Published on Nov 14, 2017
Published on Nov 14, 2017
Federal authorities arrested Misael “Temblor” Zambrano Gonzalez in southeast Baltimore after a brief foot chase in a residential area. The man is wanted on two separate murder warrants in two states.
According to information released by the U.S. Marshals Service, Zambrano is wanted for the 2016 murder of a 16-year-old male teen in Houston, Texas. Zambrano fled to Maryland where he reportedly carried out another homicide in 2017. Zambrano is also a suspect in the July 30 murder of 35-year-old Wilson Hernandez in Indianapolis.
According to the Tennessean, Zambrano and Hernandez got into a heated argument over a woman that escalated to the point where Zambrano stabbed the victim eight times in the back. Shortly after, Zambrano was reportedly able to escape authorities by jumping from a balcony.
Deputy U.S. Marshals and local authorities also tracked down and arrested Milton A. Portillo Rodriguez, an MS-13 member from El Salvador who is wanted for his alleged role in another murder in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
The capture of both men was done with the use of task forces and special response teams since they are considered to be armed and dangerous. These high-risk arrest operations have become more common in Maryland as law enforcement is forced to deal with the increasing presence of MS-13 members and other criminal alien gangs. At the same time, politicians who push a pro-immigration agenda inadvertently created a breeding ground for the MS-13 as they are able to recruit and expand operations in sanctuary cities.
In Washington, D.C., officials went beyond pushing sanctuary policies and dedicated a $500,000 legal defense fund aimed at helping illegal immigrants and their families in case they are arrested by federal authorities, Breitbart Texas reported.
Published on Nov 12, 2017
Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) refused to “get into the hypotheticals,” when asked if he would vote to expel Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) if he is convicted at his federal corruption trial.
By Sean Moran
The Latino Victory Fund ad became a center point of the Virginia gubernatorial race; the Northam campaign and the Latino Victory Fund faced bipartisan backlash over the controversial ad. Even the Washington Post called the ad “vile” and “despicable.” Virginia campaign finance reports revealed that the Latino Victory Fund coordinated with the Northam campaign on the controversial ad.
Rather than admit that the LVF ad stirred controversy among Virginia residents, the Northam campaign released a study commissioned by Discourse Intelligence that suggested that the increased online activity was mostly attributed to “online bots.”
David Abrams, a spokesman for the Gillespie campaign, countered the Northam campaign’s report, saying that it had “absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Virginians in both parties found this ad to be, in the words of the Washington Post editorial board, ‘vile’ and ‘despicable.’ The Northam campaign is so desperate they have resorted to fabricating conspiracy theories for their failing campaign. Since the ad ran, our online donations have tripled, and we have been inundated with requests to volunteer. The only question that remains is why hasn’t Ralph Northam condemned this attack on his fellow Virginians, and what exactly was his campaign’s role in the production of this spot.”
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, claimed that “Russian operatives” continue to influence American elections.
Warner said, “Russian operatives are attempting to initiate and manipulate American social media to hijack the national conversation and to make Americans angry, to set us against ourselves and … to undermine our democracy. They did it in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. They are still doing it now.”
Chelsea Handler, who had her Netflix talk show cancelled, blamed “Russian bots” on November for influencing the Virginia gubernatorial race.
Handler tweeted, “Russian bots are already interfering with Virginia’s election. Spreading disinformation and race-baiting”:
The Ralph Northam campaign remains engulfed in controversy in the wake of the Latino Victory Fund ad. The Northam campaign excluded a black candidate for lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, from their campaign fliers, and Democracy for America denounced Northam’s campaign after they flip-flopped in favor of banning sanctuary cities last week. Former Democratic Gov. Doug Wilder refused to endorse Ralph Northam, and blamed Northam for the campaign flier faux pas.
Virginia Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Jill Vogel declared that Tuesday’s Virginia election “will define the future of Virginia for a generation.”
The Virginia gubernatorial election is on Tuesday, November 7.
