Stop Deportation Of Veterans Activist Valenzuela-Rodríguez Advocates For Fellow Veteran Miguel Pérez To Remain In U.S.

Community advocates and U.S. Veteran Valenzuela-Rodríguez attended a federal immigration court hearing to help prevent the deportation of Pérez, a fellow decorated Army veteran who is facing deportation.

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

February 6, 2017

Chicago, Illinois – On Monday, Robin Rosche, an immigration judge announced that she will decide within weeks whether 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 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 has 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 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.
Jesús Manuel Valenzuela-Rodríguez, 61, a U.S. Marine Veteran who had faced deportation was in Chicago to advocate for Pérez to remain in the U.S. Valenzuela-Rodríguez told reporters that it was unfair for the U.S. government to deport Veterans who have honorably serve. Valenzuela-Rodríguez and his brother, Valente Valenzuela, 64, an Army Veteran from Colorado are both U.S. Veterans who were born in Mexico.
The Valenzuela brothers have become advocates for deported Veterans and had faced the threat of deportation themselves for misdemeanor crimes, but were granted a stay in the U.S., until their immigration case gets resolved. Their deportation case has been stalled and no further proceedings are scheduled for the Valenzuela brothers.
The Valenzuela brothers were born in Mexico to a U.S. Citizen mother from New Mexico. Their father was a Mexican national, but later legalized and became a U.S. Citizen. By birth right to a U.S. Citizen in another country, their children born in foreign country become automatically U.S. Citizens, according to federal law.
In 2011, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) figures confirmed that at least 3,000 War Veterans were in process of being deported to their native countries. Most of the Veterans that have been deported had green cards and were in the U.S. legally.
On October 13, 2012, a group of U.S. Deported Veterans led by Army Veteran Hector Barajas, himself a deported Veteran opened the first U.S. Deported Veterans Support House (DVSH – a safehouse) in El Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico to help other deported Veterans from the U.S. ajust to being dislocated and facing removal trauma caused by DHS and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when separating families.
Today, Barajas advocacy for U.S. deported Veteran rights has succeeded in getting certain VA pensions to deported Veterans and continues to work for earned medical benefits as well, which had been illegally denied simply because they were deported. Barajas has applied for U.S. Citizenship as well and a decision by the U.S. government is expected in less than two months.
Daniel Torres, a deported U.S. Marine Veteran became a U.S. Citizen in April 2016 and was the first deported Veteran to get citizenship with the help of Barajas, the ACLU-CA and other lawfirms through the advocacy of the DVSH.
Only upon death, the bodies of deported Veterans can be brought back to be buried in the U.S. with a military honor guard.

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Meteor Or UFO Reported Crashed In Wisconsin

A witness says the meteor or UFO had crashed in a field in Ixonia.

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

February 6, 2017

Wisconsin – On early Monday, residents in northwestern Wisconsin reported a large meteor or UFO had crashed with green light in the state around 1:30 a.m. Police investigating and trying to locate the ground zero site of the unidentified object.
Also residents in Michigan, Chicago, Illinois and Minnesota reported a similar object, including people in multiple counties from throughout Wisconsin who saw a bright light, heard and felt a blast or crash.
The object cashed in Ixonia, WI, according Raphael Fish, an eye witness who says it crashed at an adjacent field where he was located in Jefferson County.

A dashcam video of object courtesy of Marcella Canfora, it was recorded in Milwaukee, WI while she was driving on the highway. https://youtu.be/B7RMu_MrEa4

Meteor or UFO spotted over the Village of Morton Grove, Illinois on early Monday https://youtu.be/TKVKxcbMyiQ

UFO or meteor spotted over the Village of Lisle in Illinois https://youtu.be/XepiEZY3UTg

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Black Panther Party, Revolutionary Black Panther Party And The Nation of Islam Unite Forces

Three known Afro-American groups in the city of Milwaukee unite their efforts to bring social and economic change in their community.

