Archive for January, 2013
Suspect waived extradition from Tennessee to face a homicide charge in Wisconsin.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 30, 2013
Racine, WI – On Wednesday, Ryan G. King, 45, faced charges for first-degree intentional homicide and a felon possession of a weapon for the January 6, murder of Lucinda White, 44, in Racine. King appeared in court on Wednesday for his initial hearing after being extradited from Tennessee to face charges for murder in Racine.
A judge found probable cause to proceed with two felony charges in the case and set a $500,000 cash bond for King. A preliminary hearing for King was scheduled for February 7.
More than three weeks ago, White was shot several times by King and left on the street to die. She was shot in the arm and head, but died three days later from her wounds.
King, a former boyfriend was taken into custody by police in Millersville, Tennessee after a traffic stop violation, when they discovered he was wanted in Wisconsin in connection with White’s murder.
Police say, King had an injured hand and blood on his clothing. A handgun was recovered from the BMW SUV King was driving, according to police in Millersville.
Lucinda White and Ryan G. King
The Contreras through a tax preparing service allegedly kept more than $11,000 of federal tax refunds from clients, according to a lawsuit filed on behave of 49 Plaintiffs.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 30, 2013
Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, a major civil lawsuit was filed by the law firm of Stupar & Schuster, S.C. on behave of 49 plaintiffs claiming that MC Multiservicios, Inc., 1010 S. César E. Chávez Dr. a southside tax preparing service owned by Jenny and Juan Contreras kept some of their federal tax refunds. The plaintiffs claim in their complaint, that they were short changed between $100 to $680 totalling $11,973 in 2010 of their 2009 tax refunds by the Contreras.
The lawsuit claims, that Jenny and Juan Contreras engaged in theft and “intentionally retained a portion of said tax refunds without the Plaintiff’s consent.” The Contreras filed the Plaintiffs federal tax returns electronically and the IRS refunded an amount that was then deposited in the MC Multiservicios bank account. Then MC Multiservicios made checks in different amounts from their own bank account and gave them to their clients who are now Plaintiffs in the complaint.
The Plaintiffs paid for the tax preparation service and were unaware that the Contreras were keeping a hefty portion of their federal tax refunds without their consent, according to the lawsuit.
In September, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) first reported the MC Multiservicios tax withholding theft claims that were made by the Plaintiffs. The Contreras at that time would not comment about the allegations made by their clients who claimed that a portion of their tax refunds were kept after using the tax service.
In fact, the Contreras took out several full page ads in El Conquistador (issue November 2-8, 2012) and El Mañanero newspaper (issue November 7-20, 2012) accusing HNNUSA, victims, and a local newspaper (El Corre Caminos) of making false claims and were intentionally engaging in defamation against MC Multiservicios. The Contreras failed to mention in the ads why their former clients were accusing them of alleged theft.
Multiple former MC Multiservicios clients filed a complaint in September with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Division.
MC Multiservicios is being represented by Attorney Victor Arellano.
49 Plaintiffs vs. Jenny Contreras, Juan Contreras, MC Multiservicios Inc. (PDF) lawsuit at link: http://bit.ly/XWYv0G
Graph showing federal tax refund amounts withheld by MC Multiservicios, Inc., from former clients (49 Plaintiffs).
Four members of the Kombo Kolombia identified from 17 bodies found in abandon water well.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 29, 2013
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico – Jorge Domene Zambrano, spokesman for the Nuevo León State Security agency confirmed during a press conference that 18 members, including crew from the Kombo Kolombia, a Vallenato style band had been kidnapped on early Friday, then tortured and 17 of them had been executed. Four of the band members were identified so far, they are José Antonio Villarreal, 39, Heimer Iván Cuéllar Pérez of Colombia, José Baudelio Santos López, 38, and Victor Angel Santamaria Cruz, 43. Villarreal was a vocalist in the band and Pérez was a Colombian citizen living in Hildago. The Colombian Consulate has been notified of Pérez’ murder, according to Zambrano.
The bodies of the 17 members of the Kombo Kolombia band were found inside a water well in the (municipality) town of Mina. The well is located at the abandon Las Estacas ranch. Authorities with the help of a helicopter and one of the victims who had escaped were able to find the crime scene.
