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La Causa logoLa Causa Inc. is excited to offer a unique, bilingual pre-school program for three year old children. Our Three and Ready Program is designed to develop the child’s first language while introducing them to a second language (Spanish or English).  Our goal is to initiate the child’s social and academic learning at an early age, while they are exposed to a second language.  The Three and Ready Program is part of La Causa’s Early Education and Care Center which has been designated as a Five Star child care center.

We invite you to join us for our Three and Ready Open House which will be held on July 30, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am or 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 809 W. Greenfield Avenue.  Come and learn more about this unique program, meet the staff and tour our facility.

If you have any questions regarding this program please call Kari Andrews at 414-902-1660. For information on registering your child please call Wilda Maldonado at 414-647-5980.

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SkydriverSTURTEVANT — A skydiving accident near Sylvania Airport in Racine County, resulted in the death of one man.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office said two jumpers missed their mark at the airport around 5:30 p.m Sunday. Deputies conducting the investigation said the victim’s parachute became entangled with another skydiver’s canopy above 56th Road in Sturtevant.

One of the jumpers, Fredrick H. Platt Jr., 44, of Racine, died at the scene.  Platt was a Tandem Instructor, AFF Instructor and coach at Skydive Midwest.

The second skydiver,  Neil A. Kulman, 27, sustained injuries considered to be minor after hitting some area trees. Kulman also works at Skydive Midwest as an AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, Coach, Videographer and a Senior Rigger.

According to Skydive Midwest, Platt was a highly experienced skydiver having amassed more than 2,000 jumps during his skydiving career.

The accident is still under investigation.

 

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lupe martinez umos revisedMilwaukee- Lupe Martinez has devoted his entire 45-year professional career to improving the living and working conditions of migrant and seasonal farm workers at UMOS. Lupe Martinez, himself, is a former migrant worker whose family traveled throughout the Midwest harvesting crops.

Lupe Martinez is President and Chief Executive Officer of UMOS, whose mission is to advocate and provide programs and services that improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of underserved populations.  On July25, 2014 Martinez will be recognized for serving 45 years at UMOS, 40 years as President/CEO. The recognition will take place at the UMOS Annual Corporation Awards and Recognition Luncheon at the Clarion Hotel.

When Mr. Martinez was appointed President/CEO, in 1974,UMOS was a single state, single-focused migrant serving agency only. Today, under Mr. Martinez’s leadership, UMOS is nationally recognized organization, administering 40+ programs. UMOS is the largest Hispanic-managed, non-profit organization in Wisconsin, and one of the largest in the nation. UMOS operates throughout the state of Wisconsin, as well as in Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas.

Mr. Martinez advocates for under-served populations at the local, state and national level, with a particular focus onimproving the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farm workers. At the national level, he is chairman of the National Farmworker Alliance, comprised of 23 national trade associations and farmworker organizations. He sits of the board of Farmworker Justice, a national non-profit that works closely with federal officials on immigration reform and the potential impacts on agricultural workers. Mr. Martinez also served six years on the board of the National Council of La Raza.

Also, on the national level, Mr. Martinez is chairman of MAFO, a national partnership of farmworker and rural organizations that has sponsored a national farmworker conference for the past 26 years. In 2014, Lupe Martinez presented the MAFO Lifetime Achievement Award to Arturo Rodriguez who succeeded Cesar Chavez as President of United Farmworkers. Mr. Martinez marched side-by-side with Cesar Chavez during the grape boycott that ended in 1970.

At the state level, Mr. Martinez continued his fight for farmworker rights. He was appointed by Governor Doyle to sit on the Wisconsin Council on Migrant Labor, a statutory council that enforces the state’s migrant labor laws. Today, under Governor Walker, Martinez is the interim chairman of the Council. Lupe Martinez is also President of the Wisconsin Migrant Coalition, comprised of farmworker serving agencies throughout the state.

At the local level, Mr. Martinez is a member of the executivecommittee of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.Every month, 20,000 people, on average walk through the doors of the UMOS Job Center on Chase Avenue for employment related services.

Mr. Martinez and UMOS, through input from the community, created the UMOS Latina Resource Center. The UMOS Latina Resource Center was the first and is still the only center that provides domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking supportive services under one roof, targeted to Hispanic women.

Through Mr. Martinez’s leadership and mentorship, many of the individual community and non-profit leaders today, formally worked under his leadership. Lupe Martinez’s philosophy is to treat every customer, every client, as if he or she were your aunt or uncle, brother of sister and to serve them with dignity and honesty and to go the extra mile in making a difference in their lives.

Lupe Martinez has made the difference in the lives of thousands. Although Lupe does not show any signs of retirement, some would say he has already achieved a lifetime of accomplishments over his 45 years (and counting) of service to others. As Martinez puts it, “It is a privilege to serve others.”

chivas pix 2By Roberto Ruiz

At the end of the day, the hectic style of play by Chivas del Guadalajara was enough to force a draw with Swansea City in their 1-1 friendly at Miller Park on Wednesday.

