Thursday, July 24, 2014

Darryl Morin, Interim LULAC VP-Midwest Wants 54,000 Of Undocumented Children To Remain In The U.S.

Darryl Morin, Margaret Moran, Rosa Rosales, Manuel Rendon and Mickie Luna

LULAC has launched a nationwide campaign to allow more than 54,000 of undocumented children to stay in the U.S.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 24, 2014

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, Darryl Morin, the interim LULAC Vice President-Midwest announced at a Southside community event that LULAC has launched a nationwide partnership to allow more than 54,000 of undocumented children to stay in the U.S. under refugee status. Morin doesn't believe that the children should be quickly deported without legal representation by the Obama administration to their crime ridden countries. The Obama administration is expecting more than 80,000 of unaccompanied children from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to cross into the U.S. illegally. 
On Tuesday, the Obama administration deported 13 children and 7 mothers including adults in three full planes to Guatemala, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed.
Morin wants to find sponsors to help temporarily house hundreds of children expected to arrive in Milwaukee from Texas during ICE processing for removal.
LULAC's action to help the unaccompanied children to seek refugee status and avoid deportation is expected to spread to foreign countries igniting another wave of thousands of undocumented children escaping poverty and crime in an attempt to enter the U.S. for a piece of the American dream. Morin and Nancy Hernández were selected as the King and Queen during this year's dinner event held by the Latino Carnival Parade 2014 organizers and sponsorship of LULAC at the Wherehouse Nightclub.
Morin made headlines last week after he resigned from the LULAC National Board due to controversial elections at the 85th LULAC National Convention in New York on July 12. Moran wouldn't accept his resignation because she needed his support to illegally extend her term as National President and three other members, Rosa Rosales, Manuel Rendon and Mickie Luna to continue in control of the LULAC non-profit organization. 
Luis Roberto Vera Jr.who was appointed as Election Judge by Moran decided to postpone the LULAC National elections after getting a TRO in NY ordering Vera Jr., Moran and Manuel G. Escobar Jr., the National Legal Advisor from using Rules 12 to 21 in an attempt to influence the elections. It's the first time in LULAC's 85th history that elections had been suspended at a national convention.
About 825 delegates, including four former LULAC National Presidents took over the Assembly, reconvene and elected Maggie Rivera from Crystal Lake, Illinois as the new LULAC National President who defeated Roger C. Rocha Jr. from Laredo, Texas. Morin, who ran unopposed for VP-Midwest was re-elected, but had left the Assembly along with Vera Jr. and Moran. Vera Jr. told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that "there were no elections."
Moran, Rosales, Rendon and Luna have expired their four one-year terms on July 12 and can no longer serve as LULAC National officers as cited in the LULAC Constitution. Rosales and Elia Mendoza, including Vera Jr. as their attorney filed a TRO in San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County) enjoining Rivera and other National officers from taking office and to stop sending out correspondence concerning LULAC election results. Numerous LULAC Councils in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. have come out publicly recognizing Rivera as their new National President and a campaign to oust Moran, Rosales, Rendon and Luna has been launched this week.
The New York TRO hearing is scheduled for Monday, July 28 to see, if Vera Jr., Moran and Escobar Jr. violated the TRO order. The Texas TRO hearing is set for August 1.

Darryl Morin's comments on unaccompanied children being deported at link:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two Albuquerque Homeless Men Fatally Beaten By Three Teens

Alex Rios, Gilbert Tofoya and Nathaniel Carrillo

Teens charged with two counts of murder each in connection with the brutal murder of two homeless men.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 23, 2014