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

February 6, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – In Milwaukee both the Black Panther Party (BPP) and Revolutionary Black Panther Party (RBPP) announced on Saturday that they have joined forces in unity, love and peace with the help of the Nation of Islam who served as a mediator. The groups are facing similar economic, segregation, unemployment and social issues plaguing the Afro-American community today, which indicates that their united efforts between the three groups empowers their Black Power movement to work for social change and the betterment of the Afro-American community in the city.
“There is more than enough work in Milwaukee to do.. Other black men and women are NOT our enemies. We cannot preach unity if we don’t practice it ourselves. This situation could have gotten to levels unfathomable.. We could not allow it to progress without addressing it as men and women,” Vaun L. Mayes stated in his Facebook account. Mayes is the RBPP National and Regional General including the Minister of Information/Media, also known as an Afro-American national civil rights activist.

Video of united groups courtesy of Vaun L. Mayes https://goo.gl/Kbcgm4

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocked President Trump’s Muslim Ban Nationwide

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed on Friday that it will comply with the federal judge’s temporary halt of the Muslim Ban and it notified airlines to allow travellers with visas to board planes headed to the U.S.

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

February 4, 2017

Seattle, WA- On Friday, a federal judge in Seattle granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to immediately halt implementation of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration nationwide, according to a press release by the Attorney General’s Office in the State of Washington.
The Temporary Restraining Order will remain in place until U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Robart considers the Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging key provisions of the President’s order as illegal and unconstitutional. If Ferguson prevails, the Executive Order would be permanently invalidated nationwide.
To obtain the Temporary Restraining Order, the state needed to prove that its underlying lawsuit was likely to succeed, that irreparable harm was likely to occur without the restraining order, and that halting the President’s order immediately is in the public interest. The state also needed to establish that the potential injury to Washington residents caused by leaving the President’s order in place outweighs any potential damage from halting it.
Judge Robart, who was nominated to the court by President George W. Bush in 2003, ruled that Ferguson had met the high standards necessary to block the Executive Order until the court reaches the merits of the lawsuit.
“The Constitution prevailed today,” Ferguson said. “No one is above the law — not even the President.”
Washington became the first state to challenge the President’s order on Monday. Ferguson argues that the Executive Order violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection and the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, infringes individuals’ constitutional right to Due Process and contravenes the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.
Major Washington state institutions supported the Attorney General’s lawsuit through declarations filed alongside the complaint. In their declarations, for example, Amazon and Expedia set forth the detrimental ways the Executive Order impacts their operations and their employees.
Minnesota, led by Attorney General Lori Swanson, joined Ferguson’s amended complaint filed Thursday. In addition, since Washington brought its action, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia intervened in similar lawsuits challenging the Executive Order in their respective jurisdictions.
Solicitor General Noah Purcell, Deputy Solicitor General Anne Egeler and Solicitor General’s Office Fellow Kelly Paradis, as well as members of the Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit, including Unit Chief Colleen Melody and Assistant Attorneys General Patricio Marquez and Marsha Chien, are handling the case., according to Ferguson.

Copy of federal lawsuit against the Trump’s Muslim ban filed by Bob Ferguson, the Attorney General from the State of Washington (PDF) http://bit.ly/2l74GTS

Update: President Trump goes on a Twitter rant about his Muslim ban that was temporarily blocked by U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Robart.
At first, a White House statement said “outrageous” about the ban being blocked, but later the word was taken out on a revised update.

An appeals federal judge in Minnesota on Sunday denied the U.S. DOJ emergency request on behalf of President Trump to lift an injunction blocking a Muslim ban nationwide while an appeal is pending. (Source: HNNUSA/Hispanic News Network U.S.A.)

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Private Prisons For ICE Detainees A Profitable Business In The U.S.

Holding undocumented immigrants is a lucrative business for private corporation prisons.