Authorities say, it was with the aid of one of the members of the band that had escaped before being killed. He escaped and then got a ride from a passerby who dropped him off at a gas station. The surviving member called family members to let them know what had happened. The authorities were called afterwards.
The man told authorities that they were kidnapped by a group of 10 men, then were tortured to try and get information whether they sold drugs or were members of a rival criminal organization. They transported the kidnap victims in various vehicles.
When they arrived in Mina, the suspects took three members at a time and made them get on their knees and then shot them in the head. Their bodies were dumped in a well.
The bodies were wearing the Kombo Kolombia style logo and clothing.
On Thursday, the band members performed at La Carreta bar for a private party in the municipality of Hidalgo where most reside. At about 3:00 a.m. on Friday, a group of 10 armed men invaded the bar and kidnapped the band members.
They were reported missing after the performance when relatives couldn’t reach them or get an answer on their cell phones.
Authorities found most of their vehicles at the bar. A truck from Nuevo Laredo was confiscated at the crime scene in Mina by authorities believed to have been used to transport the victims to the abandon water well.
Family of the band members were able to identify some of the victims. Forensic examination of the bodies continues to determine the identity of the rest of the victims.
This is the second largest crime scene found in the state of Nuevo León, since 20 bodies of bus travelers were discovered in a mass grave several years ago.
Update: Nuevo León authorities released the names of the Kombo Kolombia Vallenato style band whose bodies have been identified. Their bodies were recovered from an abandon well in the town of Mina.
• José Antonio Villarreal Villarreal, 39;
• Heiner Iván Cuéllar Pérez, 24;
• Víctor Ángel Santamaría Cruz, 43;
• José Baudelio Santos López, 38;
• Javier Flores Valerio, 29;
• Edgar Dimas Montes, 31;
• Francisco Javier Alfaro Hernández;
• Saúl Reynoso Sáenz, 30;
• Reyes Alejandro Mendoza Rodríguez, 25;
• Mario Alberto Beltrán Ortega, 24;
• Juan Ignacio Herrera Ortiz, 42;
• Juan Tomás Carrizales Rodríguez;
• Ricardo Alfonso Verduzco Sáenz, 27;
• Carlos Alberto Sánchez Aguirre, 37;
• José Rodríguez Rostro;
• Federico Iván Méndez; and
• José Francisco Jiménez Díaz.
Obama’s immigration reform plan calls for strengthening border security, pathway to citizenship, stiff penalties and enforcement of laws prohibiting employers from hiring illegal workers and to streamline the legal immigration system.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 29, 2013
Las Vegas, Neveda – On Tuesday, President Barack H. Obama introduced his four part plan for immigration reform. Obama spoke in front of mayors, religious leaders, union workers, immigrant rights groups, Latino community organizers and leaders from around the country.
The president’s immigration plan is similar to the bipartisan plan that was unveiled yesterday by U.S. Senators. Obama’s plan also includes; First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks. Fourth, streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
Obama addressed a crowd at the Del Sol High School and told them, “I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix a system that’s been broken for way too long. I’m here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity. Now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future…
“Right now, we have 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; 11 million men and women from all over the world who live their lives in the shadows. Yes, they broke the rules. They crossed the border illegally. Maybe they overstayed their visas. Those are facts. Nobody disputes them. But these 11 million men and women are now here. Many of them have been here for years. And the overwhelming majority of these individuals aren’t looking for any trouble. They’re contributing members of the community. They’re looking out for their families. They’re looking out for their neighbors. They’re woven into the fabric of our lives…
“Now, of course, there will be rigorous debate about many of the details, and every stakeholder should engage in real give and take in the process. But it’s important for us to recognize that the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place. And if Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away…
“First, I believe we need to stay focused on enforcement. That means continuing to strengthen security at our borders. It means cracking down more forcefully on businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers. To be fair, most businesses want to do the right thing, but a lot of them have a hard time figuring out who’s here legally, who’s not. So we need to implement a national system that allows businesses to quickly and accurately verify someone’s employment status. And if they still knowingly hire undocumented workers, then we need to ramp up the penalties.
