Archive for March, 2017

Tony Baez, A Clear Choice For The Milwaukee Public School Board

Baez, if elected to the Milwaukee Public School Board says bilingualism would be a priority, which would include all students to learn and graduate knowing several languages.

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

March 23, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, the Southside Organizing Committee held a debate between Dr. Tony Baez and Jonatan Zuniga who are both running for the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) Board District 6. Baez’s 40-year experience in education and being one of the foremost bilingual program creators for MPS showed that his credentials as a former Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Provost at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and a progressive social consultant on education will make a difference at MPS compared to Zuniga. Zuniga told those attending the debate that he believed that bilingualism was an ideology and would not impose it on all MPS students. In response, Baez confirmed that bilingualism was not an ideology, but a proven program that works and makes students more competitive in the field.
Zuniga focused on understanding how the MPS budget is spent and one of his concerns was how much money is spent on security for MPS, also how students are treated like criminals at highly secured high schools and wants students to work with businesses to prepare them for work skills after they graduate. Baez says, if elected, he will make sure progressive ideas in making MPS better should be implemented to allow students to succeed in education. He also stated, that he is not accepting campaign donations from big corporations and his vote is not for sale.
Baez previously confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) when asked if Hispanic students are being prepared to seek higher education, that today, MPS students are not currently being prepared with college bound courses and are not being encouraged to seek higher education as an option. Baez says, he will work to implement college bound courses to prepare students for college and universities.
Zuniga recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and doesn’t seem to have a clear understanding about the complexity of the MPS educational system. Baez on the other hand, is anot independent Consultant on Bilingualism, Education and Latino Issues and former President and CEO for the Council for the Spanish Speaking (Centro Hispano) who has devoted most of his life in promoting educational change to create opportunities for students and certainly makes him qualified to become a school board member.
The MPS School Board election is on April 4th.

Debate between Dr. Tony Baez and Jonatan Zuniga, video courtesy of Virginio Miranda at: http://goo.gl/HmS22c

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Two Suspects Arrested In Connection With Daniel “Dbo” Baker’s Homicide In Milwaukee’s Southside

36-year-old man died after being shot by suspect, a 28-year-old man who happens to be the boyfriend of the victim’s former girlfriend.

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

March 21, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee police have arrested both Desiree Lee Kerner, 31, and her boyfriend, Les Paul Henderson, 28, in connection with the early March homicide of Daniel “Danny” Lee Baker, 36, aka, “Dbo”. According to police, Henderson shot Baker while Kerner was present. Kerner has not been charged with the homicide, but her parole officer placed a hold on her after it was learned that drugs were involved. She remains in custody for a prior felony conviction.
Henderson was charged with two felony counts for 2nd-degree reckless homicide and for possession of a weapon by a felon. If convicted, Henderson is facing up to 25 years in prison for reckless homicide and up to $100,000 in fines and 10 years in prison for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and up to $25,000 in fines. Henderson is being held on a $10,000 cash bond, but a hold has been placed.
Henderson is expected back in court on April 4, he has pleaded not guilty.
Baker was shot at the 2300 block of S. 9th Street and later died at a local hospital, according to police.
Baker is survived by four children.

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Tres Hermanos Restaurant Owner Identified Three Teen Suspects Who Robbed Customer Items

The owner of Los Tres Hermanos Restaurant has identified three teen suspects who robbed coats and cellphones from customers.

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

March 21, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, Ramon Orozco, the owner of Los Tres Hermanos at the 1300 block of W. Lincoln Ave. posted a photo on Facebook identifying three teen suspects who robbed several coats and cellphones from restaurant customers. Orozco attempted to stop the teens, but they tried to assault him, but Orozco managed to get away.
The photo that Orozco posted was taken from a video surveillance camera at Myra’s Jugos y Frutas at the 1400 block of W. Historic Mitchell Street. The teen suspects were at Myra’s, but no stolen items were reported by the owners.
Orozco posted the photo to warn other business owners in the area about the teen suspects ages between 14 to 16. Police were contacted about the robbery at Tres Hermanos Restaurant.

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Sanctuary City Issue Could Be Instrumental In Electing Waukegan’s Next Mayor

Two mayoral candidates will face each other on the April 4th election and making the City of Waukegan a possible sanctuary city could be a key factor in the election.