Chicago police at the scene of a shooting in the 1300 block of South Homan Avenue in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2017
In the most recent homicide, a 26-year-old man was found shot multiple times in an alley in the Washington Heights neighborhood about 1:25 a.m. Sunday, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene in the 10500 block of South Green Street.
Earlier, a 37-year-old woman was killed at a party in the West Pullman neighborhood on Saturday just before midnight, police said. The woman, who was identified as Pamela Enge, was shot in the head in the 100 block of East 117th Place, said the Cook County medical examiner’s office and police.
Enge, of the 400 block of West 118th Street, was pronounced dead at 1:39 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy for Enge is scheduled for Monday.
Earlier, police said she was 29.
A 25-year-old man also suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg in the same attack. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.
The 14-year-old was wounded in a double shooting around 12:15 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Oakley Avenue in the Lower West Side community, police said. The boy and a 22-year-old man were both shot by someone in a two-door black sedan. The boy suffered graze wounds to his foot and right leg. The man was shot in his left leg and right arm, and was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. The boy went in a private vehicle to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was in good condition, police said.
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Protest organizers Refuse Fascism have vowed to continue the protests ‘day and night’ in nearly two-dozen cities until their demand is met: the removal of Trump’s ‘regime’ (file photo)
The organizers, a group called Refuse Fascism, have vowed to continue the protests ‘day and night’ in nearly two-dozen cities until their demand is met: the removal of Trump’s ‘regime’.
‘RefuseFascism.org has called for non-violent protests to begin on Saturday, November 4 in cities and towns across the country to raise the single demand: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!’ the group said in a statement on its website.
‘The plan is for these protests to continue every day until this demand is met,’ the statement continued.
Antifa protesters gather at the entrance of the ‘Boston Free Speech’ rally in August. A planned day of protests has raised fears of violence, but organizers say they will be non-violent
The group said it hoped to emulate a series of popular demonstrations in South Korea that began in October 2016, culminating in the impeachment of that country’s president months later in March.
Among the at least 22 cities where rallies are set to occur are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.
‘Our protest must grow day after day and night after night—thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions—determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power,’ organizers wrote.
Far-right media outlets have breathlessly described the impending protests as the ‘antifa apocalypse’, issuing dire warnings that ‘antifa supersoldiers‘ will terrorize the nation
Far-right media outlets have breathlessly described the impending protests as the ‘antifa apocalypse’. Pictured: Antifa protesters in Salt Lake City last month
Antifa, short for anti-fascist, are a coalition of far-left radicals who advocate ‘direct action’ against their ideological opponents, who in the past have included outright neo-Nazis as well as Trump supporters.
Homeland Security and the FBI have deemed antifa ‘domestic terrorists’.
But one Refuse Facism organizer has scoffed at the idea that the November 4 protests will be marked by violence.
‘It’s absurd. Calling for a civil war?’ Andy Zee told the Washington Post. ‘Pick a date for a civil war? Honestly, what do you say to this?’
Zee described the goal of the demonstrations: ‘Impeachment, the 25th Amendment – they will determine the means and ways when it becomes clear there is a tremendous crisis of confidence.’
The organization is engaged with a broad coalition of groups, including the Revolutionary Communist Party.
By Vikki Ortiz Healy
According to the report, the percentage of immigrants in Chicago who were represented in deportation hearings spiked from 30 percent in May to 57 percent in August.
“The more representation we have in court, the more we have a balanced system,” said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director of the National Immigrant Justice Center, a Chicago-based immigrant advocacy group that partnered with the city to help give legal counsel and services to thousands of immigrants threatened with deportation.
The Legal Defense Fund, approved by the Chicago City Council in January, uses $1.3 million in city funds to pay for immigrants’ legal services or to help them navigate other options to try to avoid deportation.
The fund has been used to hire attorneys at the National Immigrant Justice Center and also issue grants to 10 community organizations for outreach. So far, 1,560 Chicago residents have received free legal screenings, and immigrants have had representation in court for 766 cases. Advocates hope to offer legal representation in 1,000 cases and Know Your Rights training sessions to 20,000 people in the first year, according to officials at the center.