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

February 3, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Recently, President Donald Trump, aka, “Trumpnazi” confirmed that additional detention centers for undocumented immigrants will be created, which indicates an anticipated joint operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) involving local, county and state partnerships under 287g and Secure Communities, which will yield thousands of undocumented detainee arrests around the nation.Former President Barack H. Obama, aka, the “Deporter in Chief” deported nearly 3M undocumented immigrants within 8-years. Up to now, Obama holds the record from any prior U.S. President for deporting more undocumented immigrants while in office.
What does it actually mean for the private corporate sector? It seems that Trumpnazi favors the proliferation of private corporate prisons to hold detainees as a lucrative business. Obama attempted to phase out private prisons, but failed. According to a 2015 report by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Private Prison Corporations (PPC’s) earned $3B for holding ICE detainees. An estimated 34,000 of undocumented immigrants are incarcerated daily costing about $159 each to hold.
States do pay for most of the costs to hold undocumented detainees from their jurisdictions and the federal government reimburse the states about half.
The L.A. Times reported in 2015, that to hold ICE detainees in a private prison, it costs between $130 to $330 daily (per day) compared to being place under electronic monitoring bracelet for low risk detainees, which cost $5.00 daily ($155 per month). Electronic bracelet monitoring in some states is also done by BI Inc., a subsidiary of the second largest PPC in the country.
In 2015, 9,300 undocumented immigrants were released under parole or monitoring. Also, 70,000 of detainees were charged criminally for illegal entry or re-entry, which made half of all federal prosecutions.
PPC includes the GEO Group, the 6th largest private prison operation, which operates 95 prisons in the U.S. and abroad and the Corrections Corporation of America, which operates 67 prisons in the U.S., according to a 2016 report by the Memphis Flyer.
In private prisons, undocumented detainees are used for cheap labor, which most don’t get paid for custodial, kitchen and other jobs within the prison while incarcerated before deportations. Detainee deaths have been reported in both ICE detention centers and private prisons, but in most cases, a lack of accountability exists and hardly anyone (ICE agent/prison guard) ever get charged or prosecuted for negligence and abuse resulting in deaths, according to news reports and immigrant rights groups.
In Wisconsin, Fox 6 News recently reported that the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office generated at least $6M in revenue in the lucrative business to hold ICE detainees. The Kenosha County jail holds 1,000 inmates.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in WI also profits from holding ICE detainees for at least a week before they are transported back to the Chicago ICE detention facility for deportion.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in WI also profits from ICE detainees and last week, Sheriff David Clarke Jr. has confirmed that he will partnership with ICE to train his assigned deputies to become immigration enforcement officers as well under President Trumpnazi’s revamped 287g and Secure Communities Programs. Both programs are considered to be abused by law enforcement agencies, which resulted in practices of discrimination and profiling violations without accountability for unlawful acts by authorities.
In 2012, Sheriff Clarke Jr. did confirm that the county jail has been in an agreement for the last five years with the feds to hold illegal immigrants under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program and the county was reinburse about $135,000 in 2009. In 2008, the county received at least $60,000 under the program, according to Sheriff Clarke Jr.
Under the above agreement, the MCSO has to check the legal status of everyone they suspect is an illegal alien and report their results to ICE.
Why hasn’t the U.S. Congress actually passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill?, simply because PPC’s have spent more than $24M per year in lobbying costs to keep private prisons in operation. If tomorrow, a comprehensive immigration reform bill would pass, PPC’s would definitely go out of business because less undocumented detainees would be in prisons, some might argue.

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Pro-Immigrant And Anti-Hate Resolution 16-738 Passed By Milwaukee County Board

The Milwaukee County Board sent President Trump a message that they won’t be bullied.