In an interesting match between two teams that have been struggling as of late in their respective leagues, Swansea City was unable to pull out a victory against the fan favorite Chivas team. Swansea  City played the friendly without its star striker Wilfried Bony, who amid transfer speculation was left at home. In addition to playing without Bony, Swansea City also brought in every substitute on their bench to begin the second half. Chivas did the same, leaving the second half in the hands of the second unit for both squads. It was the super-subs that did all the damage, though. Nathan Dyer scored the only goal for Swansea after a miscommunication between Chivas defenders. Dyer, a midfielder, received a great pass from Marvin Emnes and easily beat the diving Luis Ernesto Michel. With precious seconds ticking away in injury time, Chivas was awarded a penalty after a cross into the box was negated. Midfielder Giovani Hernandez, much to the crowd’s delight, blasted the penalty kick past Gerhard Tremmel for the equalizer.

The match, despite the score, was a high-octane affair that featured a few great saves, several good runs, and many scoring opportunities. After most fans were left utterly disappointed with the quality of play in the World Cup final, this game was a surprising breath of fresh air. Both teams played as if they had something to prove, unlike the style of play usually witnessed during friendly matches. While Chivas was unable to earn the victory, they played with a lot of heart in front of the raucous Miller Park crowd.

Emotions ran high several times during the match, and this led to a couple face-offs that you don’t normally see during a friendly soccer match. Especially one between two teams that rarely play one another. Hard fouls and forehead-to-forehead conversations were the norm by the end of the match. After penalizing both teams for the initial confrontation by ejecting one player from each side, the referees let both teams play on during subsequent mid-match talks.

After the match there was a lot of talk about the penalty awarded to Chivas in injury time. It was not a clear penalty and many thought that the referees were playing to the crowd. Hernandez, though, said that the penalty was the right call in the post match press conference.

31,237 people watched the match at Miller Park. A lot was made of how the baseball field would play during a soccer match, but players from both sides said that the quality of the pitch was not an issue. Being able to clearly make out a baseball diamond in the middle of the pitch was an interesting sight, though, and one had to wonder how flush the grass was.

You can count Chivas Manager Carlos Bustos as a fan of Milwaukee’s baseball stadium, saying “The field was great, [and] the stadium was beautiful.”

Chivas has been struggling for a few years now, but their first visit to Milwaukee invigorated the large Latino population that paid to witness the match. The stands were filled with passionate Chivas fans that made it seem like Chivas had never left Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Swansea City has finished near the middle of the pack since their inclusion in the English Premier League in 2011. The first Welsh team to play in the English Premier League since its formation in 1992, Swansea City has not yet been in serious trouble of being relegated.

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wi supreme_courtMadison — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled this week that the University of Wisconsin System can ban a former student from its campuses for engaging in activities considered to be harassment.

UW System Board of Regents petitioned the state Supreme Court to consider their decision to seek an harassment injunction against Jeffrey Decker, a former student of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Decker, a 2005 UWSP graduate, re-enrolled to the university in 2010 to challenge the university’s management of segregated fees. He contends that these fees are improperly regulated by UW System officials and not allocated to students as they should be by law.

The justices ruled that the injunction the university system secured against Jeffrey Decker — the son of former state Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker — was overbroad and must be reviewed by a Dane County judge.

Decker has protested how university officials use student fees, alleging they have illegally misappropriated those funds for years.

Barred from all UW property, Decker continued to protest on campuses across the state throughout 2011. He engaged in many protest activities during this time against the UW System.

Because of these protest actions, UW Board of Regents sought a harassment injunction against Decker, which was eventually issued by Dane County Circuit Judge John Markson on the grounds that Decker’s behavior served “no legitimate purpose.”

The university’s Board of Regents says it has handled student fees appropriately and Decker’s conduct has been disruptive. UW-representatives have held their ground, maintaining that more focus should be put on Decker’s conduct rather than his speech.

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lulac regional resignNew York – This year the League of United Latin American Citizens held its 85th Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition in New York, NY from July 8 through July 12, 2014.

The LULAC National Convention draws top leaders from government, business, and the Hispanic community.

However, at this years convention one of those leaders announced his resignation from his position as National Mid-West Vice President.

On July 14, 2014, a little over 13 months after being elected to the position of LULAC National VP – Midwest, Darryl Morin resigned from his duties citing the need to be with his family, focus on his business and participating in more local community efforts.

Before Morin was elected LULAC National VP – Midwest, he served as

LULAC Council President, Deputy State Director, State Director of LULAC Wisconsin.

“After serving in numerous LULAC council, state and national roles, the time has come for me to spend more time and energy with my family, business and on local efforts to serve our community. As such, please accept this letter of resignation”, wrote Morin.

The League of United Latin American Citizens was created to combat the discrimination faced by Hispanics in the United States. LULAC was established  on February 17, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since its creation, the organization has grown; it has a national headquarters, active councils in many states, and a professional staff.

Despite its national visibility, LULAC has lost strength in recent years because of a declining and less-active membership base and decreasing operating funds.

