Latina / Chicana Leaders Challenge Standards of Juan Martinez as the deputy county attorney for the "Serial Street Shooter" case

POSTED ON
May 24
Latina / Chicana Leaders Challenge Standards of Juan Martinez as the Deputy County Attorney for the "Serial Street Shooter" Case
 
 
Phoenix, AZ --  Somos Independents is an organization led by Mexican-American women leaders across this Nation. It is our understanding that lawyer Juan Martinez is still on probation.  The Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee of the Arizona Supreme Court ordered prosecutor Juan Martinez placed on probation for a year last September 2016.  That said, the Hispanic public expects much more from prosecutors and Martinez’s book released shortly after his Jodi Arias murder trial significantly risks undermining those expectations.
 
Though police have accused Aaron Saucedo of being the "Serial Street Shooter," prosecutors have not filed charges against him.  That said, according to KJZZ, “Juan Martinez is listed as the deputy county attorney for the "Serial Street Shooter" case. Martinez prosecuted Jodi Arias in another high-profile case in the State of Arizona.” We believe standards should be set high with regard to the serial shooter case and the numerous ethical complaints against Martinez has us concerned.    For instance, why is the State choosing a lawyer who has a long list of ethical complaints filed against him from organizations such as the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice?  On another occasion and according to the AZ Central, “ …  a bar charge lodged against Martinez accused him of violating ethical rules regarding "the existence and content of certain exhibits previously sealed by court order." Essentially, a bar complaint was filed (later dismissed) due to Martinez writing a book about his most famous case, the Jodi Arias murder trial.
 
Our question to the State is:   Why is Juan Martinez the Deputy County Attorney for the Serial Shooter case where prosecutors wanted Court Case Records sealed from us in the public, but is that same lawyer who blabbedwhen his book made general reference to the existence of sealed testimony and exhibits, the references did not contain specific content and was, in some circumstances, publicly available despite the court order(s) sealing the testimony and exhibits"?
 
Lydia Hernandez, a former Arizona State Representative and resident of Maryvale states:
 
As a community member, I question Juan Martinez’s authority in utilizing privileged information.   I continue to feel concerned with how the Maryvale / Phoenix Serial Shooter case is moving forward. The suspect has not been charged but prosecutors have already assigned the prosecuting attorney. A prosecutor who has recently had ethics bar complaints filed against him is questionable to me.   We need an ethical professional that has the public’s trust regarding making sure he is going to be the best professional on this case. We are talking about a capital murder case which involves many deaths. Our community cannot afford any mishaps. We need to raise the bar on this one.
 
 
According to the AZ CENTRAL:
The order states that Martinez violated three Supreme Court rules governing the conduct of attorneys:
  • Engaging in unprofessional conduct.
  • Using means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden any other person, or using methods of obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of such a person by, among other things, improperly attacking the defendant.
  • Engaging in professional misconduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
We believe the State should learn from Martinez’s past mistakes in the Jodi Arias case and not repeat them.  The Chicano / Latino population deserve more in the way of public trust.
 
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Response to May 17, 2017 Hearing: We Demand Right To Our Enjoyment of Free Press in Maryvale / Phoenix Shooting Cas

POSTED ON
May 18

For Immediate Release

May 18, 2017
 
Contacts: 
 
Lydia Hernandez
Former Arizona House of Representatives
 
 
DeeDee Garcia Blase
Co-Founder Somos Independents
 
 
Response to May 17, 2017 Hearing:  Yes to transparency and No to Censorship in Maryvale / Phoenix Serial Shooting Case
 
Phoenix, AZ -- Somos Independents is an organization led by Mexican-American women leaders across this Nation. According to the Arizona Republic: "A Maricopa County Superior Court judge took under advisement a request by several media outlets to unseal court records regarding Aaron Juan Saucedo, who police and prosecutors believe to be the "Serial Street Shooter" who terrorized predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods in Phoenix between the summer of 2015 and July 2016.  In a hearing Wednesday, Deputy County Attorney Patricia Stevens argued that the document should remain closed to keep the media from interfering in the ongoing investigation and to protect what she called "investigatory conclusions" set forth in the document."
 
We want to congratulate the Phoenix Police Department for securing a person of interest.  However, we are respectfully requesting more transparency as it relates to the Maryvale and Phoenix area murders that have affected our community.  
 
Lydia Hernandez who is a former Arizona State Representative and resident of Maryvale states:
 
"As a resident of Maryvale where many shooting occurred, I am asking for due diligence. We don't want to build a false sense of security for our residents. I want the security of knowing that we got the right person beyond a reasonable doubt. Our community is depending on the information that is being shared. Announcements of having captured the Maryvale shooter is technically wrong considering that the person of interest has not been convicted, yet. There are still judicial proceedings to be had. With little information being shared, it has not been proven that the responsible person has been captured."
 
DeeDee Garcia Blase, co-founder of Somos Independents states:
 
"Here at Somos Independents, we believe in investigative journalism and the right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the government, and we intend on supporting the enjoyment of  our freedom of press under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  We believe in transparency particularly when the public's faith in our local authorities has waned due to the handling of a high profile freeway shooting case when we learned Leslie Merritt was charged for this crime and later vindicated -- and it was in that case, too, where local authorities requested sealing  records, only to unseal records later on.  The public has a right to know why one single pawn shop in Phoenix has access to weapons involving 2 high profile shooting cases in the state of Arizona and the pawn shop is a red flag to any reasonable person in search for the truth."
 
 
We hope to have answers to these burning questions that will help the community know and be confident that the right man being accused is in jail.  Now that records have been sealed with a lack of transparency, we may not ever know the answers to these questions.  The Freeway shooting incident takes away a little bit of confidence since a man (Leslie Merritt) was falsely accused and later vindicated. Now that Leslie Merritt is filing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Arizona local authorities, the rest of the American public should not be punished with gross further lack of transparency due to local authorities botching up the freeway shooting case.  There should be no price attached to our enjoyment of freedom of press.
 