“Good legal advice … reduces the chances of (immigrants) being deported to a country where their lives may be in danger or of them being permanently separated from their families,” McCarthy said.
Immigration advocates contend that the outcomes of deportation cases are dramatically impacted by whether a person has a lawyer. Across the U.S., when an immigrant who is not being held in a detention center has representation in court, 63 percent avoid deportation. Only 13 percent of those not in a detention center avoid deportation when they don’t have representation. The remaining 24 percent are ordered deported, McCarthy said.
The increase in immigrants using lawyers through Chicago’s fund was evident in findings released Monday from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, a research center at Syracuse University that works to make data about government spending more accessible.
“It’s very unusual to see a spike for a recent time period,” said Susan Long, co-director of TRAC at Syracuse University. “There’s been a sudden change here, so that even with a very short time frame, people are suddenly finding attorneys.”
The research center also released data last month showing that Illinois immigrants facing deportation have lawyers to represent them in court 53 percent of the time. Illinois falls roughly in the middle compared with other states, with immigrants in Hawaii having the highest rate of representation in deportation hearings — 83 percent — and Georgia immigrants having the lowest, at 38 percent.
Immigrant advocacy groups and attorneys said immigrants facing deportation are often removed from the country because they can’t afford or don’t have access to lawyers who can help them to navigate the complicated court process needed to prove that they qualify to stay in the country. Making legal services accessible also helps to keep immigrants facing deportation — often children — away from corrupt opportunists who charge lesser fees than lawyers but offer poor counsel that ultimately can hurt immigrants’ cases.
Unlike in criminal proceedings, the federal government is not required to provide legal counsel to those without the means to hire an attorney in immigration court.
But some oppose the idea of using government funds to pay for immigrants’ legal counsel.
“We’re defending people that are breaking our laws,” said Northwest Side Ald. Nick Sposato, 38th, the lone vote against the city fund, which came from $20 million the city set aside for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s property tax rebate program. That initiative fell flat, with just 12,000 households applying for tax relief to the tune of about $1 million, leaving ample leftover money to pay for immigrant defense.
Sposato said he empathizes with hardworking immigrants who call Chicago home despite being here illegally. But he would rather see city funds go toward public safety, mental health issues or retired city employees who have no insurance.
“The bottom line is we have a process here. To jump in front of the line before other people, I just don’t think it’s right,” Sposato said.
The TRAC report showed that immigrants in all pending cases in Chicago and the collar counties had higher odds of representation than those in rural areas of the state — inconsistencies that mirror those in other states. In Cook County, immigrants were represented 72 percent of the time; 77 percent in DuPage County; 67 percent in Lake; 76 percent in Kane; 80 percent in Will; and 76 percent in McHenry. Meanwhile, immigrants in downstate Sangamon County were represented 34 percent of the time, and those in Morgan County were represented 39 percent of the time.
Because the data on legal representation is the first of its kind collected, researchers hope it will help both immigrant advocacy groups and the public understand how effective funds like the one in Chicago are over time, Long said.
“Chicago is part of a movement of trying to come up with methods to provide representation. The natural question is how effective is it? Being able to monitor that … we thought would be very useful,” she said.
Laura Mendoza, an immigration organizer for the Resurrection Project, said many immigrants she works with are grateful to learn there is a fund to help cover the cost of legal counsel. In some cases, immigrants facing deportation need documentation from a police station to prove they are victims of a crime who may qualify to stay. Lawyers and legal advocates walk them into the police stations to help get the needed paperwork.
“That could be incredibly intimidating. They may not speak the language; they may not know how things work,” Mendoza said. “They’re incredibly thankful that there is the ability to be able to get a legal consultation and to get some clarity on the questions that they have.”
Reem Odeh, a Chicago immigration attorney who owns her own firm, said she was glad to see more immigrants gaining access to attorneys because of the complexity of most cases.
“The laws for immigration are so Draconian, which means you forget one technicality or blow one deadline and you may not be able to reopen that case permanently,” Odeh said. “You drop the ball on one element and you could potentially destroy that person’s future for him and his entire family.”