Morin sought to unite LULAC when he become LULAC National VP – Midwest to address these issues, according to his letter, that effort did not happen as he clearly laments: “as LULAC looks forward, I hope the organization can once again unite for the good of the community.”

A highlight of this years LULAC National Convention was the address made by the First Lady Michelle Obama who spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,500 Latino leaders, activists and students.

“Make no mistake about it,” the First Lady said, “we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration, and as my husband said, we are going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system.”

Lisa FlakasWAUKESHA – Waukesha residents are being informed by the state that Lisa Farkas, a convicted sex-offender with a violent history and a desire to  target adult women, is no longer being supervised by State of Wisconsin officials.

Farkas was once sentenced to serve ten years in prison after being convicted for tying-up a woman then having the woman perform sex acts for Farkas.

However, this is not half of what Farkas has done in the past.

Farkas has attacked women using a clothes hanger and while serving time in prison, Farkas attacked a fellow inmate who was under the influence of tranquilizers.

This week state officials released Farkas, who after years on probation, will no longer be underi state supervision.

Information is being provided to area residents by Waukesha Police who also sent out a notice to alert the public about Farkas.

State officials say that Farkas is currently homeless.

Officials say that although Farkas is no longer under state supervision, she is registered as a sex offender for life.

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NAC1063406d0bb707e_0Playas de Catazajá, Chiapas— Al poner en marcha el programa Frontera Sur, el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto advirtió que México está convencido de que el fenómeno migratorio debe ser atendido desde una perspectiva regional, corresponsable y humana.

Acompañado por el presidente de Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, por los gobernadores de Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Campeche y Tabasco, y por miembros del gabinete, el presidente Peña Nieto precisó que este programa, con cinco líneas de acción, tiene un doble propósito: proteger y salvaguardar los derechos humanos de los migrantes que ingresan y transitan por México y ordenar los cruces internacionales para incrementar el desarrollo y la seguridad de la región.

Al poner en marcha el programa, con el mandatario guatemalteco, Otto Pérez Molina, señaló que el proyecto conlleva cinco líneas de acción: un paso formal fronterizo, ordenamiento seguro, protección y acción social en favor de los migrantes, corresponsabilidad regional y coordinación interinstitucional.

El programa Frontera Sur contempla el reforzamiento de acciones del gabinete de seguridad nacional contra grupos delictivos que atacan a migrantes, labores de inteligencia de México y Guatemala a lo largo de la frontera, y el intercambio de información biométrica en tiempo real entre ambas naciones.

El presidente Peña Nieto se manifestó a favor de lograr una frontera sur más segura, ordenada y porque la relación con Centroamérica contribuya al desarrollo de toda la región mesoamericana.

“En el pasado, los países centroamericanos y México trabajamos juntos por acabar con los conflictos armados y traer paz a la región. Si fuimos capaces de superar aquel desafío, hoy, estoy seguro de que también podremos mejorar las condiciones de la migración regional”, aseguró el Ejecutivo federal.

Si los países, dijo, unen voluntades y comprometen esfuerzos, podrán asegurar un trato digno y humano para los migrantes.

En su intervención, el presidente Pérez Molina afirmó que el programa concreta acciones para una frontera próspera, moderna, segura, con flujos migratorios ordenados y con respeto a derechos humanos.

Resaltó la visión del presidente Peña Nieto que “en lugar de estar poniendo muros, obstáculos y dificultades” tiene visión de unión.

El presidente Peña detalló las cinco líneas de acción del programa, que inicia con el ordenamiento del tránsito fronterizo, para obtener información mínima de los que cruzan.

Para alentar el acceso formal a México se facilitará la obtención de la Tarjeta de Visitante Regional para guatemaltecos y beliceños, gratuita y con la que su portador podrá ingresar hasta por 72 horas a Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo y Tabasco.

Los agentes del Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) y otras autoridades habrán de velar por el absoluto respeto a los derechos de los portadores de la tarjeta.

El segundo punto se centra en dar más seguridad para migrantes, por lo que se asegurará la adecuada operación de los 12 cruces fronterizos oficiales, 10 con Guatemala y dos con Belice y se transformarán los puntos de revisión aduanales en Centros de Atención Integral al Tránsito Fronterizo, con participación del INM, el SAT, la Policía Federal, la Sedena y la Armada de México, entre otras.

Peña Nieto dio indicaciones al Gabinete de Seguridad para incrementar acciones contra la delincuencia; la Segob, junto con autoridades de Guatemala, reforzarán las labores de inteligencia.

El tercer punto de protección y acción social, se centra en duplicar las unidades médicas, mejorar albergues y estaciones migratorias, y apoyar centros del DIF “que han sido superados” por la creciente migración infantil.

El cuarto punto, de corresponsabilidad regional, se centra en poner en marcha el mecanismo especial para atención de las niñas, niños y adolescentes migrantes no acompañados, con El Salvador, Estados Unidos, Guatemala y Honduras.

Por último se crea la Coordinación para la Atención Integral de la Migración en la Frontera Sur, por lo que el Presidente instruyó al secretario de Gobernación, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, a definir de inmediato a su titular.

securedownloadRacine - The owner’s of the La Tapatia restaurant located at 1951 Mead Street in Racine, posted a statement on their Facebook page declaring that they will no longer participate in Racine’s 4th of July parade.