 
"I found you guilty of the crime, Of sleeping in a time when you should have been wide awake." - Chris Cornell
 
 
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Written Recommendations and Follow-Up To Maryvale Area Community Recommendations In Response To Phoenix PD May 8, 2017 Press Conference

POSTED ON
May 11

or Immediate Release

May 10, 2017
 
Press Conference Contact:  Lydia Hernandez
Former Arizona House of Representatives
Phone:  602.463.9900
 
DeeDee Garcia Blase
Co-Founder Somos Independents
(480) 200-3748
 
Follow-Up To  Maryvale Area Community Recommendations In Response To Phoenix PD May 8, 2017 Press Conference
 
Phoenix, AZ -- Somos Independents is an organization led by Mexican-American women leaders across this Nation.  We want to congratulate the Phoenix Police Department for securing a person of interest.  However, we are respectfully requesting more transparency as it relates to the Maryvale and Phoenix area murders that have affected our community.  We are not sure why Maricopa County Counselor Bill Montgomery has sealed the case since the Phoenix Police Department seem certain they have their suspect.  This reminds us of when DPS sealed records in the Freeway shooter case only for them to be unsealed later on. We believe it is reasonable to seal some information such as protecting informants and juveniles, but in this case a defendant has already been identified and the worry to tip off defendants before they are arrested shouldn’t be there.  Additionally, we believe there should be a general written summary of investigation for the public.
 
At the initial court appearance, the Judge told Aaron Saucedo that “more than likely” the public defender representing him in another case might be representing him in the current case which leads us to believe he has not spoken to a lawyer yet.   After enduring the Freeway Shooter debacle, Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. (a white male who was wrongly accused and later vindicated regarding the freeway shootings) was able to secure his own private lawyers.   But we don’t even know for certain if Aaron Saucedo (a Hispanic male held as a suspect for the Maryvale and Phoenix area serial killings) will have the same single public defender that is defending him in another case.  Our concern is that Saucedo won’t receive the same level of legal advice considering the bogged down system in Phoenix and we want to ensure that due process is fulfilled and a man is innocent until proven guilty in all situations.
 
There was a rush to judgment on the freeway shooter incident and we want to make sure that mistake does not happen again. Leslie Allen Merritt Jr (WHO WAS LATER VINDICATED FROM BEING THE FREEWAY SHOOTER) was arrested at a Walmart in a suburb of Phoenix but he told a judge  they've 'got the wrong guy'.  Merritt told the Judge he was not the shooter and he had no access to his gun because it’s been in a pawn shop for 2 months.  This same pawn shop had Aaron Saucedo’s weapon, too, and he is a Maryvale and Phoenix Area Murder person of interest who also is claiming he is innocent. 
 
We are having problems with this pawn shop who has had 2 weapons in 2 high profile criminal cases. 
 
What is this pawn shop doing with these weapons?
 
Why is the same pawn shop involved in both high-profile cases?
 
Why are both guns involved in the same pawn shop with the same individual who owns that pawn shop?
 
What is this pawn shop doing that other pawn shops are supposed to be doing?
 
Is there a word on the street that this is the pawn shop that buys weapons related to murders or crime?
 
There were 8 other high capacity 9 mm guns involved at this pawn shop, so did the other 8 guns get checked besides Saucedo’s? 
 
Were ballistics testing conducted on all the other 8 high capacity 9 mm guns?  We don’t want evidence ignored or for there to be a blatant tunnel vision from local authorities as was the case in the Freeway shootings investigation.
 
How long was Aaron Saucedo interrogated for?  Was he fed? Was there sleep deprivation?  What is his mental condition?   He looked out of it at the initial court appearance when he appeared in front of the Judge at his initial Court Appearance regarding the serial shootings.   We also noted he wore glasses. Does he wear contact lenses?
 
Was there a motive behind Saucedo killing his mother’s boyfriend?  Was it because he was protecting his mother from domestic abuse?  Was he defending her?
 
We hope to have answers to these burning questions that will help the community know and be confident that the right man being accused is in jail.  Now that records have been sealed with a lack of transparency, we may not ever know the answers to these questions.  The Freeway shooting incident takes away a little bit of confidence since a man (Leslie Merritt) was falsely accused and later vindicated. Now Merritt is filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Arizona local authorities … more than likely at the tax payers expense.
 
 
 
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Instead of Aiming National Guard Against Immigrants, Trump Should Aim To Russians Responsible for the Deployment of Nuclear-tipped Ground-launched Cruise Missiles in Violation of the INF Treaty

POSTED ON
February 17
Source document contributed to DocumentCloud by Jack Gillum (Associated Press).
Trump National Guard Draft Memo

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. I believe Donald Trump is abusing executive orders and other Presidential directives and is retaliating based on the country-wide marches such as the Women’s March (in support of immigrants) and now more recently the country-wide successful “A Day Without An Immigrant“ strikes held yesterday.   Instead of wasting military and National Guard resources against undocumented immigrants, the Trump administration should focus our military against the Russian’s who are responsible for the deployment of nuclear-tipped ground-launched cruise missiles in violation of the INF Treaty.  According to Arizona Senator John McCain, this particular act (Trump has been silent on) is a significant military threat to U.S. forces in Europe and our NATO allies. According to CNN: The US military has released several photos of what it says were SU-24 Russian fighter jets “buzzing” the deck of a US warship in the Black Sea on February 10, 2017.

