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ACLU Files Motion on Behalf of Young Immigrant DACA Status

NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California filed a preliminary injunction motion on behalf of Jesús Alonso Arreola Robles today, asking a federal court in California to restore his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grant after federal immigration authorities unlawfully revoked it. The DACA program provides young immigrants who were brought to the country as children with permission to live and work in the United States.  Arreola is one of the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed earlier this month by the ACLU and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California on behalf of young immigrants challenging the Trump administration’s unlawful decision to terminate their DACA grants. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Arreola and others like him as well as the Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Collective (IEIYC), an organization that advocates on behalf of immigrant youth. IEIYC & Arreola v. Duke alleges that the Department of Homeland Security has a practice of unlawfully and arbitrarily revoking DACA grants and work authorizations based on unproven allegations or low-level offenses, such as traffic violations that do not disqualify the individual from the program. DHS terminates DACA in these cases without any advance notice,…

NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California filed a preliminary injunction motion on behalf of Jesús Alonso Arreola Robles today, asking a federal court in California to restore his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grant after federal immigration authorities unlawfully revoked it. The DACA program provides young immigrants who were brought to the country as children with permission to live and work in the United States.  Arreola is one of the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed earlier this month by the ACLU and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California on behalf of young immigrants challenging the Trump administration’s unlawful decision to terminate their DACA grants. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Arreola and others like him as well as the Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Collective (IEIYC), an organization that advocates on behalf of immigrant youth. IEIYC & Arreola v. Duke alleges that the Department of Homeland Security has a practice of unlawfully and arbitrarily revoking DACA grants and work authorizations based on unproven allegations or low-level offenses, such as traffic violations that do not disqualify the individual from the program. DHS terminates DACA in these cases without any advance notice,…

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Trump Threatens to Withdraw FEMA from Puerto Rico

Washington – President Trump has threatened to withdraw FEMA from Puerto Rico and abandon the federal recovery effort there, as half the island still has no drinking water and more than 80 percent lacks electricity three weeks after Hurricane Maria. FEMA officials have also acknowledged there is a massive shortage of food being provided on the island, while health officials have warned hospitals are in dire conditions. Last week, Trump attempted to blame Puerto Rico for the humanitarian catastrophe, tweeting, “all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” Trump then tweeted, “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump’s tweet sparked immediate backlash, both across the continental U.S. and on Puerto Rico. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said Trump was threatening to “Condemn us to a slow death of non-drinkable water, lack of food, lack of medicine.” She also appealed to the United Nations, UNICEF and the world to “stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from the lack of appropriate action of a President that just does not get it because he has been incapable of looking in…

Washington – President Trump has threatened to withdraw FEMA from Puerto Rico and abandon the federal recovery effort there, as half the island still has no drinking water and more than 80 percent lacks electricity three weeks after Hurricane Maria. FEMA officials have also acknowledged there is a massive shortage of food being provided on the island, while health officials have warned hospitals are in dire conditions. Last week, Trump attempted to blame Puerto Rico for the humanitarian catastrophe, tweeting, “all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” Trump then tweeted, “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump’s tweet sparked immediate backlash, both across the continental U.S. and on Puerto Rico. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said Trump was threatening to “Condemn us to a slow death of non-drinkable water, lack of food, lack of medicine.” She also appealed to the United Nations, UNICEF and the world to “stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from the lack of appropriate action of a President that just does not get it because he has been incapable of looking in…

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West-Side Green Bay Schools Temporarily Locked Down

GREEN BAY – Three west-side schools were locked down Tuesday after an elementary-school student reported seeing a suspicious person in a nearby wooded area. Green Bay police officers were called to MacArthur Elementary School, 1331 Hobart Drive, at 11:46 a.m. after a student reported seeing a man in the woods to the east of the school with blood on his hands. Other students told authorities they thought the man might have had a gun. Police searched the woods but found nothing. As a precaution, the district temporarily locked down MacArthur and Kennedy elementary schools and Green Bay West High School for about an hour and a half.

GREEN BAY – Three west-side schools were locked down Tuesday after an elementary-school student reported seeing a suspicious person in a nearby wooded area. Green Bay police officers were called to MacArthur Elementary School, 1331 Hobart Drive, at 11:46 a.m. after a student reported seeing a man in the woods to the east of the school with blood on his hands. Other students told authorities they thought the man might have had a gun. Police searched the woods but found nothing. As a precaution, the district temporarily locked down MacArthur and Kennedy elementary schools and Green Bay West High School for about an hour and a half.

