Sunday, December 9, 2018

Las tarifas de membresía del Club de Migrantes Nueva Visión generan miles de dólares solo en Milwaukee para el servicio de procesamiento de visas

La organización sin fines de lucro conocida como Familia Club de Migrantes Nueva Visión está cobrando y atrayendo a un gran número de miembros que pagan entre $100 y $500 de dólares cada uno para unirse a la organización con la esperanza de obtener una visa para familiares que viajen a los Estados Unidos como turistas.

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

9 de diciembre del 2018

Milwaukee, WI - El domingo, cientos de latinos comenzaron a formarse alrededor de las 7:00 a.m. en 16 grados, condiciones secas de invierno fuera de las instalaciones para banquetes y conferencias de Candela's en la cuadra 2500 de W. National Ave. para inscribirse en una membresía del Club de Migrantes Nueva Visión (CMNV) por $100 a $500 dólares cada uno con la esperanza de obtener una visa para familiares que puedan ingresar a los Estados Unidos. La actual presidente de CMNV es Christian "Chris" Palacios, una abogada de México. Palacios y su grupo viajan por los EE. UU. para promocionar sus servicios a su membresía, lo que incluye el procesamiento y la solicitud de visas para que ciertos familiares obtengan visas de turista para viajar a los EE. UU por su membresía pagada.

Palacios informó a aquellos que se reúnen en las reuniones programadas y que desean pagar una membresía por un servicio que no garantiza que un miembro de la familia de la membresía pagada realmente obtenga una visa. Además, se requiere una tarifa de $50 dólares en la parte superior de la tarifa de membresía de $100 dólares, que está orientada para el empaquetado del documentos informativos enviado a CMNV, según Palacios.

Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) asistió a la reunión de CMNV en Milwaukee el domingo y estimó que se generaron más de $45 mil dólares en efectivo de las nuevas membresías de CMNV, sin incluir la tarifa de $50 para el envío de paquetes de información por correo. Aquellos que soliciten membresías deben estar presentes en las reuniones programadas para poder unirse al club CMNV pagando por adelantado.

El costo de la membresía es de $100 para México y $500 para Guatemala, El Salvador y Honduras por cada persona registrada por el miembro con la esperanza de obtener una posible visa. Si la persona o personas no califican, no hay reembolso de la membresía, pero aquellos que se convierten en miembros obtienen ciertos descuentos en algunos negocios locales participantes.

Entonces, ¿cuál es la tasa de éxito de CMNV para cada reunión programada para cobrar las tarifas de membresía de aquellos que se unen a la organización y les gustaría que sus familiares o miembros de las familias obtuvieran una visa? Las siguientes son las estadísticas de la cuenta de la página CMNV Facebook (FB).

• El 18 de mayo del 2018, CMNV informó en su página de Facebook que entre octubre de 2017 y mayo de 2018, al menos 350 familias se unieron.

• El 14 de octubre de 2018, CMNV informó que se aprobaron entre 842 visas entre julio de 2017 y octubre de 2018.

• El 11 de octubre de 2018, CMNV informó que al menos 121 visas fueron aprobadas por los EE. UU. Para personas de Michocan, Jalisco y Morelos, cuyos destinos eran a Missouri, Washington, Minnesota, Chicago y Wisconsin.

• El 19 de octubre de 2018, CMNV informó que al menos 40 personas de Veracruz y Oaxaca tenían sus visas aprobadas para viajar a Milwaukee como turistas.

• El 6 de octubre, el CMNV informó que un Cónsul en una Embajada de los Estados Unidos aprobó 195 visas para personas de diferentes estados mexicanos que viajaran en enero de 2018 a Minnesota, Chicago, Carolina del Norte, Washington, Wisconsin y Missouri por un total de 1,225 visas aprobadas desde 2017.

• Los miembros de CMNV que pagan tarifas con la esperanza de obtener una visa para miembros de la familia también tendrían que pagar $2 mil dólares  adicionales en costos de vuelo, pasaporte mexicano requerido para miembros de la familia, transporte, seguro médico y vitrinas de reunión familiar en diferentes estados y ciudades. Palacios confirmo que "...que ese dinero es de los gastos de los familiares, no es un cobro para nosotros."