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Three teens, Alex Rios, 18, Gilbert Tafoya, 15, and Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, were charged with two felony counts each for murder of two homeless men. In addition, Rios was charged with conspiracy to commit felony murder and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, three counts of battery and one count each with tampering with evidence and robbery.
The three suspects were arrested where both Carrillo and Tofoya live. The two young teens are brothers, but don't share the same last name. Police found a debit card and a license belonging to one of the victims at the home. Tofoya was still wearing clothing with blood on it when he was taken onto custody.
The suspects told police that they covered their faces with t-shirts and then beat the victims with sticks, a baseball bat and smashed their faces with a cinder block.
A $5M dollar bail was set for each suspect. If convicted on both charges, each of the suspects is facing two life terms in prison. Both Carrillo and Tofoya are charged as adults. 
The faces of the two victims were so badly disfigured beyond recognition that police are having a difficult time identifying them. The bodies of both homeless men were found last Saturday around 8:00 a.m. in a vacant lot adjacent to where the two of the youngest teens reside.
The two victims were killed and a third victim, Jerome Eskeets was able to escape a fatal beating. Eskeets was taken to a local hospital and was treated for injuries. He told police that one of the suspects that beat him lived at a nearby home where the bodies were found, according to the criminal complaint. Tofoya told police that he had broken with his girlfriend and got mad, so they all decided to go out and beat up homeless people. He also confessed that they have also beaten at least 50 other homeless people in the area. Police are also seeking information about other possible victims as well.
The suspects were identified as Navajo and Native Americans by another homeless man, Emerson Roanhorse, 62, who told police that he witnessed the attack.

Undocumented Central Americans Being Stop In Southern Mexico To Check For Visas

Crackdown on undocumented immigrants initiated in Southern Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 23, 2014

Southern Mexico - The latest initiative by Mexican immigration agents in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico to stop and check for legal documents from suspected undocumented immigrants and unaccompanied children from Central America attempting to board buses at the Ado Bus Central Station. 
Ruben Figueroa, a immigration rights activists in Mexico posted a photo on his Facebook account depicting Mexican federal immigration agents checking for legal visas from suspected undocumented Central Americans attempting to board bus into the interior of Mexico.
The Mexican government deployed hundreds of Federal Police, Immigration agents, military and marines to stop the illegal crossings by Salvadoran, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Guatemalan children into Mexico from the Guatemala border.
The Mexican government has launched a Southern border crackdown of illegal crossings into Mexico and are deporting those found not to have the proper visas to be in the country. It is now prohibited for undocumented immigrants to ride in La Bestia (Beast) freight train for their protection, also known at the train of death.
Gangs and drug cartels extort thousands of immigrants and collect at least $300 dollars from each one to ride the freight train between Chiapas, Tabasco, Veracruz and Tamaulipas on their to the U.S. border. Immigrants are raped, thrown off the train and killed, if they don't pay a quota.
The Mexican government immigration operation has actually affected and began to cut into the multimillion profit making by criminal organizations, gangs, corrupt police, immigration agents and government local, state and federal public elected officials, including government judicial and bureaucracy workers in the area.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Murder Suspect Killed And Two Edinburg Police Officers Reported Shot

After nearly a four stand-off, a Texas gang member suspected of murdering a Mexican national is killed after shooting two Edinburg police officers.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 22, 2014

La Joya, Texas - On Tuesday, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra confirmed during a news conference shortly before 9:00 p.m. that Joaquin Cibrian, 29, had been killed during a shootout and stand-off in a La Joya neighborhood.  Cibrian, a Syndicate gang member was wanted by the Edinburg Police Department for capitol murder in connection with the death of Gerardo Omar Melendez Verdin, 19, a Mexican national whose body was discovered in the property of a vacant home in Edinburg.
Cibrian allegedly shot several Edinburg police officers while they attempted to serve a warrant in La Joya for the murder of Verdin. The wounded officers were removed from the scene after police were able to reach them and provide cover for their extraction from the area. They were taken to local hospital for treatment. 
Dramatic video of the multiple shootouts and the stand-off was posted on Facebook by Edwin Gonzalez as it was unfolding and ended with the death of Cibrian. Gonzalez lives several houses from where Cibrian had barricaded himself and warned police that he had planted explosives inside the home. The McAllen Police bomb squad assisted at the scene.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the standoff and shootings were, the Edinburg Police Department, La Joya Police, McAllen Police, Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Border Patrol, Texas Rangers and U.S. Marshal's Service.