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Road To Zero: How Chronic Homelessness Is Ending In A Major Rust Belt Community

by Héctor Colón & Chris Abele “I was just so…overwhelmed,” said Michael “Squirrel” Macias. “I actually think I cried myself to sleep that first night…joyful tears.” Squirrel spent the previous two years living in a makeshift shelter along the banks of the Milwaukee River. A former member of what he referred to as the “wife and kids and cubicle life,” Squirrel slowly fell victim to a combination of drugs and undiagnosed mental illness. When we came into contact with him, Squirrel was one of the hundreds of people in the County of Milwaukee who, as of September 2015, was considered “chronically homeless.” Chronic homelessness is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as those who are without a home for a collective twelve months over a thirty-six month timespan. “My first winter out there [in 2013], I had been out there for maybe eight months,” Squirrel said. “I had built an awesome structure. It was winterized. It had a little kitchen area, a little sleeping area, and you could almost stand in it! Three days before Christmas, I stayed at a friend’s house for a night, and I came back, and I guess the Sheriff’s Department found…

by Héctor Colón & Chris Abele “I was just so…overwhelmed,” said Michael “Squirrel” Macias. “I actually think I cried myself to sleep that first night…joyful tears.” Squirrel spent the previous two years living in a makeshift shelter along the banks of the Milwaukee River. A former member of what he referred to as the “wife and kids and cubicle life,” Squirrel slowly fell victim to a combination of drugs and undiagnosed mental illness. When we came into contact with him, Squirrel was one of the hundreds of people in the County of Milwaukee who, as of September 2015, was considered “chronically homeless.” Chronic homelessness is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as those who are without a home for a collective twelve months over a thirty-six month timespan. “My first winter out there [in 2013], I had been out there for maybe eight months,” Squirrel said. “I had built an awesome structure. It was winterized. It had a little kitchen area, a little sleeping area, and you could almost stand in it! Three days before Christmas, I stayed at a friend’s house for a night, and I came back, and I guess the Sheriff’s Department found…

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Globalization

By Hector E. Garcia Millions of middle class Americans, mostly in rural areas, are feeling cornered by the overwhelming forces of globalization. Their employment was displaced by automation, international competition and corporations’ transfer of jobs to other nations with lesser production costs and more flexible laws. Many of these Americans express a visceral anger towards anything international and desperately reach for national isolation and solutions that would save them from people who don’t look and speak like them. Some leaders have convinced them that they are victims of sinister foreigners who ridicule American good will and naivete in international agreements, which are unfair to the U.S. Those leaders claim that criminals who have crossed the border illegally are responsible not only for loss of jobs but also for rape, murder and unprecedented addiction to drugs among Americans. Fear over declining income, increase of joblessness and violence make people susceptible to lash out at anyone with whom they are unfamiliar. The federal program DACA founded in 2012 is perceived to benefit such “others.” Consequently, many believe they should pressure President Trump to eliminate the program. DACA makes individuals, who were brought before age 16 by adult undocumented immigrants, eligible for a…

By Hector E. Garcia Millions of middle class Americans, mostly in rural areas, are feeling cornered by the overwhelming forces of globalization. Their employment was displaced by automation, international competition and corporations’ transfer of jobs to other nations with lesser production costs and more flexible laws. Many of these Americans express a visceral anger towards anything international and desperately reach for national isolation and solutions that would save them from people who don’t look and speak like them. Some leaders have convinced them that they are victims of sinister foreigners who ridicule American good will and naivete in international agreements, which are unfair to the U.S. Those leaders claim that criminals who have crossed the border illegally are responsible not only for loss of jobs but also for rape, murder and unprecedented addiction to drugs among Americans. Fear over declining income, increase of joblessness and violence make people susceptible to lash out at anyone with whom they are unfamiliar. The federal program DACA founded in 2012 is perceived to benefit such “others.” Consequently, many believe they should pressure President Trump to eliminate the program. DACA makes individuals, who were brought before age 16 by adult undocumented immigrants, eligible for a…

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Groups Call for Unified Weekend Against Hate