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

March 20, 2017
(Updated)

Waukegan, Illinois – On Monday, Raúl Ventura Ortiz, the radio host for Radio Latina 5.0/WPJX 1500 AM and journalist indicated during an interview with Diana Serna that the Latino vote could determine the next mayoral electon in the City of Waukegan. One key issue would be, if Waukegan could become a sanctuary city, but in a recent debate, mayoral candidate Lisa May, a current alderwoman who is running as an Independent admitted that she would not support for Waukegan to become a sanctuary city. Another mayoral candidate, Sam Cunningham, a current alderman as well who is running as a Democrat didn’t make it clear during the debate whether he would support for the city to become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. The population in Waukegan is about 53.45% Hispanic, according to the last U.S. Census and about 9,700 Latinos are registered to vote, but during the last Primary Election not even 8% (776) of Latinos voted in the election, according to Ventura Ortiz.
City aldermen/women could get elected to office with about 200 to 300 votes due to a very low voter turnout, Ventura Ortiz told Serna during the interview. Ventura Ortiz says that May who happens to be White is backed by conservative Republicans and Cunningham who is Afro-American is a Democrat and is most likely to get elected, if progressive Whites, Afro-Americans and Latinos come out and vote for him.
Ventura Ortiz says, that the Latino vote is up for grabs, but doesn’t expect for May to attract the Latino voting block due to her strong stand that she won’t support for Waukegan to become a sanctuary city. May told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that she supports a safe city and will not work with ICE to detain and enforce immigration laws under Trump’s Executive Order for local law enforcement agencies to partnership with ICE’s 287(g), which allows for police officers, county sheriff deputies and state police to enforce federal immigration laws. According to May’s campaign literature says, that she “will fight to defend Waukegan’s DREAMers and their families because they are our community’s future.”
The Latino voters in Waukegan and Latino business owners could have the deciding advantage of who will be the next mayor of Waukegan, if they mobilize the Latino community to get out the vote. If May is elected, Waukegan will become a safe city for immigrants, but if Cunningham gets elected, most likely he won’t support a partnership with ICE to implement the 287(g) program either, since years ago, he did opposed the 287(g) initiative.
Ventura Ortiz has confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that both May and Cunningham have accepted Radio Latina invitation to debate and speak live on the air on Friday, March 24, 2017 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
The candidates will mostly focus on the 287(g) enforcement, sanctuary city status, a proposal to make Waukegan a safe and secure city for immigrants and other issues affecting the Latino community, which the majority are of Mexican decent in population.

Radio Latina 5.0 interview with Raúl Ventura Ortiz by Diana Serna at: http://goo.gl/8lVNBT

In other elections, four Hispanics are running for a four-year term in the Waukegan Community School Board District 60:

• Margaret Carrasco

• Porfirio Garcia

• Michael Rodriguez

• Victoria Torres

Stats:

According to the U.S. Census in 2010

Waukegan had a total population of 89,078, 100%

• Hispanic population was 47,612, which made 53.45% of the population

• Mexican descent at 38,636 or 43.4%

• Puerto Rican descent at 2,918 or 3.3%

• Cuban descent at 136 or 0.2%

• Hispanic registered voters were 11,675 or 35.18%

In 2000, the U.S. Census reported:

Waukegan had a total population of 87, 901, 100%

• Hispanic population at 39, 396 or 44.82%

• Mexican descent at 30,717 or 34.94%

• Puerto Rican descent at 2,976 or 3.39%

• Cuban descent at 103 or 0.12%

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Patricia Orellana, A Long Time UMOS Employee And Community Activist Passed Away

RIP Patricia Orellana (Pat Navar)

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

March 19, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Patricia Orellana also known as Pat Navar has passed away surrounded by friends and family. Orellana worked for the United Migrant Opportunities Services (UMOS) and recently retired. She was also among the 500 community educational activists who took over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapman Hall (Chancellor’s office) on August 27, 1970 in the struggle to bring down a discriminatory policy that kept Latino students from enrolling at the university. Only 13 Hispanic students were enrolled at UW-Milwaukee compare to 25,000 White students in 1970. After weeks of protests, the UWM chancellor agreed to create the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute, which today is known as the Roberto Hernandez Center.
Orellana along with hundreds of Latinos and allies participated in the 79.4 mile march from Milwaukee to Madison to fight for migrant rights including the enforcement of migrant laws that were previously passed in Wisconsin.

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ICE Immigration Judge Decides To Deport Army Veteran Miguel Pérez Jr., But An Appeal Filed

An immigration judge decided to deport Army Veteran.

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

March 18, 2017

Chicago, Illinois – Robin Rosche, an immigration judge decided that Miguel Pérez Jr., 38, a decorated U.S. Army Veteran with a green card should be deported after serving a prison sentence for a felony drug conviction. Pérez’s attorney filed an appeal on Judge Rosche’s decision and the Veteran will remain in custody on the appeal is exhausted. A press conference is scheduled for Sunday by his relatives concerning the recent decision to deport Peréz.Pérez had served two tours in Afghanistan. He returned from war with severe PTSD and a serious brain injury and began to self medicate with drugs and was convicted of a non-violent drug offense.
Pérez had filed a request for relief to remain in the U.S. under the United Nations Convention against torture, which is a form of asylum.
Pérez told Judge Rosche during a hearing that he would be targeted for recruitment by drug cartels for his military experience and his life would be in danger, if he failed to join a criminal organization. The U.S. prosecutors argued that Pérez doesn’t qualify for the asylum, but that he violated the law, was convicted and should be deported, despite his honorable military service.