La Tapatia stated on their Facebook page that, “our experience in this years 4th of July was by far the worse experience ever.”

La Tapatia owners went on to state that they felt “harassed by the director of the parade”.

The statement goes on to say that La Tapatia owners felt the director harassingly followed them around and they complained that the director yelled at their children who were part of La Tapatia’s parade cohort.

For several years La Tapatia participated in the 4th of July parade always displaying colorful costumes and beautiful dancing horses.

La Tapatia owners go on to say, “she was by far the rudest director ever yelling and screaming at us and putting her hand in our face stating exactly ‘You will not be invited next year’…”

La Tapatia owners appear to have beat Racine’s 4th of July organizer by announcing, “so we are letting our customers know that we will never attend @cityofracinefourthofjuly this was the last year we will be there. We want to thank each and everyone that watched us and allowed us to be a part of your 4th of July. God bless always!”

Racine residents have been treated for many years to La Tapatia’s dancing horses during the 4th of July parade, next year’s parade will be noticeably different if La Tapatia does not attend.

Barack ObamaWASHINGTON - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said This week that he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.

Obama said he will refocus immigration enforcement onto a Mexican border that has seen a tide of children crossing illegally from Central America. That means putting resources into deporting people who are the most recent border-crossers or individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security.

“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing,” Obama said. “And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy and it’s bad for our future.”

Obama said he decided to bypass Congress after House speaker John Boehner informed him last week that the House would not vote on an immigration overhaul this year. A congressional leadership aide said Obama and Boehner spoke privately before an event last week at the white House honoring U.S. golfers who won last year’s Presidents Cup,

Obama said there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.

But Obama said he’s waited for more than a year to give Boehner space to act.

Obama said the thousands of unaccompanied children showing up on the border underscore the need to drop the politics and act on immigration.

Obama’s decision effectively declares that a broad based change in immigration policy is dead for the year, and perhaps for the remainder of his administration. Changing immigration laws and providing a path to citizenship for about 11 million immigrants in the country illegally has been one Obama’s top priorities as he sought to conclude his presidency with major second-term victory.

Obama’s ability to undertake changes on his own is limited.

He is instructing Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to present him with executive actions he can take without congressional approval by the end of the summer.

Still, in responding to the influx of unaccompanied children, Obama plans to concentrate immigration resources on the border areas. The move will effectively further reduce the number of deportations in the country’s interior by stressing enforcement action on individuals who are either recent unlawful border crossers or who present a national security, public safety, or border security threat.

The decision coincides with a White House request to Congress for new powers to deport newly arrived immigrant children traveling without their parents.

As such, Obama’s actions represent a delicate balancing act between responding to what the White House has called a “humanitarian crisis” over unaccompanied children and a demand from immigration activists to reduce the administration’s record number of deportations.

Deportations have spiked under the Obama administration to a total of around 2 million so far – the same number removed during the full eight years of the Bush administration. At the same time, formal removals from the interior have decreased each year of the Obama administration, while the number of deportations from the border has increased.

The Obama administration also has taken steps already to focus deportations on people with more serious criminal records or those who pose a threat. But this so-called “prosecutorial discretion,” while harshly criticized by Republicans, never succeeded in calming concerns in immigrant communities about how deportations are conducted.

Obama on Monday was dropping by a meeting at the White House among immigration overhaul advocates and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Many of those advocates reacted harshly to Obama’s plan Monday to seek emergency money from Congress that would, among other things, help conduct “an aggressive deterrence strategy focused on the removal and repatriation of recent border crossers.”

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NAC1060574083b5c85_0Nogales, Arizona— Desde que empezó el sexenio de Enrique Peña Nieto la frontera entre el estado mexicano de Sonora y el estadounidense de Arizona es usada con más frecuencia por el ‘Cártel de Sinaloa’ para inundar de heroína y drogas sintéticas el mercado de Estados Unidos, admiten las autoridades que vigilan la zona.

“Por esta frontera el cruce de metanfetaminas se ha incrementado notablemente en los últimos dos años”, dice a Proceso Joe Agosttini, subdirector del puerto DeConcini en Nogales, Arizona.

Las estadísticas “no mienten”, agrega durante el extenso recorrido y la entrevista que concede a este semanario en torno a la operación del punto de entrada terrestre más grande entre Sonora y Arizona.

Como subdirector del puerto por parte del Buró de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP) del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos, Agosttini –con 30 años de experiencia en vigilancia fronteriza– muestra las estadísticas de los decomisos de metanfetaminas que han realizado en ese periodo y los presenta como indicador del incremento en el trasiego de drogas por la frontera de Sonora.

“Se nos hace una rareza el día en que no confiscamos drogas en este puerto; y eso que por aquí sólo pasan las personas y los vehículos que supuestamente ingresan legalmente a Estados Unidos”, apunta.