MILWAUKEE  – A coalition of many local organizations and faith communities have joined forces to reject hate and come together to build a strong community. On Oct. 13-15, Milwaukeeans of all races, religions, ethnicities, genders, and creeds will declare that there is no room for hate in our city. We reject racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and fear of “the other.” And we commit ourselves to building a strong community together. During that weekend, faith communities, organizations, elected officials, and individuals are invited to do something – to share sermons, to start conversations, to take at least one action to counter hate and build community. “The rise of unabashed bigotry, in Charlottesville and elsewhere, sent a clear message that we need to do more,” said Elana Kahn, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. “We must create a community with bonds strong enough to reject hatred and to together build a community of compassion. White supremacy draws a clear line, and we must be explicit that such ideology and activity is unwelcome in Milwaukee.” Organizations and faith communities throughout the greater Milwaukee area are holding programs as part of the weekend’s theme. “The planned programs and…

MILWAUKEE  – A coalition of many local organizations and faith communities have joined forces to reject hate and come together to build a strong community. On Oct. 13-15, Milwaukeeans of all races, religions, ethnicities, genders, and creeds will declare that there is no room for hate in our city. We reject racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and fear of “the other.” And we commit ourselves to building a strong community together. During that weekend, faith communities, organizations, elected officials, and individuals are invited to do something – to share sermons, to start conversations, to take at least one action to counter hate and build community. “The rise of unabashed bigotry, in Charlottesville and elsewhere, sent a clear message that we need to do more,” said Elana Kahn, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. “We must create a community with bonds strong enough to reject hatred and to together build a community of compassion. White supremacy draws a clear line, and we must be explicit that such ideology and activity is unwelcome in Milwaukee.” Organizations and faith communities throughout the greater Milwaukee area are holding programs as part of the weekend’s theme. “The planned programs and…

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59 Muertos y 527 Heridos; la Policía Investiga el Motivo del Agresor

En Las Vegas, las muertes registradas en el tiroteo en masa ocurrido la noche del domingo fueron 59, a las que se suman 527 heridos. Por otra parte, los investigadores continuaron buscando pistas en torno al motivo para que Stephen Paddock, residente del estado de Nevada, perpetrara la peor masacre de la historia moderna de Estados Unidos. La policía declaró haber encontrado a Paddock muerto por la herida de un disparo autoinfligido poco antes de la medianoche del domingo, después de que usaran un explosivo para entrar en la habitación del piso 32 en el hotel Mandalay Bay, donde estaba atrincherado con un arsenal de armas de fuego y miles de municiones. Paddock vivía en una comunidad de jubilados en Mesquite, Nevada. Había trabajado como contador y administrador de propiedades, y durante tres años se desempeñó en una empresa de venta de armas que posteriormente fue adquirida por Lockheed Martin. Los vecinos lo describieron como una persona que se retraída, que pasaba largas horas jugando en las máquinas de póquer. El padre de Stephen Paddock, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, estuvo una vez en la lista de las personas más buscadas del FBI, tras haber escapado de una prisión federal en la…

En Las Vegas, las muertes registradas en el tiroteo en masa ocurrido la noche del domingo fueron 59, a las que se suman 527 heridos. Por otra parte, los investigadores continuaron buscando pistas en torno al motivo para que Stephen Paddock, residente del estado de Nevada, perpetrara la peor masacre de la historia moderna de Estados Unidos. La policía declaró haber encontrado a Paddock muerto por la herida de un disparo autoinfligido poco antes de la medianoche del domingo, después de que usaran un explosivo para entrar en la habitación del piso 32 en el hotel Mandalay Bay, donde estaba atrincherado con un arsenal de armas de fuego y miles de municiones. Paddock vivía en una comunidad de jubilados en Mesquite, Nevada. Había trabajado como contador y administrador de propiedades, y durante tres años se desempeñó en una empresa de venta de armas que posteriormente fue adquirida por Lockheed Martin. Los vecinos lo describieron como una persona que se retraída, que pasaba largas horas jugando en las máquinas de póquer. El padre de Stephen Paddock, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, estuvo una vez en la lista de las personas más buscadas del FBI, tras haber escapado de una prisión federal en la…

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Walker Pulls Plug On I-94 Reconstruction

MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is pulling the plug on reconstructing I-94 in Milwaukee between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges. The change of heart came two weeks after federal authorities warned the state it would pull its authorization for the project if the state didn’t come up with a funding plan, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MJS). The news comes after Walker signed a state budget that did not include funding for the project. The estimated cost for the projected was projected to be about $1 billion. Transportation Secretary David Ross sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration which asked the federal government to formally rescind its authorization for the project. MJS reports that “…Michael Davies at the Federal Highway Administration sent Ross a letter telling him his agency would revoke its approval for the project if Ross didn’t detail a funding plan for it by Sept. 30.” “This action clearly highlights the absence of any coherent plan to rebuild the freeway system in southeast Wisconsin,” Craig Thompson, executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Development Association, said in a statement. “It will diminish investments already made and make it nearly impossible for business to…

MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is pulling the plug on reconstructing I-94 in Milwaukee between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges. The change of heart came two weeks after federal authorities warned the state it would pull its authorization for the project if the state didn’t come up with a funding plan, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MJS). The news comes after Walker signed a state budget that did not include funding for the project. The estimated cost for the projected was projected to be about $1 billion. Transportation Secretary David Ross sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration which asked the federal government to formally rescind its authorization for the project. MJS reports that “…Michael Davies at the Federal Highway Administration sent Ross a letter telling him his agency would revoke its approval for the project if Ross didn’t detail a funding plan for it by Sept. 30.” “This action clearly highlights the absence of any coherent plan to rebuild the freeway system in southeast Wisconsin,” Craig Thompson, executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Development Association, said in a statement. “It will diminish investments already made and make it nearly impossible for business to…

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Renovations Coming To Sheboygan City Hall

SHEBOYGAN – Sheboygan is moving ahead with plans to renovate City Hall for an estimated $10.95 million. The Common Council approved, without discussion and on two 14-to-0 votes, separate committee recommendations to authorize an architect’s plans putting a remodel of the downtown city headquarters at about that cost. Those plans, drafted by local firm Bray Architects, would dramatically alter the look of City Hall. Drafting for the project is still underway, but preliminary estimates show demolition- and construction-related costs could total about $8.8 million. Other “soft costs,” including architectural and engineering fees, permitting costs and contingency funding, among other expenses, could add another $2.15 million. The Common Council in 2016 rejected a roughly $11 million renovation plan over concerns the cost was too high. Subsequent plans tried budgeting the project at between $8 million and $8.5 million. City leaders have also mulled moving out of City Hall, a move that would involve constructing a new building or moving into an existing downtown structure. But city leaders earlier this year largely rejected those ideas in favor of staying in their existing facility.

SHEBOYGAN – Sheboygan is moving ahead with plans to renovate City Hall for an estimated $10.95 million. The Common Council approved, without discussion and on two 14-to-0 votes, separate committee recommendations to authorize an architect’s plans putting a remodel of the downtown city headquarters at about that cost. Those plans, drafted by local firm Bray Architects, would dramatically alter the look of City Hall. Drafting for the project is still underway, but preliminary estimates show demolition- and construction-related costs could total about $8.8 million. Other “soft costs,” including architectural and engineering fees, permitting costs and contingency funding, among other expenses, could add another $2.15 million. The Common Council in 2016 rejected a roughly $11 million renovation plan over concerns the cost was too high. Subsequent plans tried budgeting the project at between $8 million and $8.5 million. City leaders have also mulled moving out of City Hall, a move that would involve constructing a new building or moving into an existing downtown structure. But city leaders earlier this year largely rejected those ideas in favor of staying in their existing facility.

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Deportations in the Dark

Washington D.C. – The American Immigration Council released “Deportations in the Dark: Lack of Process and Information in the Removal of Mexican Migrants,” a special report that analyzes behavioral patterns of United States immigration authorities during the apprehension, custody, and removal of Mexican migrants. Based on new survey data and testimonies collected by the Binational Defense and Advocacy Program, the study found that migrants are frequently deprived of legally required information, thwarted from contacting their consulates, compelled to sign documents they cannot read or understand, threatened with protracted detention, and blocked from applying for asylum and other legal claims. “When migrants are in U.S. custody, access to relevant information and fair treatment are extremely important,” said Guillermo Cantor, Research Director of the American Immigration Council and co-author of the report. “When the authorities overstep their legal boundaries and deprive migrants of critical information or a fair process, migrants may be unjustly deported and also lose the ability to seek different forms of immigration relief to which they might be eligible.” “This report reveals that from apprehension to expulsion, Mexican migrants suffer a host of violations, abuses, and ill treatment while in the custody of immigration authorities. These abuses are likely…