Today we discovered Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has become the first House Republican to co-sponsor of a bill calling for an independent investigation of foreign interference with the 2016 elections according to The Hill, and I believe this is the time moderate Republicans throughout this Nation ought to get their Republican President (who is a walking constitutional crisis) under control and for the sake of our National Security.

During a Republican primary debate in November, Trump said: “Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower — a good president, great president, people liked him” and “He moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border.” Trump is referring to is Operation Wetback, a highly controversial military-style operation created by Eisenhower and now we see his immigration broadly laid out executive orders pointing to the same thing.  Trump has made it clear his idea to embrace Eisenhower’s Operation Wetback plan where thousands of people who were deported were American citizens.

Republicans and Americans are going to have to reckon with the fact that they are chasing immigrant people who have no access to nuclear-tipped ground-launched cruise missiles in violation of the INF Treaty. Instead of using our military and National Guard against the murderers and thugs executing the orders of Vladimir Putin that Trump seems to have cozied up to, Republicans are choosing to waste tax payer resources as this move will continue to spread out our troops too thin.   Republicans will also need to address the baby boomers who need and depend on immigrant labor to care for them since billions of undocumented immigrant taxes support their social security checks they depend on. Since this is a clear retaliatory move made by Trump and his administration, I implore women and immigrants across this great Nation ‘from Sea to shining Sea’ to continue to be part of the resistance and support the Women’s Day strike on March 8, 2017, in an effort to stand up against a President who wants to rule with an iron fist. As a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, I am ashamed of Trump as he has clearly demonstrated he has zero foreign policy experience that is putting American’s and their safety at risk.

 
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Arizona Immigration Activists Brace The Latino Community For Trump's Mass Deportation Plan a/k/a Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback"

POSTED ON
January 28

For Immediate Release

January 28, 2017
 
 
Lydia Hernandez, Former AZ State Representative
(602) 463-9900
 
DeeDee Garcia Blase, Co-founder SOMOS INDEPENDENTS
(480) 200-3748

 
 
Arizona Immigration Activists Brace The Latino Community For Trump's Mass Deportation Plan a/k/a Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback"
 
Phoenix, AZ --  Arizona immigration activists are sounding the alarm and warning immigrant visa holders to NOT travel outside of our borders in light of being informed that green card holders are being handcuffed, their social media is being reviewed, and they are being asked their views on Trump. Our message to the undocumented and our community related to the undocumented will be to the tune of many  watchman warnings to include "not driving without a driver's license," using driving services like LYFT instead of Uber, not answering their doors at home, ensuring broken tail lights and headlights are fixed on their cars as we prepare for police powers to be expanded, signing guardianship documents for their American-born children to be entrusted to loving and caring families with a new program via Operation Safe Haven Kid, how to deal with children experiencing trauma in fear of their parents being deported, how to report #HateCrimes via SPLC, boycotting Trump's businesses, and more. 

We believe Trump is using the Muslim Ban as a gateway to embracing Eisenhower's Operation Wetback plan.  Unfortunately, American born citizens were accidentally deported under Eisenhower's approach.  By including permanent residents in his recent ban, Trump has basically deported lawful permanent residents without due process. We know the State Department says dual citizens with seven countries are banned from the U.S., however, we believe the executive order Trump just signed could easily be expanded later into what would effectively be a broad Muslim ban.   Legal immigrants arrested upon arrival at JFK; Trump's #MuslimBan is unlawful, unamerican and unconstitutional and we have no choice (in this impending crisis) but to host Immigration Forums on Executive Orders in both English and in Spanish. It is time to be intolerant of the intolerant. 
 
During a Republican primary debate in November, Trump said: ""Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower — a good president, great president, people liked him" and "He moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border." Trump is referring to is Operation Wetback, a highly controversial military-style operation created by Eisenhower and now we see his immigration broadly laid out executive orders pointing to the same thing.
 
Shirl Mora James -- co-founder of Somos Independents and a Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer states:
 
"What Trump laid out was broadly that if an undocumented immigrant jaywalks-- they can be deported.   His executive orders have just made our communities unsafe by what he did even if they are victims of abuse or victims or witnesses of crime because they are going to be careful and will not report crimes now in fear of being deported. "
 
David Leopold -- immigration lawyer and former President of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) states:
 
"Under Trump’s Executive Order there are four basic priorities, but taken together they actually throw any notion of prioritization out the window.
Trump’s Executive Order goes after:
  • People convicted of any criminal offense, regardless of what the offense was, when it occurred, or the circumstances of the conviction;
  • People who haven’t even been convicted of a crime, but have been charged with one;
  • People who have have simply broken a law, with no charges or convictions resulting;
  • People with final administrative deportation orders, no matter how long ago they received the order and their positive ties and contributions; and
  • Anyone else Trump’s Deportation Force wants to prioritize."
 
Lydia Hernandez, former Arizona State Representative, is being proactive in sounding the immigration alarm to our community as she will continue to translate in Spanish the warning points David Leopold (former President of AILA) is making us aware of.  The former Arizona State Representative states:
U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders equal to massive deportations. He has put into action, the infrastructure to subtly implement his plan to deport the undocumented in our country.  He will not need to take any drastic action such as bringing in the national guard or doing it by raiding and rounding people off.  However, he is laying the framework to activate the processes already in place.  Doing away with catch and release and reviving the 287G will allow the already existing law enforcement to obey the law and pick up undocumented that are driving without a license or for any minor traffic infraction.  Per Trump’s executive order, he has stated that his administration will focus on deporting only priority undocumented criminals.  Criminals are those that have violated the law.  Any undocumented that has an encounter with a law enforcement agency will be taken into immigration proceedings.  Meaning they will be turned into ICE and then detention and removal process. 
 