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

February 2, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, in a symbolic act the Milwaukee County Board voted 12-6 in favor of Pro-Immigrant and Anti-Hate Resolution 16-738 as a stand against President Donald Trump’s, aka, “Trumpnazi” bullying threat tactic of penalizing Sanctuary Counties by withholding federal funding, which is unconstitutional. The resolution recognizes the dignity and contributions of diverse communities in Milwaukee County that face intensified threats from the new Presidential adminisrtation, including immigrants, African-Americans, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and others, according to Voces de la Frontera, an imigrant and work rights organization.Also, the resolution will urge Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. to not enroll his department in the controversial 287g program, which would deputize local law enforcement as immigration agents.

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Costa Rican Woman And Baby Get Visas Revoked On Arrival At Airport In Texas Under Muslim Ban

A Costa Rican woman and a baby had their visas revoked shortly after arriving at a Houston airport.

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

February 1, 2017

Houston, Texas – A woman and her baby had their visas revoked after she was coerced to voluntarily surrender the U.S. Visas. According to a Facebook posting by Adriana Portillo, her cousin had valid U.S. Visas to enter the country, but when her cousin arrived at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, she was detained under President Donald Trump’s, aka, “Trumpnazi” Muslim Ban executive order which prevented those arriving from seven Muslim countries to be denied entry whether with green cards or valid visas.
Portillo posted in her Facebook on early Wednesday, “They are detaining all tourists from entering the usa. My cousin from Costa Rica who has had valid tourist visas and has traveled here for YEARS was detained in Houston airport and got her and her 6 month old sons tourist visas revoked. They went through her phone and took the baby from her and left that 6 month old baby crying just to intimidate her into signing thier visas away. I am desperately looking for any Houston lawyers or any help I can get. I can’t even speak to her to know what’s going. Please someone help, I am desperate. She has done nothing wrong, no criminal record and was coming here legally!!!”
Sean Spicer, the Press Secretary for the Trumpnazi administration has insisted it wasn’t a ban, but in previous statements he did say a ban including President Trumpnazi who had called it a ban as well. Apparently, those arriving in the U.S. from the Muslim countries listed as banned will be vetted and are now allowing those with green cards or permanent residency status to enter the country. Reports from U.S. airports around the country have indicated that people arriving at airports continue to be detained by DHS ICE.
Portillo’s cousin is the first reported case that Costa Rica nationals with valid U.S. Visas has been denied entry and coerced to surrender visas by keeping the child (nephew) from her care.
Portillo posted that her cousin is scheduled to be deported at 5:00 p.m. today, according to the Costa Rica Consulate. She can’t contact her cousin because they took her cellphone and is detained. She doesn’t know why she was denied entry and being deported.
Portillo posted, “Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support! Adriana still doesn’t have her phone so we can’t speak to her but the Costa Rican conulsate says she has her deportation flight at 5pm today. We are trying our best to get her out but no luck yet…They intimidated her to sign a revoke of their visas. We can’t speak to her so its hard to kn.”
Several Houston area attorneys have been trying to look into her case, but are not able to talk to her personally due to restrictions as a detainee.
Luis Andres Salazar, who lives in Costa Rica when contacted by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) identified his sister as Adriana Salazar Avila, 28, and her 6-month-old nephew as Santiago Jimenez Salazar. Luis says, that Adriana has been detained for more than 24 hours including her nephew, DHS ICE officials at the airport had “forced her to sign paperwork to revoke her and the babies visa.”

Update: According to the North Dallas Gazette, Adriana arrived with her mother, Vilma Salazar and her 6-month-old nephew when detained. Vilma was allowed to continue to Dallas to visit her family and her valid 6-month visa was limited to February 25, which she was ordered by DHS ICE to leave the country.
Adriana was deported to Costa Rica including her nephew. DHS ICE had accused that they were smuggling drugs in unopened coffee bags, but when officials opened the bags and checked, they found no drugs, according to the North Dallas Gazette.
Luis confirmed, that Adriana and her nephew were deported from Houston at 5:20 p.m. and DHS ICE returned her cell phone once she was in the plane headed to Costa Rica. She is now safe back home, but traumatized (shocked) about her experience at the airport with U.S. Customs officials.

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