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Undocumented Immigrants As Stakeholders Contribute To The U.S. Economic Stability Of The Nation

Contrary to unfounded popular belief by White nationalists, neo-Nazis movements and President Trump, non-criminal undocumented immigrants are stakeholders in assuring that our nation remains economically stable as well.

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

March 11, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Since 2006, Latino immigrant rights organizations, religious groups, elected (local, county, state and federal) public officials, labor syndicates, activists and allies have engaged in marches, rallies, strikes, consumer boycotts, civil disobedience, school walkouts, getting the vote out and closing Latino businesses as part of a “Day without Latinos”, which recently expanded to include immigrants and refugees to seek immigration reform or have protested against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and the 287(g) ICE Program, which allows local, county and state law enforcement officers to enforce immigration laws that resulted in the separation of families. The issue today, we continue to think like we don’t exist, we should begin to include ourselves as stakeholders in the U.S., like “A Day with Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees”.
It has been more than 10 years of constant action to no avail for immigration reform, but has successfully created a network of activism, uniting people of color and awareness nationally that it’s time to fix and reform the broken immigration system. For the most part, engaging in mass deportations of millions of non-criminal undocumented immigrants is not the economic feasible action for President Donald J. Trump to take simply because it is costing billions today, it would be cheaper and wiser to fix the broken immigration system.
Don’t despair, there’s a light (Luz) guiding us to understand that undocumented immigrants have become stakeholders in the U.S. as well and their economic contributions in the billions of dollars as tax payers and consumers continue to do jobs most U.S. citizens won’t do today and have filled that void for decades. Actual fact: Any undocumented immigrant who has paid taxes in last ten years as a stakeholder in the U.S., has actually paid more taxes than President Trump himself who has not paid any federal taxes in the last ten years. They have been instrumental in making sure our nation’s economic well being remains stable so far, some might argue.
Today, we need to stand strong and stand against those who would like to see our nation fail, we as Latinos and allies in the U.S. need as a united effort to dedicate our resources into local, state and national campaigns to promote the economic contributions by undocumented immigrants, which no doubt as stakeholders have been instrumental in making our nation economically strong.
As community stateholders, we need to organize and participate in helping to make changes by promoting the achievements and contributing factors of undocumented immigrants with a mass wave of publicity in the English speaking mainstream media outlets, social media and other venues.

For example: local immigrant rights groups, including labor syndicates and religious groups, even activists and private businesses can become partners by working to create and invest in 30 to 60 second videos and TV network spots (positive advertising) in English to promote the contributions of undocumented immigrants in order to help educate and sway favorable public opinion to show the benefits in keeping non-criminal undocumented immigrants in the U.S. by legalizing them as a work force.
Detaining and deporting non-criminal undocumented immigrants creates an economic void, which most U.S. workers are unable to replace them at jobs Americans won’t do today.

Statistics:

Each non-criminal undocumented immigrant detained and later removed from a community will create an economic gap of about $25k to $50k in earned income including personal, sales tax, consumption of goods and property tax generated loss annually. Also, it will cost the state and the U.S. government approximately up to $10K or more in deportation costs including holding the undocumented inmate at a local county jail or Private Prison Corporations (PPC), which costs between $130 to $330 per day to hold at a PPC, in addition immigration court costs and flight costs to country of orgin.Obama during the end of his term attempted to phase out private prisons when contracts expired, but Trump’s U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recinded that memo and is promoting to continue to contract with PPCs. According to a 2015 report by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, PPC’s earned $3B for holding ICE detainees. An estimated 34,000 of undocumented immigrants are incarcerated daily costing about $159 each to hold.

So, the U.S. economic stability in some urban and rural communities, which depend on undocumented labor including farm and dairy workers are faced with a loss of workers that can’t easily be replaced once removed by the Trump’s ICE initiative. Does Trump and his administration know that every non-criminal undocumented immigrant removed from the local and the U.S. economic system has a long lasting effect in the areas from which removed?

• In Wisconsin, undocumented immigrants paid $21,7 million in personal income, $6.1 million in property taxes and $66.5 million in sale taxes in 2010 totaling at least $94.4M, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy study.

• Undocumented workers in Texas pay $11.6B annually in taxes, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

• Undocumented immigrants paid $35B within 10 years to the Medicare Trust Fund even when they don’t qualify for benefits. (HNNUSA/Hispanic News Network U.S.A.)

• The Social Security Administration reported that in the Earning Suspense File has $1.3T in taxes in earn wages, which most of it was collected from undocumented immigrants. (The Atlantic)

• In 2014, Stephen Goss, the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration told Vice News that in the last decade, an estimated 11M undocumented immigrants reside in the U.S. and about 7M are unauthorized workers and 3.1M of those worked with fake or expired Social Security numbers and paid automatic payroll taxes to the federal government. In 2010, a $13B annual net contribution was made to the Social Security Trust Fund.
In the last ten years, unauthorized workers have paid an estimated $100B into the trust fund and most of the unauthorized workers will never benefit from their tax contributions later in life, according to Goss. (HNNUSA/Hispanic News Network U.S.A.)

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