“Second, we have to deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally. We all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship. But for comprehensive immigration reform to work, it must be clear from the outset that there is a pathway to citizenship.
We’ve got to lay out a path — a process that includes passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English, and then going to the back of the line, behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. That’s only fair, right?
So that means it won’t be a quick process but it will be a fair process. And it will lift these individuals out of the shadows and give them a chance to earn their way to a green card and eventually to citizenship.
“And the third principle is we’ve got to bring our legal immigration system into the 21st century because it no longer reflects the realities of our time. For example, if you are a citizen, you shouldn’t have to wait years before your family is able to join you in America. You shouldn’t have to wait years.
If you’re a foreign student who wants to pursue a career in science or technology, or a foreign entrepreneur who wants to start a business with the backing of American investors, we should help you do that here. Because if you succeed, you’ll create American businesses and American jobs. You’ll help us grow our economy. You’ll help us strengthen our middle class.
“So that’s what comprehensive immigration reform looks like: smarter enforcement; a pathway to earned citizenship; improvements in the legal immigration system so that we continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest all around the world. It’s pretty straightforward,” Obama said.
Plan calls for improved border security, green cards for those with degrees, would allow workers with visas into the country, create employment verification and enforcement, including stiff penalties for those who hire illegal workers and create a path to citizenship.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 29, 2013
Washington, D.C. – On Monday, a bispartisan Immigration reform plan was unveiled by U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The immgration plan would improve border security, green cards for those with degrees, would allow workers with visas into the country, create employment verification and enforcement, including stiff penalties for those who hire illegal workers and create a path to citizenship. Senator Schumer said, he is confident that a just immigration bill will pass this year. Senator Rubio estimated that 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. had illegally overstayed their visas and improving border security would be a priority before passing a bipartisan immigration bill, since the 1986 amnesty law failed to secure and close the border. A bipartisan bill has not been drawn yet in the Senate or U.S. House of Representatives to debate the immigration reform issue.
In 1986, former President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act that allowed a path for 3 million non-citizens to become U.S. Citizens. Reagans’s amnesty also focused on border security and enforcement, but it failed to do both and allowed the undocumented population in the U.S. to increase to 12 million.
In the last two years, the undocumented population in the country has decreased due to unemployment, the economy, and deportations that forced many to return voluntarily to their native countries. Last year, less Mexican nationals deemed illegal immigrants were crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, the government (ICE) reported.
The latest path to citizenship plan would require registration with the federal government, pay fines and back taxes, criminal background checks and a mandatory requirement to learn English.
President Barack H. Obama traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday where he is expected to release his plan for immigration reform.
The U.S. Senators bipartisan plan.
We recognize that our immigration system is broken. And while border security has improved significantly over the last two Administrations, we still don’t have a functioning immigration system. This has created a situation where up to 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows. Our legislation acknowledges these realities by finally committing the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system, while creating a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here. We will ensure that this is a successful permanent reform to our immigration system that will not need to be revisited.
Four legislative pillars:
1. Create a tough but fair path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required;
2. Reform our legal immigration system to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the American economy and strengthen American families;
3. Create an effective employment verification system that will prevent identity theft and end the hiring of future unauthorized workers; and,
4. Establish an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our nation’s workforce needs, while simultaneously protecting all workers.
1. Creating a Path to Citizenship for Unauthorized Immigrants Already Here that is Contingent Upon Securing the Border and Combating Visa Overstays
– Our legislation will provide a tough, fair, and practical roadmap to address the status of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that is contingent upon our success in securing our borders and addressing visa overstays.
– To fulfill the basic governmental function of securing our borders, we will continue the increased efforts of the Border Patrol by providing them with the latest technology, infrastructure, and personnel needed to prevent, detect, and apprehend every unauthorized entrant.
– Additionally, our legislation will increase the number of unmanned aerial vehicles and surveillance equipment, improve radio interoperability and increase the number of agents at and between ports of entry. The purpose is to substantially lower the number of successful illegal border crossings while continuing to facilitate commerce.