La reunión de Milwaukee el domingo en Southside atrajo a al menos 1,000 personas, la mayoría de las cuales se registraron como miembros del CMNV. Los totales reales de cuántas personas se registran en cada reunión alrededor de los Estados Unidos no están disponibles por CMNV ni se publican en la página de FB.

Según Palacios, CMNV no está afiliado a ninguna agencia gubernamental y su personal en reuniones está trabajando como voluntarios.

CMNV dice que otros grupos cobran más de $5 mil dólares por el mismo servicio de solicitud de visas.

CMNV como una organización sin fines de lucro registrada en Minnesota, sus miembros tienen el derecho de pedir transparencia y rendición de cuentas de los fondos generados en el comportamiento de la organización.

Página de Facebook del Club de Migrantes Nueva Visión: https://bit.ly/2EkZuJD


Video: Chris Palacios explica las cuotas de membresía y el proceso de visa https://youtu.be/tdBGEHoh7Ns


Club de Migrantes Nueva Visión Membership Fees Generate Thousands Of Dollars In Milwaukee Alone For Visa Processing Service 

Non-profit organization known as Familia Club de Migrants Nueva Visión is cashing in and attracting large numbers of members who pay between $100 to $500 each to join the organization in the hopes of getting certain family members a visa to travel into the U.S. as tourists.

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

December 9, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Sunday, hundreds of Latinos began to line up around 7:00 a.m. in 16 degree Winter dry conditions outside of the Candela's Banquet and Conference Facility in the 2500 block of W. National Ave. to sign up for a Club de Migrantes Nueva Visión (CMNV) membership for $100 to $500 each in the hopes to get certain family members a visa to get into the U.S. The current president of CMNV is Christian "Chris" Palacios, an attorney from Mexico. Palacios and her group travel around the U.S. to promote their services, which includes the processing and applying for visas for certain family members to get tourist visas to travel to the U.S. for its paid membership.
Palacios does inform those that gather at the scheduled gatherings and who want to pay a membership for a service that is not guarantee that a family member of the paid membership will actually get a visa. Also, a $50 dollar fee is required on top of the $100 membership fee, which is geared for info document packaging send to CMNV, according to Palacios.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) went to the CMNV Milwaukee gathering on Sunday and estimated that more than $45K in cash of new CMNV memberships not including the $50 fee for mailing info packaging was generated. Those applying for memberships have to be present at the scheduled gatherings in order to join the CMNV club by paying up front.
The membership cost is $100 for Mexico and $500 for Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras for each person that is registered by the member in the hopes that they will get a possible visa. If the person or persons don't qualify, there is no reimbursement of the membership, but those that become members do get certain discounts at some local participating businesses.
So, what is the success rate of CMNV for each scheduled gathering to collect fees for membership by those joining the org who would like their relatives or families members to get a visa? The following is stats from the CMNV Facebook (FB) page account.

• On May 18, 2018, CMNV reported on their Facebook page that between October 2017 thru May 2018, at least 350 families were united. 

• On October 14, 2018, CMNV reported that between 842 visas were approved between July 2017 thru October 2018. 

• On October 11, 2018, CMNV reported that at least 121 visas were approved by the U.S. for people from Michocan, Jalisco and Morelos, which their destinations were to Missouri, Washington, Minnesota, Chicago and Wisconsin.

• On October 19, 2018, CMNV reported that at least 40 people from Veracruz and Oaxaca had their visas approved to travel to Milwaukee as tourists.

• On October 6, CMNV reported that a Consul in an American Embassy approved 195 visas for people from different Mexican states traveling on January 2018 to Minnesota, Chicago, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin and Missouri totaling 1,225 visas approved since 2017.

• CMNV members who pay fees in the hopes to get family members a visa would also have to pay at $2K in extra for flight costs, required Mexican passport for family members, transportation, medical insurance and family reuniting showcases in different states and cities. Palacios confirmed that "... this money is the expenses of the relatives, it is not a charge for us."

The Milwaukee gathering on Sunday in Southside attracted at least 1,000 people, which most registered as members of the CMNV. Actual totals of how many people do register at each gathering around the U.S. are not available by CMNV nor posted on the FB page.
According to Palacios, CMNV is not affiliated with any government agency and their staff at gatherings are working as volunteers.
CMNV says that other groups charge more than $5K for the same visa application service.
CMNV as a non-profit registered in Minnesota, its paid members have a right to ask for transparency and accountability of funds generated on behave of the organization.