Washington D.C. – The American Immigration Council released “Deportations in the Dark: Lack of Process and Information in the Removal of Mexican Migrants,” a special report that analyzes behavioral patterns of United States immigration authorities during the apprehension, custody, and removal of Mexican migrants. Based on new survey data and testimonies collected by the Binational Defense and Advocacy Program, the study found that migrants are frequently deprived of legally required information, thwarted from contacting their consulates, compelled to sign documents they cannot read or understand, threatened with protracted detention, and blocked from applying for asylum and other legal claims. “When migrants are in U.S. custody, access to relevant information and fair treatment are extremely important,” said Guillermo Cantor, Research Director of the American Immigration Council and co-author of the report. “When the authorities overstep their legal boundaries and deprive migrants of critical information or a fair process, migrants may be unjustly deported and also lose the ability to seek different forms of immigration relief to which they might be eligible.” “This report reveals that from apprehension to expulsion, Mexican migrants suffer a host of violations, abuses, and ill treatment while in the custody of immigration authorities. These abuses are likely…

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Building Bridges, Not Barriers

Editor’s Note: The following is a message from the United Migrant Opportunity (UMOS). On September 10, 2017, UMOS, with the community, celebrated Mexican Independence Day that originally celebrated on September 16, 1810. This year marked the 46th year of celebration in Milwaukee. The September 16th celebration is held to commemorate the decades of political unrest that took place in Mexico, proceeding Miguel Hidalgo’s cry of Delores in 1810. Every year the Grito ceremony has been performed honoring the country’s bloody struggle for independence from Spain. “We were happy, thankful and deeply honored that the Consul of Mexico-Milwaukee, Julian Adem Díaz de Leon, authenticated our ceremony with his performance of the Grito,” says LupeMartinez, President and Chief Executive Officer, UMOS. Originally, the Mexican Independence Day celebration in Milwaukee was coordinated by Mr. Filiberto Murguia, former executive director of the Spanish Center in Milwaukee. The Parade marched down National Avenue and ended with the festival at Mitchell Park. UMOS began coordinating the event in 1980.  Today, the 80-parade units march down Oklahoma Avenue and ends with the festival at the UMOS Center on Chase Ave. Celebration of the event is still relevant today. The relevance is about the freedom and the importance…

Editor’s Note: The following is a message from the United Migrant Opportunity (UMOS). On September 10, 2017, UMOS, with the community, celebrated Mexican Independence Day that originally celebrated on September 16, 1810. This year marked the 46th year of celebration in Milwaukee. The September 16th celebration is held to commemorate the decades of political unrest that took place in Mexico, proceeding Miguel Hidalgo’s cry of Delores in 1810. Every year the Grito ceremony has been performed honoring the country’s bloody struggle for independence from Spain. “We were happy, thankful and deeply honored that the Consul of Mexico-Milwaukee, Julian Adem Díaz de Leon, authenticated our ceremony with his performance of the Grito,” says LupeMartinez, President and Chief Executive Officer, UMOS. Originally, the Mexican Independence Day celebration in Milwaukee was coordinated by Mr. Filiberto Murguia, former executive director of the Spanish Center in Milwaukee. The Parade marched down National Avenue and ended with the festival at Mitchell Park. UMOS began coordinating the event in 1980.  Today, the 80-parade units march down Oklahoma Avenue and ends with the festival at the UMOS Center on Chase Ave. Celebration of the event is still relevant today. The relevance is about the freedom and the importance…

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Mexico Rocked By Earthquake, Puerto Rico Pummeled By Hurricane Maria

The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico has risen to more than 200 people. Rescuers continue to search for survivors among the rubble of collapsed buildings in the nation’s capital city and in the surrounding region. The death toll will likely continue to rise. The devastating magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck around 1 p.m. local time 100 miles south of Mexico City, and just two weeks after a more powerful earthquake caused a wave of destruction of Mexico’s Pacific coast and led to the deaths of more than 90 people. Dozens of buildings shook and caved, and a school in southern Mexico City collapsed, killing at least 21 children and four adults. At least 30 children are still being reported as missing. Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria made landfall around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center reported sustained winds at 150 miles per hour. The center projects the eye of the hurricane to move across Puerto Rico this morning and pass the island by the afternoon before swinging just north of the Dominican Republic, where there are still expected to be hurricane conditions on Wednesday night and Thursday. The…

The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico has risen to more than 200 people. Rescuers continue to search for survivors among the rubble of collapsed buildings in the nation’s capital city and in the surrounding region. The death toll will likely continue to rise. The devastating magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck around 1 p.m. local time 100 miles south of Mexico City, and just two weeks after a more powerful earthquake caused a wave of destruction of Mexico’s Pacific coast and led to the deaths of more than 90 people. Dozens of buildings shook and caved, and a school in southern Mexico City collapsed, killing at least 21 children and four adults. At least 30 children are still being reported as missing. Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria made landfall around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center reported sustained winds at 150 miles per hour. The center projects the eye of the hurricane to move across Puerto Rico this morning and pass the island by the afternoon before swinging just north of the Dominican Republic, where there are still expected to be hurricane conditions on Wednesday night and Thursday. The…

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New look to the north gate at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee is in the works.

