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Mexico Should Pull $3.05B Trade Agreement From Wisconsin To Quash Anti-sanctuary Bills Targeted At Mexican Nationals

The Mexican government should use its economic purchasing empowerment in the billions of trade agreements in the U.S., especially the $3.05B importing of trade goods from the State of Wisconsin to stop the Republican anti-sanctuary movement targeting Mexican nationals.

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

June 29, 2017

Madison, WI – The Republican controlled legislature will become the epic center of a struggle by immigrant families and allies by using their economic empowerment to influence the government of Mexico to break away from their $3.05B trade goods agreement with Wisconsin, if Wisconsin state Republican legislators continue to support two legislative bills AB190/SB275, which are known as the anti-sanctuary bills targeting Mexican nationals. The Wisconsin anti-sanctuary bills are similar to the Texas SB 4, that allows local law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws and to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests, which have been ruled non-legal binding by a federal court.
Immigrant rights organizations, Mexican nationals residing in Wisconsin and religious groups including immigrant rights activists should initiate a local, statewide and national campaign to call on the Mexican government and its officials at all Mexican Consulates to use the country’s purchasing empowerment to influence a halt of the anti-sanctuary movement by anti-immigrant Republicans and Trump’s administration.

Here are some brief statistics to show the purchasing economic empowerment Mexico has and should use it to benefit their Mexican nationals in the U.S. if states don’t respect and welcome Mexican nationals, then Mexico should not be in trade agreements with states that are not immigrant friendly.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue Division of Research and Policy in 2011 report indicated that in 2010, exports to Mexico totaled $2.0 billion, “…Mexico is the second largest destination, importing 10.2% of the total ($2.0 billion)…” which in 2016, according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Mexico imported $3.0 billion in trade goods, U.S. News reported.
The Wiscosin Department of Agriculture, Trade, Consumer and Protection reported that “Mexico is Wisconsin’s second most valuable agricultural export market, importing more than $360 million in products in 2016, including $61 million in dairy products such as cheese, milk, whey and butter, and eggs and honey.”
The U.S. Census Foreign Trade, the U.S. International Trade Data, State Exports from Wisconsin reported that Wisconsin exported $3.05B in trade goods to Mexico for the period 2015-2016.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative released the following statistics.

U.S.-Mexico Trade Facts

U.S. goods and services trade with Mexico totaled an estimated $579.7 billion in 2016. Exports were $262.0 billion; imports were $317.6 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with Mexico was $55.6 billion in 2016.

Mexico is currently our 3rd largest goods trading partner with $525.1 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $231.0 billion; goods imports totaled $294.2 billion. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mexico was $63.2 billion in 2016.

Trade in services with Mexico (exports and imports) totaled an estimated $54.5 billion in 2016. Services exports were $31.1 billion; services imports were $23.5 billion. The U.S. services trade surplus with Mexico was $7.6 billion in 2016.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of Goods and Services to Mexico supported an estimated 1.2 million jobs in 2015 (latest data available) (968 thousand supported by goods exports and 201 thousand supported by services exports).


• Mexico was the United States’ 2nd largest goods export market in 2016.

• U.S. goods exports to Mexico in 2016 were $231.0 billion, down 2.0% ($4.8 billion) from 2015 but up 72.7% from 2006. U.S. exports to Mexico are up 455% from 1993 (pre-NAFTA). U.S. exports to Mexico account for 15.9% of overall U.S. exports in 2015.

• The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: machinery ($42 billion), electrical machinery ($41 billion), vehicles ($21 billion), mineral fuels ($20 billion), and plastics ($16 billion).

• U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Mexico totaled $18 billion in 2016, our 3rd largest agricultural export market. Leading domestic export categories include: corn ($2.6 billion), soybeans ($1.5 billion), pork & pork products ($1.4 billion), dairy products ($1.2 billion), and beef & beef products ($975 million).

• U.S. exports of services to Mexico were an estimated $31.1 billion in 2016, 1.4% ($441 million) less than 2015, but 30.5% greater than 2006 levels. It was up roughly 199% from 1993 (pre-NAFTA). Leading services exports from the U.S. to Mexico, in 2015, were in the travel, transport, and intellectual property (computer software, industrial processes) sectors.


• Mexico was the United States’ 2nd largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

• U.S. goods imports from Mexico totaled $294.2 billion in 2016, down 0.8% ($2.3 billion) from 2015, but up 48.4% from 2006. U.S. imports from Mexico are up 637% from 1993 (pre-NAFTA). U.S. imports from Mexico account for 13.4% of overall U.S. imports in 2015.

• The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: vehicles ($75 billion), electrical machinery ($62 billion), machinery ($51 billion), optical and medical instruments ($13 billion), and furniture and bedding ($11 billion).