– We will strengthen prohibitions against racial profiling and inappropriate use of force, enhance the training of border patrol agents, increase oversight, and create a mechanism to ensure a meaningful opportunity for border communities to share input, including critiques.
– Our legislation will require the completion of an entry-exit system that tracks whether all persons entering the United States on temporary visas via airports and seaports have left the country as required by law.
– We recognize that Americans living along the Southwest border are key to recognizing and understanding when the border is truly secure. Our legislation will create a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border to monitor the progress of securing our border and to make a recommendation regarding when the bill’s security measures outlined in the legislation are completed.
– While these security measures are being put into place, we will simultaneously require those who came or remained in the United States without our permission to register with the government. This will include passing a background check and settling their debt to society by paying a fine and back taxes, in order to earn probationary legal status, which will allow them to live and work legally in the United States. Individuals with a serious criminal background or others who pose a threat to our national security will be ineligible for legal status and subject to deportation. Illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes face immediate deportation.
– We will demonstrate our commitment to securing our borders and combating visa overstays by requiring our proposed enforcement measures be complete before any immigrant on probationary status can earn a green card.
– Current restrictions preventing non-immigrants from accessing federal public benefits will also apply to lawful probationary immigrants.
– Once the enforcement measures have been completed, individuals with probationary legal status will be required to go to the back of the line of prospective immigrants, pass an additional background check, pay taxes, learn English and civics, demonstrate a history of work in the United States, and current employment, among other requirements, in order to earn the opportunity to apply for lawful permanent residency. Those individuals who successfully complete these requirements can eventually earn a green card.
– Individuals who are present without lawful status – not including people within the two categories identified below – will only receive a green card after every individual who is already waiting in line for a green card, at the time this legislation is enacted, has received their green card. Our purpose is to ensure that no one who has violated America’s immigration laws will receive preferential treatment as they relate to those individuals who have complied with the law.
– Our legislation also recognizes that the circumstances and the conduct of people without lawful status are not the same, and cannot be addressed identically.
For instance, individuals who entered the United States as minor children did not knowingly choose to violate any immigration laws. Consequently, under our proposal these individuals will not face the same requirements as other individuals in order to earn a path to citizenship.
Similarly, individuals who have been working without legal status in the United States agricultural industry have been performing very important and difficult work to maintain America’s food supply while earning subsistence wages. Due to the utmost importance in our nation maintaining the safety of its food supply, agricultural workers who commit to the long term stability of our nation’s agricultural industries will be treated differently than the rest of the undocumented population because of the role they play in ensuring that Americans have safe and secure agricultural products to sell and consume. These individuals will earn a path to citizenship through a different process under our new agricultural worker program.
2. Improving our Legal Immigration System and Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest
– The development of a rational legal immigration system is essential to ensuring America’s future economic prosperity. Our failure to act is perpetuating a broken system which sadly discourages the world’s best and brightest citizens from coming to the United States and remaining in our country to contribute to our economy. This failure makes a legal path to entry in the United States insurmountably difficult for well-meaning immigrants. This unarguably discourages innovation and economic growth. It has also created substantial visa backlogs which force families to live apart, which incentivizes illegal immigration.
– Our new immigration system must be more focused on recognizing the important characteristics which will help build the American economy and strengthen American families. Additionally, we must reduce backlogs in the family and employment visa categories so that future immigrants view our future legal immigration system as the exclusive means for entry into the United States.
– The United States must do a better job of attracting and keeping the world’s best and brightest. As such, our immigration proposal will award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or Master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math from an American university. It makes no sense to educate the world’s future innovators and entrepreneurs only to ultimately force them to leave our country at the moment they are most able to contribute to our economy.
3. Strong Employment Verification
– We recognize that undocumented immigrants come to the United States almost exclusively for jobs. As such, dramatically reducing future illegal immigration can only be achieved by developing a tough, fair, effective and mandatory employment verification system. An employment verification system must hold employers accountable for knowingly hiring undocumented workers and make it more difficult for unauthorized immigrants to falsify documents to obtain employment. Employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers must face stiff fines and criminal penalties for egregious offenses.
– We believe the federal government must provide U.S. employers with a fast and reliable method to confirm whether new hires are legally authorized to work in the United States. This is essential to ensure the effective enforcement of immigration laws.