Milwaukee – Plans for that new north gate for the Henry Maier Festival Park along Milwaukee’s lakefront were made public this week. Summerfest organizer Milwaukee World Festival Inc. is leading the project. Summerfest’s rebuilt north gate will include a new ticket building, and modernized turnstyles for people waiting in line to enter the festival grounds. Those changes will ease the congestion for people waiting in line and add space for the metal detectors that are now used at Summerfest’s gates, said Robert Gosse, Milwaukee World Festival director of design and construction. Construction could start on the new gate in late September for completion in time for the 2018 festival season, Gosse said. Summerfest also is extending the project into part of the Urban Park green space north of the festival grounds. The Urban Park area will remain mostly green space, but new plants will line Harbor Drive’s sidewalks and walkways heading toward the lake. The soccer fields in Urban Park will remain. The Historic 3rd Ward Architectural Review Board approved the project Wednesday. Fundraising and planning are underway for that proposed $25 million city project. Milwaukee World Festival, meanwhile, is in the midst of a multi-year rehab of the festival…

Milwaukee – Plans for that new north gate for the Henry Maier Festival Park along Milwaukee’s lakefront were made public this week. Summerfest organizer Milwaukee World Festival Inc. is leading the project. Summerfest’s rebuilt north gate will include a new ticket building, and modernized turnstyles for people waiting in line to enter the festival grounds. Those changes will ease the congestion for people waiting in line and add space for the metal detectors that are now used at Summerfest’s gates, said Robert Gosse, Milwaukee World Festival director of design and construction. Construction could start on the new gate in late September for completion in time for the 2018 festival season, Gosse said. Summerfest also is extending the project into part of the Urban Park green space north of the festival grounds. The Urban Park area will remain mostly green space, but new plants will line Harbor Drive’s sidewalks and walkways heading toward the lake. The soccer fields in Urban Park will remain. The Historic 3rd Ward Architectural Review Board approved the project Wednesday. Fundraising and planning are underway for that proposed $25 million city project. Milwaukee World Festival, meanwhile, is in the midst of a multi-year rehab of the festival…

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Kenosha Pulls Out of Foxconn Deal

MILWAUKEE — The city of Kenosha says it’s no longer in the hunt to land a Foxconn plant. Mayor John Antaramian wrote a letter to Gov. Scott Walker on this telling Walker that the legislative bill being considered for Foxconn doesn’t do enough to address state laws making it difficult for the city to support the project. The mayor cited restrictions involving tax increment districts, the state’s levy limit law and more. Kenosha’s absence would leave Racine County as the likeliest spot for a display assembly plant expected to employ thousands. Legislators are voting this week on a nearly $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn. In related news, State Senator Lena Taylor blasted lawmakers pushing Foxconn deal regarding environment concerns. Early this week the Republican-controlled Wisconsin State Senate voted to approve the deal. The Taiwanese tech giant, Foxconn, received both special exemption and treatment from Wisconsin’s environmental protections and legal system. “This deal lacks transparency, accountability, and leaves the state open to be ripped off,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). “It’s troubling that the deal lacks immediate workforce training or infrastructure dollars and transportation for the state’s unemployed residents to get to these alleged jobs.” “Even more shameful is the…

MILWAUKEE — The city of Kenosha says it’s no longer in the hunt to land a Foxconn plant. Mayor John Antaramian wrote a letter to Gov. Scott Walker on this telling Walker that the legislative bill being considered for Foxconn doesn’t do enough to address state laws making it difficult for the city to support the project. The mayor cited restrictions involving tax increment districts, the state’s levy limit law and more. Kenosha’s absence would leave Racine County as the likeliest spot for a display assembly plant expected to employ thousands. Legislators are voting this week on a nearly $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn. In related news, State Senator Lena Taylor blasted lawmakers pushing Foxconn deal regarding environment concerns. Early this week the Republican-controlled Wisconsin State Senate voted to approve the deal. The Taiwanese tech giant, Foxconn, received both special exemption and treatment from Wisconsin’s environmental protections and legal system. “This deal lacks transparency, accountability, and leaves the state open to be ripped off,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). “It’s troubling that the deal lacks immediate workforce training or infrastructure dollars and transportation for the state’s unemployed residents to get to these alleged jobs.” “Even more shameful is the…