Club de Migrantes Nueva Visión Facebook page: https://bit.ly/2EkZuJD


Video: Chris Palacios explains membership fees and the visa process https://youtu.be/tdBGEHoh7Ns

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Emmanuel Sanchez Found Guilty For The August 2017 Homicide Of Crystal Leopold

Sanchez had a four year restraining order against him before stabbing Leopold to death in 2017.

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

December 2, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Emmanuel Sanchez, 28, of West Allis was found guilty for one felony count of 1st-degree intentional homicide and a misdemeanor for violating a no contact restraining order for the August 11 stabbing death of Crystal Leopold, 24. Sanchez is facing life in prison with no parole when he is sentenced in February 2019.
According to the criminal complaint, Leopold filed a restraining order against Sanchez and Sanchez was ordered to stay away from Leopold for four years. Apparently, Sanchez couldn't stay away and became jealous when Leopold began to date. Sanchez went to Leopold's apartment near the 2500 block of W. Orchard St. and began to attack Leopold with a butcher knife.
A male witness who moved in with Leopold heard her screams coming from the bathroom and when he went to check, he saw Sanchez on top of Leopold. He pulled Sanchez off Leopold and took him out of the apartment. Sanchez then fled from the scene and when the male witness went back to check on Leopold, he saw a butcher knife stuck to her chest. He attempted to help Leopold, but she died at the scene, according to police.
The male witness told police that he and a woman recently moved in with Leopold to help her out.
Sanchez was later arrested near the 3800 block of W. Lincoln Ave. by police after his brother called 911 when Sanchez told him that he had stabbed Leopold with a butcher knife.
Leopold and Sanchez had a history of domestic violence in their relationship, at one time Sanchez tried to strangle Leopold.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Jose Aviles Among Ten Inducted To The Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall Of Fame

Aviles from Aviles Plastics is a successful entrepreneur and has been coaching soccer for more than 17 years, which he was inducted among 10 other recipients to the Wisconsin Soccer Association.

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

December 1, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, Jose Aviles, a long time soccer enthusiast and a coach for more than 17 years was recognized and inducted to the Wisconsin Soccer Association (WSA) Hall of Fame Inductees during the WSA 104th Anniversary on their 36th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet dinner at the Buena Vista Hall. Aviles is the former Club Latino (1979-1986) Youth Teams U-7, U-10, also coached for the St. Mary's Academy (1989-1999), St. Roman's Catholic Church soccer team,  and was the assistant coach at the St. Thomas More High School, according to the WSA.
Other inductees to the WSA Hall of Fame in 2018 are Jim Bishop, Wladyslaw Drobny, Alan Firth, Mirko Jakircevic, Mihailo Jovanovic, Kris Klassen, Bohdan Nedilsky, John Riccardi and Milan Vucicevic, were selected by the WSA Hall of Fame Committee.
Recipients for the 2018 Meritorious Award were Dave Faulds Jr., Richard Firth and Ivan Jakircevic.
The late Mike Dillett Family received the 2018 Mike Kabanica Memorial WSA Club/Family Recognition Award.
The current President of the WSA is William Sandoval who in 2007 was inducted to the WSA Hall of Fame. The WSA was established in 1914.

In history, Paulo Borda from Chile was the first President of the Club Latino, which joined the WSA in 1970 in order to participate in soccer game competitions and major league championships in Wisconsin.

The following are Club Latino WSA Inductees to the Hall of Fame since 1999:

• Enrique Barbosa Perches (1999)
• William Sandoval (2007) and current WSA President
• Fernando Campos (2012)
• Jesus Santos (2013)
• Ramiro Alvarez (2014)
• Rodrigo Diaz and Cipriano Sanchez (2015)
• Fredy Canales and Hernan Quintero (2016)
• Antonio Lopez and Luis Veloz (2017)
• Jose Aviles (2018)




Thursday, November 29, 2018

Milwaukee Common Council And Mayor Approved Sale Of The Former Forest Home Library Building To Voces de la Frontera For $450K

City records online confirmed that the Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor Tom Barrett have approved the sale of the former Forest Home Library building to Voces de la Frontera for $450K on early November.