Durante el año fiscal 2009, en este cruce el CBP confiscó 224 kilogramos de metanfetaminas. Fueron 246 en 2010, 415 en 2011, 462 en 2012, y en 2013 –al empezar la presidencia de Peña– se decomisaron 718. En lo que va del año fiscal 2014, iniciado el 1 de octubre y que terminará el último día del próximo septiembre, van 552.

“Pasó algo muy significativo en los últimos dos años: casi se duplicó la cantidad de kilogramos decomisados de metanfetaminas. Y nada más estamos hablando de esta garita de Nogales”, insiste Agosttini.

Nogales, Arizona— Aun cuando se pensaría que ningún cártel mexicano se atrevería a meter su mercancía por puestos de revisión migratoria como éste –tomando en cuenta la tecnología de la cual dispone y el personal capacitado del CBP con el que cuenta–, al de Sinaloa parece no importarle perder unos cuantos kilos de droga.

La franja fronteriza entre Sonora y Arizona es una plaza bajo control absoluto del Cártel de Sinaloa, lo cual se ha hecho más notorio desde el arranque del gobierno de Peña Nieto, según informes de inteligencia del gobierno de Estados Unidos.

El puerto DeConcini cuenta con lo más nuevo en tecnología para revisar automóviles y personas. Agosttini muestra a Proceso el llamado z-portal, un arco que funciona como tomógrafo de resonancia magnética. “Lo instalamos hace tres meses”, comenta Agosttini. “Con él revisamos todos los automóviles que entran, sin necesidad de bajar a los pasajeros. Es altamente efectivo”, añade.

Para el cártel de Sinaloa la tecnología estadounidense no es obstáculo: sigue usando sus métodos tradicionales para introducir la droga a Estados Unidos.

Agosttini explica cómo se intenta pasar metanfetaminas y heroína: “Por los cruces peatonales es común que las personas se metan droga en los orificios del cuerpo o usen cinta adhesiva para pegarse los narcóticos al cuerpo. La esconden en maletas de doble fondo, en zapatos de doble suela; también en tanques de gasolina, en las llantas, en los tambores de los frenos, en las puertas, en el techo o en el sistema de aire acondicionado de los automóviles”.-

El ingenio de los narcotraficantes no tiene límites. Uno de “los intentos de cruce” –según el argot de los agentes del CBP– más recientes y sorprendentes fue el de las Coca-Colas.

Hace unos meses una pareja intentó meter varios kilos de heroína escondidos en una caja con 24 botellas de vidrio de Coca-Cola.

Cada uno de los envases del refresco estaba cortado a la mitad, pegado a la caja, pintado de negro por dentro y con la corcholata puesta. Los narcotraficantes calcularon minuciosamente el peso de los 24 refrescos llenos y el de la caja. El peso del líquido faltante fue compensado con el de la heroína.

El oficial del CBP que los revisó no cayó en la trampa.

Los tres paquetes de heroína que traía la pareja incluso tenían pegado el sello de quien enviaba la mercancía: el Cártel de Sinaloa, ahora presuntamente comandado por Ismael El Mayo Zambada.

“En dos minutos un oficial (del CBP) debe tomar una decisión importante: lo dejo entrar o lo mando a revisión, con la sospecha de que puede ser portador de narcóticos o de productos agrícolas ilegales”, narra Agosttini.

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El subdirector del puerto DeConcini explica que lo primero que hace un oficial del CBP es determinar si quien quiere ingresar porta un pasaporte legítimo, si es residente legal o extranjero con visa. Luego decide si revisa o interroga a quienes intentan cruzar.

“Puedo decirle que 95% de las veces en que el oficial del CBP considera sospechoso a un peatón o un vehículo, acabamos por decomisar algún tipo de droga. Hablo de un proceso diario”, subraya Agosttini.

La infraestructura en la frontera entre Nogales, Sonora, y Nogales, Arizona, es otro reto y una amenaza para el CBP. Al lado de la garita estadunidense pasan las vías del tren. Los vagones de carga que llegan de México o salen de Estados Unidos son un transporte muy bien explotado por el Cártel de Sinaloa para enviar drogas al norte o mandar al sur el dinero de la venta de los narcóticos.

“El asunto del tren es muy complicado; es muy difícil que tengamos garantías de 100% de que los vagones no han sido utilizados para esconder ilegalmente dinero o drogas”, acepta Agosttini.

Respecto al aumento del tráfico de drogas por la frontera de Sonora, el funcionario y agente del CBP es cauto; aclara que no le corresponde hacer comentarios políticos:

“El incremento se lo atribuyo a la situación económica en México”, se aventura. “La falta de empleo ocasiona que las personas busquen alternativas para sobrevivir y mantener a sus familias. Pero están también los narcotraficantes; éstos lo hacen por la avaricia del dinero y también por la demanda de drogas en Estados Unidos, porque hay que reconocer que aquí están las personas que cada vez consumen más drogas”, añade.

También varían las nacionalidades de los individuos a quienes el narcotráfico mexicano utiliza como burros o mulas (como se les conoce comúnmente) para meter las drogas.