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Trump Anula el Programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

En un gran ataque a las comunidades de inmigrantes en todo Estados Unidos, el fiscal general, Jeff Sessions, anunció que el gobierno del presidente Donald Trump cancelará el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por su sigla en inglés), que otorga a casi 800.000 jóvenes inmigrantes permiso para vivir y trabajar en Estados Unidos. Jeff Sessions afirmó: “El Departamento de Justicia recomendó al presidente y al Departamento de Seguridad Nacional que el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional dé inicio a una suspensión gradual, legítima y ordenada, que incluya la cancelación del memorando de autorización de este programa”. El expresidente Barack Obama implementó el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia en 2012, tras casi una década de protestas masivas por parte de organizaciones de base y de acción directa de jóvenes indocumentados en todo el país. Obama calificó de “cruel” la decisión de Trump de cancelar el programa. Ahora, el gobierno de Trump afirma que comenzará a eliminar las protecciones en seis meses, lo que significa que algunos beneficiarios del programa podrán calificar para la deportación a partir de marzo de 2018. Hasta ese momento, el Congreso tiene la oportunidad de aprobar una…

En un gran ataque a las comunidades de inmigrantes en todo Estados Unidos, el fiscal general, Jeff Sessions, anunció que el gobierno del presidente Donald Trump cancelará el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por su sigla en inglés), que otorga a casi 800.000 jóvenes inmigrantes permiso para vivir y trabajar en Estados Unidos. Jeff Sessions afirmó: “El Departamento de Justicia recomendó al presidente y al Departamento de Seguridad Nacional que el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional dé inicio a una suspensión gradual, legítima y ordenada, que incluya la cancelación del memorando de autorización de este programa”. El expresidente Barack Obama implementó el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia en 2012, tras casi una década de protestas masivas por parte de organizaciones de base y de acción directa de jóvenes indocumentados en todo el país. Obama calificó de “cruel” la decisión de Trump de cancelar el programa. Ahora, el gobierno de Trump afirma que comenzará a eliminar las protecciones en seis meses, lo que significa que algunos beneficiarios del programa podrán calificar para la deportación a partir de marzo de 2018. Hasta ese momento, el Congreso tiene la oportunidad de aprobar una…

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Group Charges UnitedHealthCare Is Red Lining Milwaukee

Milwaukee – A coalition of activists, medical professionals, family of those in the opioid recovery community are holding a press conference to denounce UnitedHealth Care (UHC) for red lining Milwaukee, and failing to support comprehensive treatment for addicts caught in the endless churning of the opioid/heroin epidemic in the city. Advociad hold a press conference in front of UnitedHealth Care to highlight what the group charges are discriminatory red lining practices by UnitedHealth Care. “The body count increases every month. As more and more people die from addiction, because they are unable to get proper comprehensive treatment, United Health Care enjoys double digit profits as many die from overdose of heroin/opioids in Milwaukee”, said the group in a press release. “It appears insurers have been having issues implementing parity according to substance abuse treatment programs. The Parity Law was made with the express purpose that an insured person has equal access to mental health and substance abuse treatment as opposed to other benefits of health insurance. Most Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in the area are facing difficulty with getting some insurers to cover benefits in substance programs according to what the law should permit”, said attorney Imran Kurter legal counsel…

Milwaukee – A coalition of activists, medical professionals, family of those in the opioid recovery community are holding a press conference to denounce UnitedHealth Care (UHC) for red lining Milwaukee, and failing to support comprehensive treatment for addicts caught in the endless churning of the opioid/heroin epidemic in the city. Advociad hold a press conference in front of UnitedHealth Care to highlight what the group charges are discriminatory red lining practices by UnitedHealth Care. “The body count increases every month. As more and more people die from addiction, because they are unable to get proper comprehensive treatment, United Health Care enjoys double digit profits as many die from overdose of heroin/opioids in Milwaukee”, said the group in a press release. “It appears insurers have been having issues implementing parity according to substance abuse treatment programs. The Parity Law was made with the express purpose that an insured person has equal access to mental health and substance abuse treatment as opposed to other benefits of health insurance. Most Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in the area are facing difficulty with getting some insurers to cover benefits in substance programs according to what the law should permit”, said attorney Imran Kurter legal counsel…

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Suspensión de DACA es cruel: Barack Obama