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

November 29, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Department of City Development (DCD) is currently awaiting for Voces de la Frontera's (VDLF) Board to authorize the final ownership signature of the former Forest Home Library at 1432 W. Forest Home Ave. The Milwaukee Common Council on November 5th, 2018 approved the sale of the vacant building to VDLF for $450K and Mayor Tom Barrett approved the sale on November 9th. The vacant library building was being offered for $650K by the City, but Lyon Realty, as a Broker agent representing VDLF in the negotiations managed to get the City to accept a lower proposed buying bid of $450K. VDLF was the only entity to offer a proposal to buy the one level building, which includes about 30 parking spaces.
VDLF is expected to close the deal by the end of the year and move into the former Forest Home Library building by the Spring of 2019, according to testimony at the City Planning Commission hearing by VDLF on October 22, 2018 and testimony provided (video minute 28:20) by Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera to the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee on October 30, 2018. Neumann-Ortiz also confirmed to the Committee that VDLF will rent out several office spaces to interested parties.
VDLF has said that it will spend at least $100K in renovating the interior of the building, according to the DCD. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Laurene Gramling Lambach, CEO of UNISON Facing Charges For Embezzlement

Lambach was taken into custody by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.

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

November 22, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Tuesday, deputies from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office arrested Laurene Gramling Lambach, 60, the President and CEO of UNISON, a non-profit organization that provides social services for the elderly. Lambach is facing charges for embezzlement including misappropriation of funds.
Lambach was suspended from her duties by the Board of Directors from the organization pending the outcome of the investigation by authorities.  
Unison released the following statement, "This came as a shock to everyone here at UNISON, and we're taking this matter very seriously. Laurie Lambach has been suspended from her role as President and CEO until all the facts have been gathered." 
"With the support of the UNISON board, Vice President of Program Services Cathy Young and Interim CFO Jessica Horning will serve as Acting co- executive directors. UNISON remains committed to its mission of fostering healthier communities and service to our clients and members will not be disrupted.
"We are committed to transparency and the integrity of our operation and mission."

Filed court documents: Link for affidavit and search warrants in the Lambach case: https://bit.ly/2FUcKqm


Friday, November 16, 2018

Theresa A. Plascencia, Waukegan Public School District 60 Superintendent Allegedly Makes False Police Report Against Community Activist Margaret Carrasco




Waukegan police investigated an alleged threatening and harassment complaint reported by Theresa A. Plascencia, the Waukegan Public School District 60 Superintendent against education community activist Margaret Carrasco, which apparently turned out to be false, according to police.

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

November 16, 2018

Waukegan, Illinois - A Waukegan police life threatening and harassment incident report #18-64522 released to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) on Friday indicates that Theresa Ann Plascencia, 48, the Waukegan Public School District 60 Superintendent allegedly accused education community activist Margaret Carrasco and her husband Thomas of making life threats and harassing her at the Canoa Restaurant on Wednesday night, which apparently turned out to be a false claim, according to police. Carrasco also released a photo of Waukegan police at her residence investigating Plascencia's allegations, which Carrasco denied Plascencia's accusations and told police that she and her husband did not make any such threats nor harassed Plascencia and her party of four, which included her son and Plascencia's boyfriend, Cyrus McGinnis at the table. Carrasco accused Plascencia of making a false police report.
According to Carrasco, police were ready to arrest her and her husband on Plascencia's allegations, but Carrasco managed to contact the owner of the Canoa Restaurant to get permission for her and police to review the restaurant video surveillance footage inside the restaurant. A Canoa Restaurant manager met police and the Carrascos at the restaurant to review the videos, which showed that the Carrascos never went to Plascencia's table to engage in a threatening or harassing manner towards Plascencia and her companions at the restaurant.
In one video released to HNNUSA, it shows several of Carrasco's female companions taking a photo and in the background you can notice Plascencia's party at a table. On the second video, Thomas in a red jacket went by the Plascencia's table while a person seating with Plascencia with no hair on the lower left side of the video images looks at Thomas and Carrasco including her party leaving their table without going close to Plascencia's table.
Carrasco confirmed to HNNUSA on Friday that she will be filing a complaint against Plascencia for making a false police report with the Illinois State Attorney's Office in Waukegan. Plascencia and the Waukegan Public School Board is facing criticism from Carrasco for raising property taxes and a Board meeting will take place next week to discuss the property tax approved proposal by the school district board.
Last Tuesday, the Waukegan School Board 60 (WSB60) voted 6-1 to raise property taxes with School Board member Miguel Rivera voting not to raise a property tax levy of $63.6M, including a $53.6M for operating expenses. The WSB60 also applied for its $6 3M share from the $50M set aside by the State of Illinois for the new property tax relief grant program. The state will decide in January 2019, which Illinois school districts will receive the tax relief grants.
Plascencia on Thursday filed an Order of Protection (Stalking No Contact Order - SNCO) against Carrasco, but a Waukegan judge denied her filing request, according to court records.
According to the SNCO, case #18OP00002153, Plascencia might have committed perjury because she wrote on the document dated 11/15/2018 and signed it, that the Carrascos had arrived at the Canoa Restaurant after she and her companions did, which inside video surveillance footage from the restaurant indicates that Carrasco had been inside the restaurant at least an hour before Plascencia arrived. Also Plascencia indicated in the SNCO that she had 4 witnesses to the incident including her 8-year-old son who apparently was crying all night and too traumatized to attend school. According to Waukegan Public School sources, Plascencia's son did actually attend school the next day. If Plascencia's witnesses actually verify what she falsely accused the Carrascos of doing, then they too could be facing felony criminal charges as Plascencia for making false allegations to police against the Carrascos.
Plascencia is currently under investigation by the state attorney's office for allegedly using the Waukegan Public School District 60 credit card account for personal purchases.