Now more than ever, people need to be informed as to this process and their status so that they are informed and prepared.  I don’t wish anyone to be detained but our community needs to be realistic in that it could happen.  The more we understand the process the better we will be able to deal with it.  Also, I would like to invite our community to attend Immigration forums so that they can be proactive and formulate plans of actions for the wellbeing of their families.    
 
My intention is not to cause panic but to make us aware of what’s coming and more importantly to be prepared. Remember, just because we fall into immigration proceedings does not mean we are deportable. We can remain in the country and go to immigration court and fight the deportation.  Very often, we sign a voluntary departure due to not knowing any better.   Let us not be victims. Let us defend ourselves with existing law. Let’s remain calm and arm ourselves with knowledge of this process. We are here to stay and there are laws that protect us.  Become informed!
 
 
 
 
Arizona Immigration activists are planning seminars beginning this upcoming Thursday at 6:30 pm in light of Donald Trump's executive orders that are essentially a blue print for mass deportation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
El 25 de enero de 2017 el presidente Trump dio a conocer una Orden Ejecutiva, “Mejorando la Seguridad Pública al interior de los Estados Unidos”, que potencialmente convierte a cada inmigrante indocumentado en una prioridad de deportación. Al diezmar la política de la era Obama que priorizaba a quienes representaban el más grave peligro para nuestras comunidades, delincuentes peligrosos y riesgos para la seguridad nacional, Trump está echando por la borda toda idea de “prioridades de deportación”.
El de Trump es un plan de acción para poner en práctica su campaña de promesas de deportación masiva, y establece una Fuerza de Deportación para llevarlas a cabo. Está claro que las órdenes ejecutivas fueron elaboradas por los fanáticos antiinmigrantes más extremistas de la órbita de Trump.
Sin duda, Trump está tratando de encubrir su Orden Ejecutiva en la parafernalia superficial de una política encaminada a deportar “delincuentes”. Pero eso era lo que hacían las políticas de Obama. El lenguaje técnico de la Orden de Trump va mucho más allá de toda definición de sentido común en torno a lo que es un delincuente peligroso.
Como era de esperar, Trump está mintiendo.
El alcance de esta política no es de extrañar, dada la inclinación de Trump a sus excesivas generalizaciones y mentiras. Todos recordamos que empezó su campaña asegurando falsamente que “la mayoría” de los mexicanos son “delincuentes y violadores”. Está llenando su gobierno con algunos de los peores extremistas antiinmigrantes, como el senador Jeff Sessions, nacionalistas blancos y otros miembros en su equipo que el Southern Poverty Law Center calificó de grupos de odio.
También es ampliamente sabido que Trump no presta atención a detalles de políticas públicas y se siente completamente cómodo al mentir en público, aun cuando sus afirmaciones pueden ser claramente refutadas. Recuerden esto cada vez que Trump asegure que su nueva política se enfoca en amenazas y en delincuentes. Si esas fueran realmente sus prioridades, respetaría el memorándum de deportación de Jeh Johnson.
Para quienes quieren entender el origen de esta política, permítanme explicarles. Con base en la Orden Ejecutiva de Trump hay cuatro prioridades básicas, pero considerándolas todas juntas echan por la borda toda idea de priorización.
La Orden Ejecutiva de Trump persigue a:
La gente condenada por cualquier delito, sin importar de qué delito se trate, cuándo ocurrió o las circunstancias de la condena;
La gente que simplemente ha violado la ley, sin acusaciones ni condenas de por medio;
La gente con órdenes administrativas finales de deportación, sin importar hace cuánto tiempo haya recibido la orden ni sus resultados positivos y contribuciones:
y
Cualquiera que la Fuerza de Deportación de Trump quiera priorizar.
La orden ejecutiva de Trump se centra en cualquier persona condenada de cualquier delito, independientemente de lo que haya sido, de cuándo haya ocurrido o de las circunstancias de la condena.
Esto coloca a las multas por estacionamiento en la misma categoría de un asesinato. Claro está, esta lógica desafía el sentido común, pero ahí está plasmado en blanco y negro.
Este lenguaje amplio está incuestionablemente dirigido a los inmigrantes indocumentados que por su situación migratoria han manejado sin licencia o han recibido una multa por un foco fundido. Una vez más las violaciones de tránsito se convertirán en ofensas que ameriten la deportación. Consideren el caso de una esposa indocumentada, madre de un niño ciudadano, que se enfrenta a la desgarradora elección de permitir que su hijo siga sufriendo por una fiebre o ir a la farmacia con una licencia expirada para obtener una medicina recetada.
Tampoco hay límites sobre cuándo ocurrió la condena o cuáles fueron las circunstancias. Un inmigrante de 58 años de edad puede convertirse en prioridad de la Fuerza de Deportación si fue condenado por posesión de un cigarrillo de marihuana, un delito menor, hace 30 años.
La Orden Ejecutiva de Trump se centra en inmigrantes que han sido acusados pero no condenados de un delito.
Trump también le pide a su Fuerza de Deportación ir tras las personas que ni siquiera han sido condenadas por un delito y que simplemente han sido acusadas de una ofensa. Fuera de la claramente injusta práctica de penalizar a alguien basándose en alegaciones no corroboradas, esta cláusula le concede a la policía el poder de transformar a cualquier inmigrante en una prioridad de la aplicación de leyes migratorias solamente acusándolo de alguna ofensa.
“Priorizar a individuos que han sido acusados de un delito pero aun no condenados, concede a las autoridades policiales estatales y locales mayores poderes en inmigración. Un agresivo departamento de policía local podría arrestar a inmigrantes indocumentados aunque no exista suficiente evidencia para encontrarlos culpables en los tribunales. Incluso antes de que sus casos se escuchen, inmediatamente se convertirían en una prioridad de deportación”.
Esto es un regalo para abusadores en serie en materia de derechos civiles como el exalguacil Joe Arpaio, cuya notoria carrera policial se caracterizó por aterrorizar vecindarios latinos y por evidenciar un total desdén al estado de derecho. Con base en el plan migratorio de Trump, todo lo que necesita un agente policial deshonesto es encontrar a un inmigrante que no le guste, acusarlo de un delito y convertirlo en objetivo de la Fuerza de Deportación de Trump.
El plan de Trump también podría beneficiar a los abusadores domésticos. Basta con imaginar el escenario que a diario se suscita en hogares estadounidenses: una inmigrante, residente permanente o indocumentada, es víctima de abuso de parte de su esposo ciudadano estadounidense que la amenaza con la deportación si llama a la policía.
El abuso físico y emocional continúan y una noche algún vecino llama a la policía tras escuchar los gritos de la mujer. Cuando la policía llega, el esposo, aprovechándose de que su esposa no habla inglés con fluidez y de que no está familiarizada con la cultura, miente a los agentes convenciéndoles de que fue su esposa quien lo atacó. Los agentes acusan a la esposa y según el plan migratorio de Trump, instantáneamente se convierte en una prioridad de deportación independientemente de que ella sea la víctima y de que debería ser una prioridad de protección y no de deportación.
La orden ejecutiva de Trump también se centra en inmigrantes que no han sido acusados o condenados de un delito.
Más aún, un inmigrante no tiene que haber sido acusado ni condenado por un delito para ser prioridad de deportación. La jerga legal del plan incluye a inmigrantes “que hayan cometido actos que constituyan una ofensa criminal por la que puedan ser acusados”.
Las implicaciones son impresionantes. Podría otorgarle a la Fuerza de Deportación de Trump la autoridad legal de centrarse en millones de inmigrantes que nunca han sido acusados de un delito pero que ingresaron a Estados Unidos sin inspección, o trabajaron o manejaron un vehículo sin autorización. Concede al DHS y a ICE poderes ilimitados combinando al Big Brother con la Thought Police, y es un escalofriante ejemplo de control gubernamental. Quien no haya violado alguna ley, cualquier ley, que tire la primera piedra.
La priorización de deportaciones se echaría por la borda.
La política migratoria de Trump amenaza a millones de inmigrantes, incluyendo a los DREAMers, que han vivido en este país por décadas simplemente por tener una vieja orden de deportación.
Existen muchas razones por las cuales los inmigrantes pueden tener una orden de deportación en su pasado. El no haber recibido una notificación para su audiencia en tribunales, por ejemplo, fue un problema notorio hace muchos años.
La orden ejecutiva de Trump no hace excepciones ni toma en consideración las razones por las cuales a estos inmigrantes podría permitírseles permanecer aquí, ni el tiempo que lleven viviendo en Estados Unidos, ni si están casados con un ciudadano estadounidense o tienen hijos ciudadanos, ni el contenido de su carácter ni las contribuciones que estén haciendo. La orden ejecutiva tampoco considera las situaciones con base en las cuales un inmigrante tiene derecho a que su orden de deportación puede ser revocada.
Finalmente, la orden ejecutiva de Trump incluye una cláusula de “deténganlos a todos”, que concede a los agentes migratorios de menor rango la autoridad discrecional de deportar básicamente a cualquiera.
La orden ejecutiva se sustenta en la premisa de Trump de que “muchos” de los 11 millones de inmigrantes sin documentos constituyen una “amenaza real a la seguridad  nacional y la seguridad pública”. Este lenguaje, combinado con una cláusula que concede a los agentes migratorios de menor rango el poder de deportar a cualquiera basándose en su singular criterio de que esa persona representa “un riesgo para la seguridad nacional y la seguridad pública”, es una clara señal de que el presidente Trump quiere que su Fuerza de Deportación se sienta con todo el poder de enfocarse en cualquier persona.
En resumen, la orden ejecutiva de Trump no está únicamente reescribiendo las prioridades de deportación de Jeh Johnson, sino que está desechando cualquier tipo de priorización.
Es un plan de acción para la deportación masiva. Nadie debe creer lo contrario.
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David Leopold: La Acción Ejecutiva de Trump en inmigración es un plan de acción para la deportación masiva