Agosttini señala que se podría pensar que por tratarse de la frontera con Sonora, la mayoría de las personas detenidas por intentar pasar algún tipo de droga son mexicanos: “Pero no. También hay centroamericanos y sudamericanos que son residentes legales en Estados Unidos, van a México y se involucran en las redes del tráfico de drogas. Y hay estadunidenses”.

El agente reconoce que debido a la enorme demanda del mercado en este país, los narcotraficantes mexicanos no tienen límites para imaginar formas de meter su mercancía. Destaca la cotidianidad de los decomisos de algún tipo de droga –mariguana, cocaína, heroína o metanfetaminas– que hacen los agentes del CBP en el puerto DeConcini en cualquiera de los tres turnos: de las 6:00 a las 14:00 horas, de las 14:00 a las 22:00 y de las 22:00 a las 6:00.

“Confiscar drogas aquí en la garita es tan común para nosotros como lo es para un patrullero de carretera poner una multa todos los días a alguien que maneja con exceso de velocidad. Para nosotros un decomiso de narcóticos es parte de la rutina”, enfatiza Agosttini.  Las estadísticas proporcionadas a Proceso por el CBP dan sustento a las aclaraciones que hace el subdirector del puerto DeConcini. Las cifras de los decomisos de otras drogas por parte del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos, amén de las metanfetaminas, no dejan espacio a la duda de que durante el sexenio de Peña Nieto subió el tráfico de drogas sintéticas y de heroína en esta frontera.

Durante el año fiscal 2009 en el puerto DeConcini se confiscaron 16 mil 904 kilogramos de mariguana, mil 87 de cocaína y 61 de heroína.

“La heroína confiscada es totalmente mexicana”, precisa Agosttini.

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The U.S. Supreme Court decided this week that a private company can be exempted on religious grounds from health care reform’s requirement that employer-sponsored health insurance policies cover contraception.

This week is the final week of the court’s term and the Hobby Lobby case is one of two major decisions expected. The other involves union dues.

The Affordable Care Act exempts non-profits, religious organizations and churches from the contraception mandate but not for-profit corporations. Hobby Lobby, which has 500 stores and more than 10,000 employees, filed suit saying the mandate is against the religious beliefs of the company’s Southern Baptist owners, the Greens.

A second case consolidated with the Hobby Lobby petition involved Pennsylvania Mennonite cabinet-maker Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by the Hahn family.

Hobby Lobby prevailed at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but Conestoga lost its petition in the 3rd Circuit.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga argued the contraception mandate presents a substantial burden in violation of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The federal government argues it is protecting women’s right to medical care.

The high court could affirm the 10th Circuit decision in which the appellate justices wrote: “We see no reason the Supreme Court would recognize constitutional protection for a corporation’s political expression but not its religious expression,” a reference to the Citizens United decision that opened the way for large corporate donations to political campaigns, MSNBC reported. If the justices accept the 10th Circuit ruling, the question becomes whether large corporations also could demand a religious exemption. The court also could limit such exemptions to companies that display their religiosity.

If the justices accept the 3rd Circuit decision in Conestoga instead, it would mean corporations cannot claim any religious standing. During oral arguments in March, Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to lean away from that conclusion, saying it might lead to forcing corporations to pay for abortions.

The justices also could decide that even if corporations have religious liberty, the contraception mandate does not impinge on those rights.

A fourth path the justices could follow is declaring the ACA contains no employer mandate since it provides for a fine if companies don’t provide health insurance for their employees, Newsweek reported.

Law Professor Frederick Gedicks of Brigham Young University argues if Hobby Lobby wins the exemption, employees would, in effect, be subsidizing the company’s religious beliefs, violating the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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AP_usa_team_world_cup_jt_140621_16x9_992The United States lost 1-0 to Germany this afternoon at the 2014 World Cup, but still advance to the round of 16.

The U.S., which finished second, went through after Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in the group’s other match.

Later today at 4 p.m., Belgium — which has already advanced from Group H — plays South Korea, while Russia faces off against Algeria. Again, all three of these teams can still advance to the round of 16, which starts Saturday.

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Ladies found west allisWEST ALLIS – Police arrested 52-year-old Steven Zelich of West Allis in connection with the murders of two women found dismembered in stuicases in the Town of Geneva in Walworth County.

One of the two victims has been identified as 37-year-old Laura Simonson of Farmington, MN.

Simonson’s family reported her missing on November 22, 2013.

Police have not yet ID the other victim. Police say she is a white woman aged 15-35, 5’2″-5’4″, and weighing between 120-140 lbs. The unidentified victim has long black hair, a pronounced overbite, two piercings in each ear, and a heart tattoo on the lower left abdomen.

Members of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department are canvassing the neighborhood Zelich lived in near the intersection of 81st and Lincoln Ave.

West Allis police are assisting in this investigation. The F.B.I. is also involved in this investigation.

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summerfest21MILWAUKEE — Summerfest 2014: The Big Gig officially kicked off this week. Summerfest goers are being encouraged to utilize public transportation — due to parking in downtown Milwaukee will be at a premium throughout Summerfest’s 11-day run.  Officials stress that there are several options available to help you get downtown easily and safely.