Edwin Gonzalez's La Joya shootout video posted on Facebook:

Defecation At Gurnee's Six Flags Skull Island Pool Caused Closure

Six Flags was forced to shut down the Skull Island pool after someone defacated.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 22, 2014

Gurnee, Illinois - On Saturday, Six Flags officials were forced to shut down the Skull Island pool after someone defacated. A family was turned away around 4:00 p.m. and people were not allowed to the area.
Also on Sunday, Katy Enrique, the spokeswoman for Six Flags Great America confirmed, that power was restored in affected areas that caused rides to stop. The power outage was reported around 7:30 p.m. just three hours before closing on Saturday night and all the people affected were safely unloaded from several rides, according to Enrique.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) reported previously that all the warning signs of danger  at Gurnee's Six Flags are only posted in English and lack signs in Spanish to warn the hundreds of Spanish speaking people that attend Great America daily.

Thousands Of Palestinian Supporters In Chicago Protest The Israel Attack On The Gaza

Palestine supporters have staged protests in Chicago against the continued bombing assault in the Gaza.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 22, 2014

Chicago, Illinois - On Tuesday, thousands of Palestine supporters marched along the Citibank on Madison Street in Chicago in protest of the Israel continued assault on the Gaza. Israel began bombarding the Gaza after peace talks failed and fighting among Palestinians and Israelis ignited.
The protests were initiated over the weekend nationally and continued in Chicago today. The U.S. provides about $3B in aid to Israel. The U.S. Senate Appropriation Defense Committee recently approved $351M totaling so far $621M geared for Israel's Iron Dome missile system.
The protesting in Chicago are calling for Israel to stop the bombing of the Gaza and occupation, which has claimed many lives, especially civilian casualties on both sides. More than 100 civilians, mostly Palestinian women and children has been killed by the Israeli bombings in the Gaza.
Pro-Israel rallies have been also held in support of the Israeli government and there actions to continue the bombings of the Gaza.

On Tuesday,  Palestinian supporters in Chicago were counter protesting pro-Israel supporters from the a Zionist organization "Stand with Us" who held a rally in front of the Israeli Consulate at the 500 block of Madison St. around noon. Palestinian supporters staged a die-in as mock scene.  The rallies were peaceful and no arrests were reported.