POSTED ON
January 27

This is written in English by David Leopold who is a former President of AILA -- American Immigration Lawyers Association  a national association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law.

In English here.

El 25 de enero de 2017 el presidente Trump dio a conocer una Orden Ejecutiva, “Mejorando la Seguridad Pública al interior de los Estados Unidos”, que potencialmente convierte a cada inmigrante indocumentado en una prioridad de deportación. Al diezmar la política de la era Obama que priorizaba a quienes representaban el más grave peligro para nuestras comunidades, delincuentes peligrosos y riesgos para la seguridad nacional, Trump está echando por la borda toda idea de “prioridades de deportación”.

El de Trump es un plan de acción para poner en práctica su campaña de promesas de deportación masiva, y establece una Fuerza de Deportación para llevarlas a cabo. Está claro que las órdenes ejecutivas fueron elaboradas por los fanáticos antiinmigrantes más extremistas de la órbita de Trump.

Sin duda, Trump está tratando de encubrir su Orden Ejecutiva en la parafernalia superficial de una política encaminada a deportar “delincuentes”. Pero eso era lo que hacían las políticas de Obama. El lenguaje técnico de la Orden de Trump va mucho más allá de toda definición de sentido común en torno a lo que es un delincuente peligroso.

Como era de esperar, Trump está mintiendo.

El alcance de esta política no es de extrañar, dada la inclinación de Trump a sus excesivas generalizaciones y mentiras. Todos recordamos que empezó su campaña asegurando falsamente que “la mayoría” de los mexicanos son “delincuentes y violadores”. Está llenando su gobierno con algunos de los peores extremistas antiinmigrantes, como el senador Jeff Sessions, nacionalistas blancos y otros miembros en su equipo que el Southern Poverty Law Center calificó de grupos de odio.