• U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Mexico totaled $23 billion in 2016, our 1st largest supplier of agricultural imports. Leading categories include: fresh vegetables ($5.6 billion), other fresh fruit ($4.9 billion), wine and beer ($3.1 billion), snack foods ($2.0 billion), and processed fruit & vegetables ($1.5 billion).

• U.S. imports of services from Mexico were an estimated $23.5 billion in 2016, 7.0% ($1.5 billion) more than 2015, and 57.9% greater than 2006 levels. It was up roughly 216% from 1993 (pre-NAFTA). Leading services imports from Mexico to the U.S., in 2015, were in the travel, transport, and technical and other services sectors.

Trade Balance

• The U.S. goods trade deficit with Mexico was $63.2 billion in 2016, a 4.2% increase ($2.5 billion) over 2015.

• The United States has a services trade surplus of an estimated $7.6 billion with Mexico in 2016, down 20.7% from 2015.


• U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Mexico (stock) was $92.8 billion in 2015 (latest data available), a 3.5% increase from 2014. U.S. direct investment in Mexico is led by manufacturing, nonbank holding companies, and mining.

• Mexico’s FDI in the United States (stock) was $16.6 billion in 2015 (latest data available), up 0.2% from 2014. Mexico’s direct investment in the U.S. is led by manufacturing, wholesale trade, and depository institutions.

• Sales of services in Mexico by majority U.S.-owned affiliates were $45.9 billion in 2014 (latest data available), while sales of services in the United States by majority Mexico-owned firms were $8.5 billion.


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Wisconsin Consumers Expected To Pay Up To $8 Per Gallon Of Milk, If Anti-sanctuary Bills AB190/SB275 Pass

If the anti-sanctuary bills AB190/SB275 are approved by the Republican controlled legislature, the dairy industry will be affected by the lack of dairy immigrant workers and the price of milk will reach $8 per gallon.

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

June 28, 2017

Madison, WI – On Wednesday, Luz Sosa, a local immigrant and civil rights activist and a Professor of Economics at the Milwaukee Area Technical College who was at the rally to protest several ant-sanctuary bills in Madison says, that Wisconsin residents could see an increase of $8.00 in the price of a gallon of milk at grocery stores, if the anti-sanctuary bills are approved and immigrant dairy workers leave their jobs to avoid being targeted by local immigration enforcement efforts.
Voces de la Frontera (VDLF), an immigrant and workers rights organization in a press release says, that immigrant families and supporters from six cities converged at the Wisconsin State Capitol to lobby and demonstrate against AB190/SB275, several bills introduced by Wisconsin Republicans to have local law enforcement act like immigration agents. Wisconsin Republicans introduced the bills in May, which are a copycat of Texas’ new anti-immigrant law SB4, and are very similar to AB450, which was stalled and later expired without the Senate taking any action in February 2016.
Immigrant families and supporters visited the offices of Governor Walker and every legislator to deliver milk cartons saying “Got Milk? Not without Immigrants / Keep Famlies Together / No AB190.” The group held a rally in the early afternoon featuring a diverse lineup of speakers including dairy workers and farmers, religious leaders, elected officials, and representatives of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union.
One of the speakers from Manitowoc addressed the crowd and stated, “Wisconsin is the dairy state thanks to the strength of immigrant workers,” said Miguel Estrada, a dairy worker from Manitowoc and member of Voces de la Frontera. “Manitowoc produces 13% of the dairy in Wisconsin. I want to ask Governor Walker, without us, who will do this difficult, necessary work? Many people are leaving because of Trump and programs like 287g and now AB190, but we need to stay calm. We will keep fighting against this bigotry and hatred.”
“AB190 seems to be an affront to all dairy farmers,” said John Rosenow, a dairy farmer from Waumandee. “In recent times, the last 20 years or so, we, Wisconsin dairy farmers, have found someone who wants to do what we love. Their names are Roberto, Armando, Gregorio, and others like them. This bill would have police profile these workers instead of welcoming them into our communities. This is not something that will make the dairy industry thrive but it is something that will restrict growth and in the end reduce jobs. We dairy farmers wonder why the legislature is not trying to create a welcoming atmosphere for our employees knowing that a hostile climate will impact our ability to make a living.”

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Wisconsin Anti-sanctuary Bill Forces Law Enforcement To Comply With Federal Illegal ICE Detainer Requests

Both of the Wisconsin State versions of the latest anti-sanctuary legislative bills AB190/SB275 submitted to committees by GOP legislators seemed to force law enforcement in the state to comply with illegal federal ICE detainer requests.