The Milwaukee County Transit Service (MCTS) offers Freeway Flyer service from nine Park and Ride lots.  The Freeway Flyer service is $6.50 per person, round trip. Children (6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID pay $3.00 round trip.  The Freeway Flyer picks up and drops off at the following Park and Ride lots:

1) Timmerman – Timmerman Field at Appleton and N. 96th Street

2) Brown Deer East – Brown Deer Road, west of I-43

3) Holt – Holt Avenue, west of I-94

4) College – College Avenue at I-94 (both lots)

5) Ryan Road – Ryan Road and I-94

6) Whitnall/Hales Corners – I-43, east of S. 108th Street

7) Loomis – Loomis Road, south of Coldspring Road

8) State Fair Park – I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney

9) Burleigh/Mayfair Collection – North of Burleigh Street, east of U.S. Highway 45 at 114th Street

The Freeway Flyers drop off at Summerfest’s Mid Gate.  Service begins one half-hour before Summerfest begins, and service ends one half-hour after Summerfest ends.  Flyers provide service on weekdays, every half-hour on the hour and half-hour from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, and every 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. On Saturdays and Sundays, service is every 15-20 minutes.  Parking at Park and Ride lots is free of charge.  The MCTS Shuttle runs along Wisconsin Avenue. Also, more than 10 regular MCTS routes travel to the downtown area from which riders can connect to a Shuttle.

Fares for the shuttle have been reduced this year, from $3 round-trip to just $1 round-trip.  Children (6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID pay $.50 round trip.  The Shuttle operates downtown from 11:30 am to 12:30 am every day during Summerfest and provides service to the North Gate.  Bus service runs every 10 minutes.  Buses operate in both directions along Wisconsin Avenue. Stops are made at all bus stops marked with the Summerfest smile logo.

Marcus Amphitheater headliners are as follows:

Wednesday, June 25th: Bruno Mars with special guest Aloe Blacc

Thursday, June 26th: Lady Gaga with special guest Crayon Pop

Friday, June 27th: Brad Paisley with special guests Darius Rucker and Joel Crouse

Saturday, June 28th: Luke Bryan with special guest Danielle Bradbery

Sunday, June 29th: Outkast with special guest Gary Clark Jr.

SUMMERFEST IS CLOSED MONDAY, JUNE 30TH

Tuesday, July 1st: OneRepublic with special guests Mayer Hawthorne and American Authors

Wednesday, July 2nd: A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band – 7

Thursday, July 3rd: Zac Brown Band with special guest Jared & The Mill – 7

Friday, July 4th: Motley Crue with special guest Alice Cooper

Saturday, July 5th: Fall Out Boy and Paramore with special guest New Politics – 7

Sunday, July 6th: User with special guest Bebe Rexha

*All shows at the Marcus Amphitheater begin at 7:30 p.m. — with the exception of the Dave Matthews show, the Zac Brown Band show and the Paramore and Fall Out Boy Show — which each begin at 7:00 p.m.

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La derrota del líder de la mayoría republicana de la Cámara de Representantes Erick Cantor en las primarias de ese colectivo en Virginia, en días pasados ha generado más de una polémica. Es claro que son muchas las preguntas que surgen de un suceso de este tipo, pero, ¿cómo afecta este hecho el futuro de la reforma migratoria?

Para empezar, no sobra aclarar que las opiniones están divididas, si bien en un comienzo varios analistas consideraron la derrota de Cantor como un duro golpe a la reforma, las voces de alarma fueron disminuyendo al pasar los días,  hasta llegar incluso a decirse que el asunto puede beneficiar la aprobación de la tan esperada ley.

No vale la pena apresurarse, si bien es cierto que aquellos conservadores que rechazan la aprobación de una reforma migratoria, ignorando la mínima cordura que implica arreglar lo que no funciona, e ignorando también las encuestas -que han demostrado más de una vez que la mayoría de estadounidenses la aprueban- pueden aprovechar la coyuntura para defender su postura, también es cierto que de hacerlo, pueden salir bastante mal parados en las urnas, claro.

Y es que los ultraconservadores que le cobraron a Cantor lo que llamaron su “falta de liderazgo”, no pueden tener la última palabra.

Eso lo dejó claro el senador por Nueva Jersey Bob Menéndez cuando afirmó que no podemos creer que “esto está muerto”, hasta que lleguemos al momento crucial, el preámbulo del receso de verano a finales de julio. Falta poco.

Tim Kaine, senador de Virginia, por su parte va más allá y ve una oportunidad. Kaine señala que el haber perdido su puesto en el liderazgo de la cámara baja, le da a Cantor más libertad, lo que podría  jugar en beneficio de la reforma de aquí al 31 de diciembre, cuando deberá entregar su silla.

“Él no necesita seguir postergando las cosas ahora. La pregunta es si otros miembros de la cámara lo seguirán”, indicó un Kaine muy optimista. Ambos senadores se expresaron en un encuentro con periodistas hispanos que tuvo lugar tras la derrota del líder en Washington.

