Monday, March 27, 2017

Rogue ICE Agents Enter Home, U.S. Citizen Shot, Apparently No Warrant Involving Wrong Home

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement internal affairs has launched an investigation into an ICE agent and U.S. Citizen shooting in Illinois.

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

March 27, 2017

Belmont Cragin, Illinois - On Monday, rogue U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents broke into a home around 6:20 a.m. with blazing weapons and an ICE agent shot a man in the left arm. The ICE agent claims that the man who happens to be a U.S. Citizen at the home had pointed a weapon at the agent. The victims daughter in contrary claims her father and all who were at the home have legal status to be in the country.
Apparently,  the ICE agents had no warrant to break into the home, no warrant against the victim or anyone else in the home. The injured victim who was identified by his family as Feliz Torres, 53 was not wanted nor the intended target. Torres was transported to Stroger Hospital where he is expected to survive.
ICE's Office of Personal Responsibility (internal affairs) has launched an investigation of the unlawful ICE raid.
Today, ICE operations have become known as Trump's ICE regime raids, which ICE has gained the reputation of being the most corrupt federal immigration enforcement agency compatible to the Nazi era SS (Gestapo). Last week, ICE illegally arrested 40 undocumented immigrants without warrants in Alabama and have kept the detainees in an undisclosed facility and no information was provided to family members. 
In Portland, Oregon at least two DREAMers were taken into custody without judicial warrants, one had a prior drunk driving conviction and was identified as Francisco J. Rodríguez Domínguez. The other was identified as Emmanuel Ayala who was taken into custody on Sunday. Ayala's family says, that he renewed his DACA status recently (about three days before his arrest), but ICE came knocking at the door on Sunday morning and detained him. Emmanuel suffers from am an illness and needs medication and a wheel chair to move around, according to family members.
Also, at least 26 undocumented immigrants serving a court order community service sentence in Tarrant County in Fort Worth were taken into custody by ICE making the largest arrest by ICE in Texas. Tarrant County Sheriff Bill E. Waybourn confirmed that inmates processed at the jail are checked for legal status.
ICE has launched a campaign to shame police and other law enforcement agencies who refuse to partnership under the ICE 287(g) program, which allows police officers, sheriff deputies and state police to enforcement immigration laws. The 287(g) program has failed due to illegal profiling, violation of civil rights and discrimination by those law enforcement officers enforcing immigration laws. For example, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was sued for civil rights violations, illegal profiling and discrimination against Latino's in Arizona. Arpaio was ousted from office in November and is awaiting sentencing by a federal judge for contempt of court.
ICE has updated their detained requests forms to hold suspected undocumented immigrants while at a county jail, but the ICE Detainees by U.S. Homeland Security are not legal bin ding to hold someone, only a court order warrant by a judge to hold someone is legal, according to a federal judge ruling.
ICE's is trying to pass the detainees as lawful holding requests, which they are not.
Under the Obama administration, ICE agents have been invloved in illegal acts during raids, unhumane treatment of detained undocumented immigrants, multi-deaths at ICE detention centers have been reported, ICE agents have used coercion to force detainees to sign voluntary waivers for deportation. 
U.S. Border Protection and ICE agents were also involved in the 2010 death of Anastacio Hernández Rojas, 42, an undocumented immigrant who was brutally beaten and tasered multiple times by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and later died at a hospital. The family recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1M to avoid another three years of court room litigation. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (ICHR) in Washington, D.C. sued the U.S. for the torture and homicide of Hernández Rojas. In November 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) decided not to prosecute or file felony murder charges against eight U.S. Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection agents including four supervisors who watched and encouraged the deadly abuse of Hernández Rojas at the San Ysidro Port-of-entry crossing for lack of evidence. 
The DOJ said, during a court hearing claimed that the agents involved used reasonable force to subdue Hernández Rojas. It was later discovered that 15 to 25 border patrol agents participated while others watched Hernández Rojas get beaten, kicked and tased repeatedly while in handcuffs at the U.S. border crossing.
Hernández Rojas pleaded for help and for the agents to stop beating and who were repeatedly tasering him as dozens of witnesses watched, video recorded captured images of the incident from the border bridge crossing.
The ICE and Border Protection agents later confiscated witnesses cellphones, deleted videos and photos to cover up the brutal beating. The agents didn't even file reports that at least 30 witnesses were present during the incident. The witnesses were also dispersed from the scene in an attempt to cover up the brutal beating and homicide of Hernández Rojas. Only three witnesses were later interviewed by San Diego police who investigated the case.
A cellphone video later surfaced showing the border patrol agents beating and tazering Hernández Rojas multiple times who pleaded for help. 
The ICHR is the only human rights international commission that has jurisdiction and authority to hear an individual complaint against the U.S. for human rights violations.
In an interview with Democracy Now, Roxanna Altholz, an international human rights lawyer and scholar, including an associate director at the University of California-Berkeley's International Human Rights Law Clinic said, that since Hernández Rojas murder in 2010 by border patrol agents, at least 40 to 50 undocumented immigrants have been killed by agents and none of the border patrol agents involved have been held accountable or brought to justice.
The San Diego Medical Examiner's Office classified Hernández Rojas death as a homicide. Hernández Rojas autopsy revealed that he had five broken ribs, had suffered from a lack of oxygen to his brain for 8 minutes causing brain dead as a result of a heart attack attributed to the beating and taser's electrical shocks, had abrasions/contusions to the face, arms and legs including a large hematoma.
Judge M. James Lorenz of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California on September 29, 2014 determined that the U.S. Border Patrol agents identified as Phillip Krasielwicz, Gabriel Ducoing and Derrick Llewellyn; Immigration Enforcement Agents Harinzo Naraisnesingh and Andre Piligrino; Customs and Border Protection Officers Kurt Sauer and agent Allen Boutwell; Border Patrol Supervisors Ishmael Finn, Guillermo E. Avila and Edward C. Caliri, and Custom and Border Protection Supervisor Ramon De Jesús were responsible or contributed to Hernández Rojas death in 2010.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Waukegan Mayoral Candidates Lisa May And Sam Cunningham Seek The Latino Vote