Update: On Friday, both Thomas Carrasco (police report #2018-64857) and Margaret Carrasco (police report #2018-64859) filed a complaint with Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles against Theresa Plascencia, Oscar Zepeda, Cyrus McGinnis and two other individuals in regards of making a false police report #18-64522 accusing Thomas and Margaret Carrasco of harassment and threatening Plascencia at the Canoa Restaurant. Thomas is requesting for Waukegan police to do a full investigation concerning the incident. Thomas wrote in the complaint, "I  request to file a criminal complaint against Waukegan Superintendent Theresa A. Plascencia for HARRASSMENT , FABRICATING EVIDENCE & WITNESSES and FALSIFYING POLICE REPORT #18-64522 on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at La Canoa Restaurant 50 S. Greenbay Road in Waukegan, Il. Plascencia’s allegations are completely false and the 4 security videos of the incident clearly prove this. Plascencia intentially lied to a Waukegan Police officer and should be charged with a criminal Class 3 Felony, be immediately arrested, imprisoned, and fined for illegally allocating City resources for hours. Several Police officers and squad cars were sent to my residence as a result of her false report. Police also stated to me that Plascencia stated she had several witnesses. The video shows Cyrus McGinnis, her son Cyrus McGinnis JR, another man and another women seated with Plascencia and appear to also be collaborating/fabricating the false report with her. If in fact this is true, they also should be charged for making false statements with the purpose to mislead a public official in performing his official function..."
The Carrascos also filed a complaint with the Illinois State Attorney's Office in Waukegan.

Thomas Carrasco included Plascencia's allegations in his filed complaint with the Waukegan Police Department. 



Below are her (Theresa A. Plascencia) accusations against me that she filed in her Order of Protection report :

November 15, 2018 - At 830 p.m., I was in La Canoa Restaurant in Waukegan with my family, and was joined by some co-workers who happened to also be dining at the restaurant. Ms. Carrasco arrived at the restaurant with her husband, and spotted us. While several tables in the restaurant were available, she and her husband I believe intentionally chose to sit directly behind my table, and began taking pictures of us eating. We asked if she would stop photographing us while we ate, but she began insisting loudly she was allowed to take pictures, and could do what I want. In addition to the photos, she began verbally harassing our group, at which time i decided to alert authorities, and contacted Deputy Zupec. Her husband then became'involved, walked over to the table and began staring and standing in close proximity or 4 feet) to the group, prompting my second call to Deputy Zupec, who then sent police over. Following the incident, my child was obviously traumatized, crying alt night, and was too scared to attend school the following day as a direct result of the Carrascos behavior. Filed Police Report #2018-54522