Pero eso está por verse, sobre todo si se tiene en cuenta el record de Cantor en lo que a inmigración se refiere. De acuerdo con America´s Voice, Cantor no ha estado nunca a favor de la reforma si no que ha sido uno de sus principales oponentes.

La organización, que ha venido defendiendo la necesidad de aprobar una reforma migratoria por años, destacó que, entre otras perlas, Cantor fue uno de los que votaron  en contra del DREAM Act y defendió la deportación de los “dreamers”.

En suma, no es mucho lo que ha cambiado. Las esperanzas de que se logre un acuerdo que lleve a la aprobación de una reforma migratoria siguen siendo muy pocas, y el tiempo que queda, también es poco.

El presidente Barack Obama, por su parte, rechazó  la premisa de que la derrota de Cantor sea la derrota de la reforma, pero, ¿estará listo él  para actuar en caso de que, como parece muy probable, el congreso no lo haga?

Esa es la pregunta que muchos se siguen haciendo después de años de promesas fallidas, arrestos, deportaciones e injusticias.

PR pix6-18-14El liderato sindical de las corporaciones públicas se reunirá esta tarde para delinear las estrategias que tomarán luego de que el gobernador Alejandro García Padilla firmara ayer mismo la Ley Especial de Sostenibilidad Fiscal y Operacional del Gobierno.

Uno de los puntos que considerarán será una demanda para intentar detener la aplicación de la controvertible legislación que les quita derechos adquiridos a través de convenios colectivos, indicó a este diario el presidente de la Unión Independiente Auténtica (UIA) de la Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, Pedro Irene Maymí.

“Vamos a verificar acciones que debamos hacer para detener la ley o para derogarla”, sentenció.

El encuentro entre el liderato sindical se realizará en la sede a la UIA, en Hato Rey, a la 1:00 p.m. Entre los citados están la Unión de Trabajadores de la Industria Eléctrica y Riego (Utier), la Unión de Empleados del Fondo del Seguro del Estado, la Unión de Empleados del Banco Gubernamental de Fomento y el Programa de Solidaridad de la Utier (ProSol Utier), entre otros.

Según Irene Maymí, el cónclave es ordinario. Lo habían convocado el pasado lunes, día en que también sostuvieron una reunión en la que determinaron acudir a la Fortaleza para comenzar un proceso de diálogo. El mismo culminó con reparos de las uniones. No obstante, la Legislatura incluyó una enmienda que solicitaron para revisar los acuerdos que se lleguen cada año y que al tercer año todos los beneficios que tenían los trabajadores se le devuelvan.

Esta enmienda introducida a la ley también será analizada por los líderes sindicales para determinar las acciones que tomarán para repudiar al gobierno de García Padilla, dijo el líder de ProSol Utier, Luis Pedraza Leduc.

“Amanecimos después de que ocurrió algo a oscuras… Tenemos una ley con cambios y tenemos que analizar todo eso”, precisó.

Tanto Irene Maymí como Pedraza Leduc no descartaron que la firma de la legislación los encamine al paro general del que tanto han hablado.

“Nada nos impide decretar un paro”, soltó el presidente de la UIA.

Por su parte, Pedraza Leduc sentenció que “no hay duda que el impacto negativo de esta ley nos va a llevar a movilizarnos”.

Sin embargo, el portavoz de ProSol Utier aceptó que los grupo sindicales no han logrado concertar un paro general ni cuando el exgobernador Luis Fortuño despidió a alrededor de 30,000 empleados del servicio público.

Dijo que aunque realizaron dos grandes concentraciones de un día para repudiar los despidos, “un grupo del sector sindical se fue a dialogar y va limitando la lucha y la canaliza. Eso fue bajando el ánimo de la gente y terminamos en la resignación, y esa no debe ser la opción”.

Por ello, el líder sindical señaló que ahora están intentando actuar de otra manera para ver si logran canalizar su lucha contra la política económica del Gobierno, la cual alegó es contra los trabajadores.

“El movimiento sindical no ha actuado ni cuando Fortuño ni antes en la Telefónica. El movimiento sindical no ha podido actuar en forma victoriosa, correcta, ante esta política y sufrimos las consecuencias. Hoy estamos haciendo los ajustes para poder enfrentarla”, aceptó Pedraza Leduc.

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Kenosha Juneteen pixKenosha – There is a common misconception among Americans that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves with a stroke of his pen. Yet the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863, did no such thing. Two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers sailed into Galveston, Texas, announced the end of the Civil War, and read aloud a general order freeing the quarter-million slaves residing in the state. It’s likely that none of them had any idea that they had actually been freed more than two years before. It was truly a day of mass emancipation. It has become known as Juneteenth.
Since then, Juneteenth has been a day of celebration for many African Americans, a de facto second Independence Day commemorating the end of slavery and a first step toward inclusion in the greater American dream.
A proclamation marking Juneteenth Day in Kenosha was signed by Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman and presented to the Urban League of Racine/Kenosha.
Contact Urban League of Racine/Kenosha for more information regarding the celebration to take place on June 28.