Both candidates May and Cunningham have launched a citywide campaign to attract the Latino vote, which could become the deciding voting block to elect the next mayor of Waukegan.

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

March 24, 2017

Waukegan, Illinois - On Friday, Waukegan mayoral candidates Lisa May and Sam Cunningham who are both current members of the City Common Council went on Radio Latina 5.0 and WPJX 1500 AM to let the Latino voting population know where they stand on sanctuary or safe cities for undocumented immigrants during an interview by Raúl Ventura Ortiz, the radio host. May's campaign doesn't seem to take the Latino voting block for granted and has been distributing bilingual political literature to reach Spanish and English-speaking voters, which says, "We must embrace Waukegan's diversity because it is one of our greatest strenghts. I stand united with our Latino community, for our future, for the future of Waukegan...she "will fight to defend Waukegan's DREAMers and their families because they are our community's future." May who is running as an independent candidate explained that City officials and police officers will not participate in immigration enforcement, if elected as Mayor. May says that Waukegan will continue operate with all the same policies and protections as a sanctuary city, under her administration, if elected Mayor, immigrants will not be asked for immigration status if you are calling for services. Her biggest fear would be, if someone would not call for services for fear of being deported resulting with the separation of families, according to May. May is a first generation daughter of an immigrant and understands what an immigrant father living a small apartment goes through to support his family. She confirmed that she doesn't want to pass a resolution to officially make Waukegan a sanctuary city, but Waukegan will operate as a sanctuary city, if elected.
May's believes that a sanctuary city makes a false assumption that it is a safe city and if the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decides to go to any city like L.A. and Chicago to conduct raids, they can do so to enforce federal immigration laws. Secondly, becoming a sanctuary city puts a target for ICE to conduct raids, according to May who promised to make sure Waukegan becomes a safe city and services are offered to everyone regardless of immigration status.
May's father immigrated to the U.S. as young man from Yugoslavia.
May is vigorously campaigning to attract more than 9,000 eligible registered Latino voters before the April 4th election.
Cunningham on the other hand told Ventura Ortiz that he also is in support of a safe city for immigrants and will make sure immigrants are not discriminated and should get city services as well. Cunningham who is a Democrat said that he was one of two city aldermen that opposed the 287(g) years ago and he did it because it was wrong. He also agrees with May that police, the fire department and city workers will not share information about undocumented students or their parents to the feds. The City of Waukegan will operate as a sanctuary city, even if it won't be officially recognized as one, according to Cunningham, if elected Mayor. He told Latino students at the debate at Radio Latino that he would promise to address issues that affect the community because we can't be in control by Washington, D.C., Springfield (the State Capitol legislature) or county and need to work together to make Waukegan the greatest community on the face of the earth. 
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.

Video: Lisa May and Sam Cunningham make their stand in making Waukegan a safe city for undocumented immigrants and their families.

Thursday, March 23, 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:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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.
According to the criminal complaint, an argument resulting from an accusation by Kerner that someone had tried to put his hands on her ignited an altercation. Baker who was inside Kerner's home asked what was happening. Then argument between Baker and Henderson followed and Baker made a phone call to get some people to come over and handle the situation. But Henderson got upset because Baker had called for other people to get involved in the argument. Then, Henderson took out a .22 Caliber handgun and pointed it at Baker, telling him that he would shoot him. At that time, Kerner's brother who had previously given the gun to Henderson tried to keep Henderson from shooting Baker and pulled Henderson's arm causing the handgun to fire and a bullet struck Baker in the stomach.
Henderson then fled the scene, but police were able to get fingerprints from a beer can to identify Henderson, since Kerner and her brother wouldn't cooperate with police in identifying that Henderson had shot Baker.
Baker is survived by four children.

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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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

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 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:

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


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%

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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.