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

June 27, 2017

Madison, WI – It seems that Wisconsin Republican legislators in control in both the State Assembly and Senate have failed to confirm that federal ICE detainer requests are not legal binding, but instead are forcing law enforcement agencies and county sheriffs to comply with such ICE detainer requests under two bills AB190/SB275 known as anti-sanctuary bills. According to the text in both bills, “The bill also requires a political subdivision to comply with a lawful detainer that is issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and authorizes the attorney general or the appropriate district attorney or sheriff to file a writ of mandamus with the circuit court to require compliance with the requirements created by the bill if he or she believes that the political subdivision is failing to comply with the requirements.”
According to the ACLU-Pennsylvania in 2014, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that states and localities are not required to imprison people based on “detainer” requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, ICE, recognizing that states and localities may share liability when they participate in wrongful immigration detentions. The ruling in Galarza v. Szalczyk, et al., stems from Lehigh County Prison’s wrongful detention of Ernesto Galarza, a U.S. citizen, who despite posting bail and telling his jailers that he was born in New Jersey was held in jail for three days because of an ICE detainer that stated only that ICE was investigating his immigration status…A growing number of states and localities, including California, Connecticut, New York City, Newark, Cook County, New Orleans, and Washington, DC, have adopted laws or policies limiting their involvement with ICE detainers, or declining to treat them as a basis for detention at all. Although ICE has long characterized its detainers as “requests,” this is the first time a federal appeals court has addressed this precise issue.”
In other ICE detainer rulings, in an Illinois case, “Jimenez Moreno v. Napolitano — that’s currently moving through the courts. In September, U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee ruled that the Department of Homeland Security’s use of detainers exceeded its legal authority and were “void” because “immigration detainers issued under ICE’s detention program seek to detain subjects without a warrant — even in the absence of a determination by ICE that the subjects are likely to escape before a warrant can be obtained.”…the “Mercado v. Dallas County, in which a federal court ruled last year that an ICE detainer didn’t provide probable cause to law enforcement to detain a person because probable cause is an issue relevant to criminal cases, while immigration is a civil matter,” the Texas Tribune dot org reported.
On Wednesday, June 28, hundreds of immigrant workers and their families from six cities including Milwaukee will converge in Madison once again and join supporters in a day of lobbying and protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol to oppose both AB190/SB275. The bills authorize local law enforcement to act like immigration agents. Wisconsin Republicans have introduced the bills, which are a copycat of Texas’ new anti-immigrant law SB4, and very similar to AB450, which the state Senate didn’t take action in February 2016 and expired, according to Voces de la Frontera who staged a major protest in Madison to draw pressure to stall AB450 and succeeded.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit order available at:

More information about Galarza v. Szalczyk is available at:

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34-year-old Driver Of Stolen Vehicle Arrested After Totaled Crash In Riverwest

Milwaukee police are looking for several suspects who carjacked a vehicle and assaulted the vehicle owner over the weekend.

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

June 22, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Oscar Brenes, the owner of El Patron Auto Repair confirmed that a 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the June 16 carjacking of his vehicle, a 2014 Toyota Camry. The driver was taken into custody after crashing and totaling the stolen Toyota Camry in the Riverwest area.
Brenes says two other suspects who he identified as Puerto Ricans assaulted him while he was parking his vehicle by his residence. The two suspects beat Brenes, took his wallet, a cellphone and then carjacked the vehicle.
Brenes told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that he is warning others to be aware of their surroundings when parking their vehicles to avoid becoming another victim.
A 30-year-old male victim who was struck by the 34-year-old driver of a stolen Camry contacted HNNUSA and says, that his 2011 Suburban was struck by the driver of the stolen Camry. The 30-year-old man survived the accident and says that the Camry driver was driving in excessive speed when it struck his Suburban. The Camry driver was “driving with disregard to human life” and many other incidents have occurred where drivers speed and don’t stop at the red lights, according to the Suburban driver. The surviving victim also drives a motorcycle and emphasized that he doesn’t feel safe driving around Milwaukee due to a lack of law enforcement of traffic incidents that endanger lives.
The Suburban victim stated, ” I literally saw a guy (while driving my motorcycle) blow thru a red light right in front of a cop car and they didn’t do anything. If I would have gone when my light turned green I’d be dead.”

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Biracial Latino Kids And Adults Kicked Out Of Brewers Game For being To Loud And Mexican

The mother of three kids says, they were kicked out along with their father and an adult cousin from the Brewers game for being to loud, but when being escorted out by Milwaukee police, one of the adults says, “we are basically being kicked out for being Mexican.”