Campaign To Oust Four LULAC Executive Committee Members Initiated

Margaret Moran, Rosa Rosales, Manuel Rendon and Mickie Luna

Delegates of the 85th LULAC National Convention and members of numerous LULAC Councils have begun a campaign to oust four members of the Executive Committee who have served out their four one-year terms and continue to serve in violation of the LULAC Constitution.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. - 0ver the weekend, the LULAC National Executive Committee met in Washington and decided to extend the terms of four members, despite a clear violation of its own organization's Constitution. Delegates from the 85th LULAC National Convention and members from numerous LULAC Councils around the country began a national campaign to oust Margaret Moran, serving as LULAC National President; Rosa Rosales, serving as Past National President, Manuel Rendon, serving as National Vice President of Young Adults and Mickie Luna, serving as National Vice President-Farwest. Moran, Rosales, Rendon and Luna are accused of illegally serving in the Executive Committee after serving out their four one-year terms by the LULAC convention delegates, LULAC membership and Voice of the Mainland (VM), a blog exclusively used to post LULAC's activities. Moran currently makes about $60,000 a year plus travel expenses, accommodations and other benefits.
Last week, Darryl Morin, who was the National Vice President-Midwest sent his resignation claiming that he wanted to spend more time with his family and mention that he was not happy about what happened at the National Convention regarding the Assembly elections. The elections were postpone by Election Judge Luis Roberto Vera Jr. after a TRO was filed on Friday, July 11 and then provided to LULAC executives just before the elections the next day. Vera Jr. under the recommendation by Moran and National Legal Council Manuel Escobar did postponed the elections after taking a two hour recess, failed to reconvene or adjourn the Assembly. The delegates reconvene without Vera Jr. or Moran because they had left the Assembly. They elected an interim National President, picked an Election Judge and parliamentarian to proceed with the elections. A whole new slate of candidates were elected by the delegates including Maggie Rivera from Crystal Lake, Illinois, who won the LULAC National President leadership position and Morin who ran unopposed was re-elected as Vice President-Midwest. But Morin resigned the following Monday and on Wednesday decided to continue as VP-Midwest after he was convinced by Moran to stay on and that she wouldn't accept his resignation because she needed his deciding vote to remain in office illegally after serving out her term. 
The TRO filed in Bronx County, New York was issued to prevent Vera Jr. who told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. that there "were no elections" from using Rules 12 to 21, which would allow him to actively prevent a fair election and allow Roger C. Rocha Jr. to get elected, according to the delegates. Vera Jr.'s postponement of the elections would allow the Executive Committee members and the LULAC National Board to continue serving after their term ended on July 12.
It's the first time in LULAC's 85th history that elections have been suspended at an annual national convention. A hearing on the New York TRO is set for July 28.
Rivera won the election by 60% (800 votes) of the delegate vote after quorum (825 delegates) was confirmed to continue with the elections. More than 1600 delegates had been registered and verify to vote at the 85th LULAC National Convention. Delegates were required to show a valid photo ID in order to vote, even though the LULAC Constitution or By-laws don't require it. Moran and Vera Jr. imposed the photo ID rule at the Convention.  
Some delegates in support of Rocha Jr. decided to leave the Assembly after Vera Jr. announced the postponement of the elections, but a majority of delegates stayed and reconvene the election process guaranteed by the LULAC Constitution and By-laws.
Vera Jr., and Moran are accused of conspiring in an attempt to get Rocha Jr. from Laredo, Texas elected, but since Rocha Jr. didn't have the expected turn out of delegates the elections were postponed in order to for Moran to remain in power and control of the LULAC organization.
Rosales and Elia Mendoza filed a TRO in Bexar County, Texas to prevent Rivera and other newly elected National officers from disseminating information to the membership about the election results from the Convention and accused them of trying to takeover the LULAC organization, regardless of them being active candidates for national leadership positions. 
VM also reported that over the weekend, Moran and Rosales attempted to get the Executive Committee members to approve about $120,000 to pay for Hilton Hotel rooms that were reserved for Rocha Jr.'s delegates who failed to show up. The rooms remained vacant and couldn't be rented out. The Committee didn't approve for Brent Wilkes, the executive director of the National LULAC to pay for Rocha Jr. delegates hotel bill, according to VM.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has attempted to contact Moran to comment about her taking over LULAC and not recognizing the elections that took place at the Convention in New York City to no avail. HNNUSA has also reached out to Rocha Jr., Morin and Rosales for comment, but was unsuccessful. 
Rosales and Mendoza's TRO against Rivera and others is expected to be heard on August 1 in Bexar County by Judge Larry Noll. They filed in Bexar County in San Antonio hoping that their influence and connections in the Bexar judicial system can be favorable to their TRO, according to delegates.
LULAC was established in Texas and members from Texas have been reluctant to allow traditional Mexican desent and Puerto Rican members from other states to become National LULAC Presidents, other than a Mexican-American. LULAC is not owned by any particular individual, but its entire membership, voting delegates and the majority under a democracy system who get to choose the direction and future of said organization. 

Please note: 

The National LULAC Constitution, By-laws and Protocol.  Article VIII. National Officers. Section 6. Tenure of Elected Office.Subsection c. A National Officer may serve in the same office for four terms, consecutively or intermittently, if duly elected to such office, but in no case may an officer be elected to the same office for more than four one-year terms. Any move to draft or otherwise impose on the League a person who has exhausted his eligibility to hold the same office for more than the stipulated terms shall be deemed a gross violation of this Constitution.