– Our proposal will create an effective employment verification system which prevents identity theft and ends the hiring of future unauthorized workers. We believe requiring prospective workers to demonstrate both legal status and identity, through non-forgeable electronic means prior to obtaining employment, is essential to an employee verification system; and,
– The employee verification system in our proposal will be crafted with procedural safeguards to protect American workers, prevent identity theft, and provide due process protections.
4. Admitting New Workers and Protecting Workers’ Rights
– The overwhelming majority of the 327,000 illegal entrants apprehended by CBP in FY2011 were seeking employment in the United States. We recognize that to prevent future waves of illegal immigration a humane and effective system needs to be created for these immigrant workers to enter the country and find employment without seeking the aid of human traffickers or drug cartels.
– Our proposal will provide businesses with the ability to hire lower-skilled workers in a timely manner when Americans are unavailable or unwilling to fill those jobs.
Our legislation would:
– Allow employers to hire immigrants if it can be demonstrated that they were unsuccessful in recruiting an American to fill an open position and the hiring of an immigrant will not displace American workers;
– Create a workable program to meet the needs of America’s agricultural industry, including dairy to find agricultural workers when American workers are not available to fill open positions;
– Allow more lower-skilled immigrants to come here when our economy is creating jobs, and fewer when our economy is not creating jobs;
– Protect workers by ensuring strong labor protections; and,
– Permit workers who have succeeded in the workplace and contributed to their communities over many years to earn green cards.
Mexican nationals from Jalisco can now get legal documents from their state in Milwaukee.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 29, 2013
Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation (WHSF) who operates the annual Mexican Fiesta has announced that it opened a Casa Jalisco on Friday in partnership with the state of Jalisco, Mexico in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Chicago.
At Casa Jalisco, Mexican nationals from the state of Jalisco will now be able to get legal documents like marriage licenses, identification documents, birth certificates, other documents and online educational programs from their home state like the Mexican Consulate provides. It will now save time and avoid a trip to Chicago for their documents.
The Casa Jalisco in Milwaukee is the third of its kind in the U.S. Two other states, Illinois and California also have opened a Casa Jalisco and provide similar services, according to WHSF.
It will provide legal document services to Jalisco citizens only at the WHSF home, where Mexican Fiesta has its office, located at 2997 S. 20th St. in Milwaukee.
Broughton is the second suspect to be convicted and sentenced for last year’s deadly hit-and-run thst killed Ortiz.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 28, 2013
Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, Sherman Broughton, 23, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison, but will actually do 30 months (2 1/2 years) in prison and three years probation for one felony count of hit-and-run resulting in death. Broughton was convicted for the September 1, 2012 death of Javier Ortiz, 27. He was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $6,262 to the Ortiz’ family. Broughton was driving the 1992 tan Cadillac Seville that Ortiz rear crashed into when he lost control of his motorcyle while speeding to avoid hitting the Cadillac when it failed to stop at a corner.Broughton was the second suspect convicted in the Ortiz’ hit-and-run case. In October, Reina Rivera, 24, who is Broughton’s girlfriend was convicted sentenced to one year in prison, but was suspended and given one year probation for one felony count of harboring or aiding a felon. She pled no contest in the case under a plead agreement.
In early September, Ortiz was heading eastbound at the 1900 block of W. Mitchell Street when Broughton going southbound on S. Pearl Street crossed Mitchell blocking Ortiz’ right of way, according to the criminal complaint. Ortiz tried to slow down quickly to avoid a collision with the 1992 tan Cadillac Seville that Broughton was driving. Ortiz applied the brakes hard causing his 2008 Kawasaki ZX600P sports motorcycle to flip over throwing Ortiz into the rear right bumper of the Seville. Ortiz died of blunt force trauma he sustained at the scene.
Broughton driving the Seville then sped southbound on Pearl St. according to video footage recovered by police near the deadly motorcycle crash.
Reina who owned the vehicle helped Broughton hide the Seville at a northside friend’s garage. A tip to police led to Broughton’s arrest.
Sherman Broughton, Reina Rivera and Javier Ortiz