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

June 20, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, Titania Herrera posted in her Facebook (FB) account that her husband, an adult cousin, a friend and her three young children ages, 8, 7 and 4 were kicked out of the Brewers game for being to loud. José Herrera claims, that a White couple had complained to an usher that the kids were to loud, thsn an usher sat behind them to watch, then the White couple through the middle finger at the kids as they were leaving. Security then decided to escort the family and cousin out, despite another White man who was watching and attempted to explain to security that the White couple had given the middle finger to the children. It was to no avail, security and Milwaukee police escorted them out and didn’t do anything to the White couple.
As the family and cousin were being escorted out, one of the adults says, “we got kicked out for being Mexican.” According to Herrera, the children are Black and Latino. Titania blamed Trump for racist White to be more open, “I GUESS TRUMP MAKES SOME PEOPLE FEEL THEY CAN BE MORE OPENLY RACIST.”
In a video posted by Titania, one adult says, that a supervisor let them back in and sat them at another seating section, which by then the kids were to scare to yell during the game for fear of getting kicked out.
Here’s Titania’s full FB post (warning it has some adult language directed at the Brewers management, “So I just received a call from my husband. Apparently my husband, his cousin and his friend along with my 8yr old 4yr old son and 7 yr old cousin were kicked out of the game, for being loud and cheering. Not everything is about race if you know me im far from racist, but today was. Two older white ppl complained my KIDS were cheering too loud. They had security sit behind my family and those two older white ppl gave my kids the middle finger (8,4,7years old) i just watched a snapchat video of my kids crying as they were escorted out. My husband and cousin tried to defend themselves but of course that made it worse. Another older white man stepped in , he had also tried defending them saying they did nothing wrong. But they were still asked to leave. Watching my babies so upset just pissed me off and hurt me so deeply. I will NEVER FUCKING BUY ANOTHER BREWERS SHIRT BOBBLE HEAD NOTHING. FUCK THEM AND THE TEAM TOO CAUSE IM SURE IF THEY SEE THIS THEY STILL WONT CARE!! IM A MOM BEFORE ANYTHING. I GUESS TRUMP MAKES SOME PEOPLE FEEL THEY CAN BE MORE OPENLY RACIST. BTW I DNT CARE WHO THIS OFFENDS CAUSE ITS WASNT UR KIDS CRYING AFTER BEING SO EXCITED TO SEE A GAME THEY HAS BEEN BEGGING TO SEE!! Milwaukee Brewers.”
Herrera has tagged the Brewers in her FB concerning the incident, but according to her they haven’t responded.

Video: Biracial Latino Kids And Adults Kicked Out Of Brewers Game

Video: The Herrera family speaks out in interview by Tory Lowe

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Milwaukee Puerto Rican Fest Adds Teen Age Restriction To Attract Parents To Family Event

Teen age restriction geared at attracting parents to this year’s Puerto Rican Festival 2017 in Milwaukee at Humboldt Park.

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

June 19, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Monday, Yuessef Morales, the organizer for the Puerto Rican Festival 2017 (PRfest) in Milwaukee announced via his Facebook (FB) account that a new teen age restriction will be implemented for this year’s event at the Humboldt Park in Milwaukee County. The age restriction implementation will take effect on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Puerto Rican Fest at Humboldt Park. Morales FB post indicates that anyone from age 17 and under would not be allowed to enter the PRfest without being accompanied by a parent.
When contacted on Monday by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA), Morales released the following statement, “We decided to require anyone under 17 to be with a parent as a way to bring in families together. It will also make parents responsible for watching their kids and not our security. This will bring families together and help prevent any issues a young crowd might bring. This is a Family event and we want to keep it as perfect as its been for 5 years.”
The PRest is operated as “for profit” and has grown to become one of the largest and most popular Latino festivals to attend in Wisconsin including the City of Festivals.
In 2016, an estimated 7,000 festivalgoers attended the one-day 4th Annual Puerto Rican Family Fest 2016 at Humboldt Park, according to Victor Huyke, the CEO of Conquistador, LLC and Publisher of El Conquistador Newspaper who co-sponsors the PRfest event.
¡Viva Puerto Rico!

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Richard L. Alva Found Not Guilty For Sexual Assault Of Child Under 12

Alva, a convicted child sex offender was found not guilty on a second case, which a criminal complaint charged him with 1st-degree sexual assault of child under 12.

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

June 18, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On May 5, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court jury found Richard L. Alva, 53, aka, “Gato” not guilty on one felony count for 1st-degree sexual assault of a child under 12, according to court records. The criminal complaint was filed on December 6, 2016 and accused Alva of having sexual contact with a male victim. Alva was facing up to 60 years in prison, if convicted. He remains incarcerated at the Racine Correctional Institute, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
According to court records, Alva was convicted on July 2004 for second-degree sexual assault of a child after he pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 7 years in prison, but only served 4 years in prison and 3 years probation. He was ordered to register as a sex offender for life in the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry.
Alva had been released from prison and was on probation for a weapons conviction as a felon.
Alva is a former Mixtecas Motorcycle Club Milwaukee chapter president and co-founder. He served as a Treasurer when the group started in 1998.

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