También es ampliamente sabido que Trump no presta atención a detalles de políticas públicas y se siente completamente cómodo al mentir en público, aun cuando sus afirmaciones pueden ser claramente refutadas. Recuerden esto cada vez que Trump asegure que su nueva política se enfoca en amenazas y en delincuentes. Si esas fueran realmente sus prioridades, respetaría el memorándum de deportación de Jeh Johnson.

Para quienes quieren entender el origen de esta política, permítanme explicarles. Con base en la Orden Ejecutiva de Trump hay cuatro prioridades básicas, pero considerándolas todas juntas echan por la borda toda idea de priorización.

La Orden Ejecutiva de Trump persigue a:

La gente condenada por cualquier delito, sin importar de qué delito se trate, cuándo ocurrió o las circunstancias de la condena;

La gente que simplemente ha violado la ley, sin acusaciones ni condenas de por medio;

La gente con órdenes administrativas finales de deportación, sin importar hace cuánto tiempo haya recibido la orden ni sus resultados positivos y contribuciones:

y

Cualquiera que la Fuerza de Deportación de Trump quiera priorizar.

La orden ejecutiva de Trump se centra en cualquier persona condenada de cualquier delito, independientemente de lo que haya sido, de cuándo haya ocurrido o de las circunstancias de la condena.

Esto coloca a las multas por estacionamiento en la misma categoría de un asesinato. Claro está, esta lógica desafía el sentido común, pero ahí está plasmado en blanco y negro.

Este lenguaje amplio está incuestionablemente dirigido a los inmigrantes indocumentados que por su situación migratoria han manejado sin licencia o han recibido una multa por un foco fundido. Una vez más las violaciones de tránsito se convertirán en ofensas que ameriten la deportación. Consideren el caso de una esposa indocumentada, madre de un niño ciudadano, que se enfrenta a la desgarradora elección de permitir que su hijo siga sufriendo por una fiebre o ir a la farmacia con una licencia expirada para obtener una medicina recetada.

Tampoco hay límites sobre cuándo ocurrió la condena o cuáles fueron las circunstancias. Un inmigrante de 58 años de edad puede convertirse en prioridad de la Fuerza de Deportación si fue condenado por posesión de un cigarrillo de marihuana, un delito menor, hace 30 años.

La Orden Ejecutiva de Trump se centra en inmigrantes que han sido acusados pero no condenados de un delito.

Trump también le pide a su Fuerza de Deportación ir tras las personas que ni siquiera han sido condenadas por un delito y que simplemente han sido acusadas de una ofensa. Fuera de la claramente injusta práctica de penalizar a alguien basándose en alegaciones no corroboradas, esta cláusula le concede a la policía el poder de transformar a cualquier inmigrante en una prioridad de la aplicación de leyes migratorias solamente acusándolo de alguna ofensa.

Como observa Danny Vinik, de POLITICO:

“Priorizar a individuos que han sido acusados de un delito pero aun no condenados, concede a las autoridades policiales estatales y locales mayores poderes en inmigración. Un agresivo departamento de policía local podría arrestar a inmigrantes indocumentados aunque no exista suficiente evidencia para encontrarlos culpables en los tribunales. Incluso antes de que sus casos se escuchen, inmediatamente se convertirían en una prioridad de deportación”.

Esto es un regalo para abusadores en serie en materia de derechos civiles como el exalguacil Joe Arpaio, cuya notoria carrera policial se caracterizó por aterrorizar vecindarios latinos y por evidenciar un total desdén al estado de derecho. Con base en el plan migratorio de Trump, todo lo que necesita un agente policial deshonesto es encontrar a un inmigrante que no le guste, acusarlo de un delito y convertirlo en objetivo de la Fuerza de Deportación de Trump.

El plan de Trump también podría beneficiar a los abusadores domésticos. Basta con imaginar el escenario que a diario se suscita en hogares estadounidenses: una inmigrante, residente permanente o indocumentada, es víctima de abuso de parte de su esposo ciudadano estadounidense que la amenaza con la deportación si llama a la policía.

El abuso físico y emocional continúan y una noche algún vecino llama a la policía tras escuchar los gritos de la mujer. Cuando la policía llega, el esposo, aprovechándose de que su esposa no habla inglés con fluidez y de que no está familiarizada con la cultura, miente a los agentes convenciéndoles de que fue su esposa quien lo atacó. Los agentes acusan a la esposa y según el plan migratorio de Trump, instantáneamente se convierte en una prioridad de deportación independientemente de que ella sea la víctima y de que debería ser una prioridad de protección y no de deportación.

La orden ejecutiva de Trump también se centra en inmigrantes que no han sido acusados o condenados de un delito.

Más aún, un inmigrante no tiene que haber sido acusado ni condenado por un delito para ser prioridad de deportación. La jerga legal del plan incluye a inmigrantes “que hayan cometido actos que constituyan una ofensa criminal por la que puedan ser acusados”.

Las implicaciones son impresionantes. Podría otorgarle a la Fuerza de Deportación de Trump la autoridad legal de centrarse en millones de inmigrantes que nunca han sido acusados de un delito pero que ingresaron a Estados Unidos sin inspección, o trabajaron o manejaron un vehículo sin autorización. Concede al DHS y a ICE poderes ilimitados combinando al Big Brother con la Thought Police, y es un escalofriante ejemplo de control gubernamental. Quien no haya violado alguna ley, cualquier ley, que tire la primera piedra.

La priorización de deportaciones se echaría por la borda.

La política migratoria de Trump amenaza a millones de inmigrantes, incluyendo a los DREAMers, que han vivido en este país por décadas simplemente por tener una vieja orden de deportación.