Washington.- El expresidente estadunidense Barack Obama lamentó este martes que se haya puesto “una sombra” sobre miles de inmigrantes con el fin del programa DACA. El programa protegía de la deportación a 800 mil jóvenes indocumentados, y señaló la decisión adoptada por su sucesor, Donald Trump, de cruel y errónea. Una sombra se ha arrojado sobre algunos de nuestros mejores y más brillantes jóvenes. Apuntar a estos jóvenes es erróneo (…) y es cruel”, afirmó el ex mandatario en un comunicado publicado en Facebook. Atacar a estos jóvenes está mal, porque no han hecho nada malo. Es contraproducente, porque quieren empezar nuevos negocios, ser el personal de nuestros laboratorios, servir en nuestro ejército, y de otro modo contribuir al país que amamos. Y es cruel. ¿Qué pasa si el profesor de ciencias de nuestro hijo o nuestro vecino resulta ser un soñador? ¿Dónde se supone que la vamos a enviar? ¿A un país que no conoce, ni recuerda, con un idioma que ni siquiera puede hablar?”. Vamos a ser claros: la acción tomada hoy no es necesaria legalmente. Es una decisión política, y una pregunta moral. Cualquier preocupación o queja que los americanos puedan tener sobre la inmigración en general,…

Washington.- El expresidente estadunidense Barack Obama lamentó este martes que se haya puesto “una sombra” sobre miles de inmigrantes con el fin del programa DACA. El programa protegía de la deportación a 800 mil jóvenes indocumentados, y señaló la decisión adoptada por su sucesor, Donald Trump, de cruel y errónea. Una sombra se ha arrojado sobre algunos de nuestros mejores y más brillantes jóvenes. Apuntar a estos jóvenes es erróneo (…) y es cruel”, afirmó el ex mandatario en un comunicado publicado en Facebook. Atacar a estos jóvenes está mal, porque no han hecho nada malo. Es contraproducente, porque quieren empezar nuevos negocios, ser el personal de nuestros laboratorios, servir en nuestro ejército, y de otro modo contribuir al país que amamos. Y es cruel. ¿Qué pasa si el profesor de ciencias de nuestro hijo o nuestro vecino resulta ser un soñador? ¿Dónde se supone que la vamos a enviar? ¿A un país que no conoce, ni recuerda, con un idioma que ni siquiera puede hablar?”. Vamos a ser claros: la acción tomada hoy no es necesaria legalmente. Es una decisión política, y una pregunta moral. Cualquier preocupación o queja que los americanos puedan tener sobre la inmigración en general,…

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The Urban League of Racine/ Kenosha Partner with Red Cross

The Urban League of Racine/Kenosha have partnered with the Red Cross collecting donations through its “Give So They Can Live” campaign. In addition the Urban League will have contribution buckets and envelopes available for you to donate $5 (tax deductible) to flood victims in Houston and other Texas counties.  Donations go directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund earmarked for Texas. “Please join our local ‘Give, so they can Live’ campaign in Racine and Kenosha by calling 263.652.2111 mornings or 262.637.8532 afternoons for info”, said Urban League president and CEO Yolanda Adams said her organization consulted with the Red Cross before launching its campaign. “We asked how the Urban League can help, and they said through collection of financial donations,” Adams said. ”We will be the collection site for the donations that we will take to the Red Cross in Milwaukee. We had hoped to collect items, but for now, they are not prepared to receive food and clothing.” Collections will continue for at least 30 days. Donations can be mailed to the Kenosha office at 1418 68th St., 53143, or dropped off from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They also can be mailed to…

The Urban League of Racine/Kenosha have partnered with the Red Cross collecting donations through its “Give So They Can Live” campaign. In addition the Urban League will have contribution buckets and envelopes available for you to donate $5 (tax deductible) to flood victims in Houston and other Texas counties.  Donations go directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund earmarked for Texas. “Please join our local ‘Give, so they can Live’ campaign in Racine and Kenosha by calling 263.652.2111 mornings or 262.637.8532 afternoons for info”, said Urban League president and CEO Yolanda Adams said her organization consulted with the Red Cross before launching its campaign. “We asked how the Urban League can help, and they said through collection of financial donations,” Adams said. ”We will be the collection site for the donations that we will take to the Red Cross in Milwaukee. We had hoped to collect items, but for now, they are not prepared to receive food and clothing.” Collections will continue for at least 30 days. Donations can be mailed to the Kenosha office at 1418 68th St., 53143, or dropped off from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They also can be mailed to…

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