, according to the release.
Utah became the fourth state to be sued and an injunction is being sought to stop the state from implementing the immigration law.
Three other states, Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina have been also sued and have pending federal cases. The USDOJ have won injunctions to halt implementation of state immigration enforcement laws in all three states.
All of the lawsuits, the USDOJ claims that the state’s immigration enforcement laws are unconstitutional and preempts federal enforcement of immigration laws, solely reserved for the federal government.
“The federal government is the chief enforcer of immigration laws, and while we appreciate cooperation from states, which remains important, it is clearly unconstitutional for a state to set its own immigration policy,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated in a news release. “A patchwork of immigration laws is not the answer.”
The USDOJ is reviewing state immigration bills in Indiana and Georgia for possible lawsuits as well, according to Holder. The USDOJ previously challenged S.B. 1070, H.B. 56, and Act No. 69 on federal pre-emption grounds in Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina. The department continues to review immigration related laws that were passed in Indiana and Georgia. Courts have enjoined key parts of the Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and Indiana state laws and temporarily restrained enforcement of Utah’s law.
House state legislators in Pennsylvania recently passed an immigration enforcement bill. The state will also be targeted for a federal lawsuit, once it approves the the bill.
The suit was filed on behalf of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and State, which share responsibilities in administering federal immigration law. The department will soon request a preliminary injunction to enjoin enforcement of the certain provisions of H.B. 497.

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