Existen muchas razones por las cuales los inmigrantes pueden tener una orden de deportación en su pasado. El no haber recibido una notificación para su audiencia en tribunales, por ejemplo, fue un problema notorio hace muchos años.

La orden ejecutiva de Trump no hace excepciones ni toma en consideración las razones por las cuales a estos inmigrantes podría permitírseles permanecer aquí, ni el tiempo que lleven viviendo en Estados Unidos, ni si están casados con un ciudadano estadounidense o tienen hijos ciudadanos, ni el contenido de su carácter ni las contribuciones que estén haciendo. La orden ejecutiva tampoco considera las situaciones con base en las cuales un inmigrante tiene derecho a que su orden de deportación puede ser revocada.

Finalmente, la orden ejecutiva de Trump incluye una cláusula de “deténganlos a todos”, que concede a los agentes migratorios de menor rango la autoridad discrecional de deportar básicamente a cualquiera.

La orden ejecutiva se sustenta en la premisa de Trump de que “muchos” de los 11 millones de inmigrantes sin documentos constituyen una “amenaza real a la seguridad  nacional y la seguridad pública”. Este lenguaje, combinado con una cláusula que concede a los agentes migratorios de menor rango el poder de deportar a cualquiera basándose en su singular criterio de que esa persona representa “un riesgo para la seguridad nacional y la seguridad pública”, es una clara señal de que el presidente Trump quiere que su Fuerza de Deportación se sienta con todo el poder de enfocarse en cualquier persona.

En resumen, la orden ejecutiva de Trump no está únicamente reescribiendo las prioridades de deportación de Jeh Johnson, sino que está desechando cualquier tipo de priorización.

Es un plan de acción para la deportación masiva. Nadie debe creer lo contrario.

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Brace Yourselves For Mass Deportations Under Trump

POSTED ON
January 26

Make no mistake .. the leaked Trump Immigration plan is a federal version of Arizona's SB1070 that expands police powers. 

ICE employees had an emergency meeting this morning. We know the Trump administration has tripled ICE agents and added 5000 border patrol agents to the payroll roster despite his hypocritical Federal Hiring Freeze.   With Trump's appointments like Steve Bannon and Julie Kirchner who worked at America’s most influential anti-immigrant organization for almost ten years before leaving in 2015 to become an immigration advisor to the Trump campaign.

According to the SPLC:

The appointment, reported by multiple sources, suggests that President Trump intends to follow through with his promises to anti-immigrant advocates. Throughout his campaign, Trump worked closely with nativist leaders and has appointed individuals such as U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (Attorney General) and Mike Pompeo (Director of the Central Intelligence Agency) who maintain cozy relationships with America’s anti-immigrant movement.

After Trump’s election, and certainly throughout his campaign, nativists have rejoiced with their newfound intimacy with the White House, and Kirchner’s appointment is only the latest of extremists groups suddenly enjoying a direct line to federal power.

According to NY POST,  Trump is lashing out on sanctuary cities [a/k/a the Good Samaritan idea] when Trump blamed sanctuary cities — which include New York — for having “caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.”

But an interesting coincidence is highlighted by the Rolling Stones Magazine:

Mark Hetfield, president of HIAS – founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe and Russia, and now actively resettling Syrian refugees – calls the draft order "obscene," "offensive" and "an outrage."

 "It's unbelievable," Hetfield says, that the leaked draft is being circulated the same week as Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on Friday. "The irony must be lost on him, but the entire Refugee Convention came out of the ashes of the Holocaust, and he's abdicating American responsibility when it comes to refugees. It's disgusting."

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Residents fear the coming intensified crackdown, says Seifert, as they are already subject to questioning from the Customs and Border Control agents patrolling their communities. Seifert and other advocates point to deaths and injuries to residents at the hands of border control agents; the Southern Borders Community Coalition, which maintains data on these incidents, says that 46 people have died "as the result of an encounter with U.S. border agents" since 2010. An October 2016 investigation in The Guardian documented the increasing militarization of border control, and how it has led to abuses.

One of the executive orders Trump signed Wednesday calls for hiring 5,000 additional border control officers, and orders the DHS secretary to "allocate all legally available resources to immediately construct, operate, control, or establish contracts to construct, operate, or control facilities to detain aliens at or near the land border with Mexico." The other requires the hiring of an additional 10,000 immigration officers.

"Expanding the size and power of security forces in the border area," says Southern Borders Community Coalition Director Christian Ramirez in a statement, "will further erode the freedoms and rights of tens of millions of people who call the southern border communities home."

 

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Fiscal Republicans Would Rather Pay Billions for a Border Wall but Not Healthcare for Americans

POSTED ON
January 26

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Via Congressional Reporter Laura Barron-Lopez  with Huffington Post:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that Congress will pay $12 billion to $15 billion for a border wall upfront, dodging questions about whether they will offset the cost with spending cuts. 

The estimate comes one day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the construction of a wall along the approximately 2,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico. It remains unclear what the wall would actually look like, or if it would simply expand upon fencing that is already on the southwestern border.

“We intend to address the wall issue ourselves, and the president can deal with his relations with other countries,” McConnell told reporters at the GOP’s annual retreat. 

Journalists asked the Republican leaders three times if Congress would offset the cost of the wall, but they would not provide a direct answer. 

Once the White House sends over a supplemental ― a request for additional money to build the wall ― “[Congress] will process that supplemental before the end of the current fiscal year expires,” Ryan said, meaning Republicans plan to push it through by the end of September. 

Despite his admission that Congress would foot the bill for the wall upfront, Ryan insisted that Republicans are still fiscal conservatives at their core and would “find the fiscal space” to pay for projects like the wall in their spring budget. 

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Veterans Still Stranded At Standing Rock Can Get Help Through Woman Vet Bonnie Hoppa

POSTED ON
December 09

For Immediate Release

December 9, 2016
 
Bonnie Hoppa
DMVSRVeterans@gmail.com
 
Margaret Engles Reyes
 
DeeDee Garcia Blase
 
Veterans Still Stranded At Standing Rock Can Get Help Through Woman Vet Bonnie Hoppa
 
North Dakota -- The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota is asking people camping near the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline to go home, and we believe his wish should be carried out.  Unfortunately, there are still reports of stranded veterans at Standing Rock who are not getting the help promised by Wes Clark Jr. even though $1.5 million dollars have been raised by himself and Michael A Woods Jr. for approximately a month.  Two Go Fund Me pages were set up here and here.
 
Jason Anderson created this live video reporting truths about the stranded veterans in North Dakota and the video continues to be shared on social media.  He wrote in the comments of his video:  "Promises were made to us veterans. Not one was kept. We took care of ourselves and what Natives we could."
 
But veteran Bonnie Hoppa is stepping up to the plate for veterans who are not getting answers from Wes Clark Jr and writes:
 
If you are a Veteran who is stranded in ND, please message me here or email me at DMVSRVeterans@gmail.com. My team has coordinated a place for you to stay.
 
Somos Independents is asking Wes Clark Jr.and Michael A Woods Jr. to ensure "No Man Is Left Behind," and we are disappointed they are planning another mission  without first dealing with the Veterans who are stranded at Standing Rock and giving them the reimbursements they promised. Their first operation was planned poorly leaving many Vets and volunteers stranded, and if they have time to collect monies and ask for donations in another project -- they must first clean up the mess and ensure nobody is stranded that answered the call of duty. 
 
For those who want to donate to Standing Rock cause, please donate directly to the camp where the money goes to the Tribe and Water Protectors for whatever they need.
 
Yesterday Wes Clark Jr. issued an apology, however, until he rights the wrong, other veterans will not accept his apology.
 
Veteran Hoppa writes:
 
So, the expanded version of the screenshot i posted is basically even more dismissive and whiny than what it initially looked like.My assessment that dude was still focused entirely on his own goals and benefit, and indifferent to the needs of others, still stands. He had a happy-woo-spiritual experience, and a ton of media FaceTime, at the expense the well-being of others. Apology not accepted, because you obviously either still don't understand what you did wrong, or you don't care.
 
 
(Above)  Video of Veteran who has called Wes Clark Jr. (son of retired Army General Wes Clark)
a thief who is collecting money leaving vets stranded at Standing Rock in North Dakota.
 
 
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Veterans Beware With “Veterans Stand For Standing Rock” Soliciting Funds But Not Reimbursing Vets Volunteering Yet

POSTED ON
December 08

For Immediate Release

December 8, 2016

 
Veterans Beware With “Veterans Stand For Standing Rock” Soliciting Funds But Not Reimbursing Vets Volunteering Yet
 
North Dakota -- The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota is asking people camping near the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline to go home, and we believe his wish should be carried out.  Is Wes Clark Jr., doing more harm to veterans than good?  And more harm to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation than good?  The operation at Standing Rock left several Veterans stranded fending on their own.  1.5 million dollars are going to individuals and not a professional organization. 
 
Veterans such as Sean Pearson, Matt Kruse, Jason Anderson are complaining about people’s lives being at risk.  Veterans with medical issues responded to the Call of Duty but were left stranded with poor operation planning. Other vets are complaining  Wes Clark Jr. is putting himself up at the hotel in the Casino while other vets are left to fend for themselves in subzero temperatures.  Veterans who have travelled from across the Nation and Canada have complained about not getting reimbursed for their travels and food despite 1.5 million dollars in contributions collected by Wes Clark Jr.  Two Go Fund Me pages were set up here and here
 
Margarete Engles Reyes, a mid-Atlantic leader for Somos Independents who is on the ground in North Dakota volunteering states:
 
We came to protect the First Nations People and the water protectors. We did not come to deplete their finite resources.  Because Wes Clark Jr. doesn’t know how to put an operation together with appropriate logistics and command structure, this put a strain on the locals who graciously chose to support those who came to support them.   Wes Clark Jr. promised to reimburse veterans once their travel receipts were submitted. Veterans were promised food and billeting however, this did not materialize in many cases and many traveling there were left to fend on their own in subzero weather.  There were no pre-established rosters, no vetting of people’s skill levels or even proof of military service.   
 
For those who want to donate to Standing Rock cause, please donate directly to the camp where the money goes to the Tribe and Water Protectors for whatever they need. 
 
 
“Frankly, you abandoned all the folks at Fort Yates, and haven't responsibly communicated with anyone. You're not the only ones running on no sleep, and a lot of folks had substantially less comfortable accommodations than the hotel rooms you had.

I'm unimpressed. I'll believe y'all when you actually start acting like accountable, responsible leaders, instead of selfish opportunists. No more excuses. No more trying to bury the negative under shiny bullshit and feel-good videos.

At the very best, you have proven yourselves incapable of properly running an operation like this. You failed the people who volunteered to help you. It is beyond irresponsible to ask anyone to trust you on another venture, to start volunteering, and to start donating, when you haven't even begun closing out the current one.”
 
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"Commander"?! You sat in a hotel room and made patronizing videos while my crew sat at Fort Yates with minimal food and NO GUIDANCE FROM YOU.

You lied to the people who signed up to go. You haven't done shit to lead them properly. Oh, and you're STILL RAISING FUNDS FOR AN OP THAT ENDED YESTERDAY.

Your days as a posturing glory hound are at an end. We will not stand for this."
 
 
 
 
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