Madres Texas elevan sus voces


Las madres de Texas le dicen al Senado de los Estados Unidos que proporcione un camino hacia la ciudadanía para los jóvenes inmigrantes ahora

Para Mundo Hispano: Magen Eissenstat
20 de julio de 2021 Tel./202 / 371-1996

Declaración de Donna Norton, vicepresidenta ejecutiva de MomsRising, la organización en línea y en el campo de más de un millón de madres y sus familias, sobre el imperativo de que el Senado de los EE. UU. brinde un camino hacia la ciudadanía para los jóvenes inmigrantes, trabajadores agrícolas, trabajadores esenciales y titulares de TPS (Estatus de Protección Temporal), despues de que el congreso de Texas terminara parcialmente DACA (el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia):

“El hogar está aquí para los cientos de miles de jóvenes inmigrantes cuyas vidas y futuros se han arruinado, una vez más, cuando un juez federal terminó parcialmente DACA el viernes por la noche. Estos jóvenes son padres de más de un cuarto de millón de niños ciudadanos estadounidenses y pagan millones de dólares en impuestos cada año. Muchos están sirviendo en primera línea durante la pandemia, manteniéndonos seguros al brindar atención médica y realizar otras tareas esenciales. Ahora, una vez más, corren el riesgo de ser deportados y separados de sus familias.

“Es vergonzoso que tantos inmigrantes se hayan visto obligados a vivir con incertidumbre durante años y ya es hora de que eso termine. Las madres de Estados Unidos quieren que el Senado de los Estados Unidos utilice el proceso de reconciliación para proporcionar un camino hacia la ciudadanía para los jóvenes inmigrantes, trabajadores esenciales, trabajadores agrícolas y titulares de TPS. El país los necesita y ellos merecen la protección permanente que brinda la ciudadanía ”.

Immigration raid in Morristown


Morristown, Tenn. — This morning allegedly, immigration agents were sent to perform a raid in a workplace in the local meat packing company in search of undocumented workers, according to community members who call Mundo Hispano to let the rest of the community know and be aware of what was happening.

According to the citizen journalists, documented workers were organizing a protest against raids such as the one happenned this morning.


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Reunión de la Junta Executiva de la Organización de Planificacion del Transporte Público Regional Knoxville, 25 de abril de 2018

La Junta Ejecutiva de la Organización de Planificacion del Transporte Público Regional Knoxville (TPO)  se reunirá el miercoles, 25 de abril a las  9 a.m. en el salón denominado Main Assembly Room del edificio City/County Building, localizado en 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN. La agenda completa estara disponible en la pagina de Internet de TPO aproximadamente 5-7 dias antes de la reunion y Ud. puede encontrarla aqui: http://www.knoxtrans.org/meeting. Si Ud. quisiera una copia de la agenda final por favor contacte el TPO. Si necesitara asistencia o acomodo para un impedimento por favor notifique a TPO tres días hábiles antes de la reunión y estaremos encantados de trabajar con usted en cualquier solicitud razonable.

865-215- 2694 o dori.caron@knoxtrans.org.

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Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization

Executive Board Meeting, April 25, 2018

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Executive Board will meet on Wednesday, April 25th at 9 a.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN.  The full Agenda will be available on the TPO website 5-7 days prior to the meeting and can be found here: www.knoxtrans.org/meeting. If you would like a copy of the final Agenda please contact the TPO.  If you need assistance or accommodation for a disability please notify the TPO three business days in advance of the meeting and we will be glad to work with you in obliging any reasonable request.

865-215-2694 or dori.caron@knoxtrans.org.
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Ya empezó la renovación de los Números ITIN (Seguro Verde)


2017itinWASHINGTON, DC— El Servicio de Impuestos Internos (IRS, por sus siglas en inglés) ya empezó la renovación de los Números de Identificación Personal del Contribuyente. (ITIN, por sus siglas en inglés) Según la nueva ley, los ITIN que no se han utilizado en una declaración federal de impuestos por lo menos una vez en los últimos tres años pierden su validez y la persona debe renovarlo. Además, se deberán renovar todos los ITIN emitidos antes de 2013

 

Si los contribuyentes tienen un ITIN caducado y no lo renuevan antes de presentar una declaración de impuestos en 2017, podrían sus reembolsos demorarán y podrían perder créditos tributarios, tales como el Crédito Tributario por Hijos y el de la Oportunidad Americana, hasta que renueve su ITIN.

“El programa del ITIN es crítico para permitir que millones de personas cumplan con sus obligaciones de impuestos”, dijo el Comisionado del IRS John Koskinen.

 

Quiénes tienen que renovar el ITIN

 

1.–Todas las personas que no han usado el ITIN en una declaración federal de impuestos en los últimos tres años (2013, 2014 o 2015).

 

2.–Todas las personas que recibieron su ITIN antes de 2013.  Los primeros ITIN que vencerán bajo esta programación son los que tienen dígitos medios de 78 ó 79 (ejemplo: 9XX-78-XXXX). El IRS enviará cartas a este grupo de contribuyentes para informarles de la necesidad de renovar su ITIN. La carta explica los pasos a tomar.

 

Cómo renovar un ITIN?

Ya no se pedirá que que las personas que renueven su ITIN lo hagan junto con una declaración de impuestos. Los contribuyentes deben completar un formulario de solicitud W-7, seguir las instrucciones e incluir toda la información y documentación requerida.

Hay tres métodos que los contribuyentes pueden usar para presentar su paquete de aplicación de W-7 :

1.-Enviar su formulario W-7 por correo – junto con los documentos originales de identificación o copias certificadas por la agencia que los emitió, a la dirección del IRS indicada en el formulario (los documentos de identificación se devolverán dentro de un plazo de 60 días),

2.-Usar los servicios de los muchos Agentes Tramitadores Certificados autorizados por el IRS o Agentes Tramitadores a lo largo del país,

3.- Hacer una cita con un Centro de Ayuda, Proyecto de Ayuda al Contribuyente, 1-800-481-3669 en lugar de enviar por correo al IRS sus documentos originales de identificación.

 

Renueve el ITIN de toda la familia

 

Si cualquier persona que tiene un ITIN con dígitos  medios 78 o 79 recibe una carta de renovación del IRS, ésta persona puede renovar el ITIN de todos los miembros de su familia, en lugar de hacerlas por separado. Los miembros de la familia incluyen al contribuyente, el cónyuge y cualquier dependiente reclamado en su declaración de impuestos.

 

El ITIN y los pasaportes

 

El IRS ya no acepta pasaportes sin fecha de entrada a los Estados Unidos como un documento de identificación válido para dependientes procedentes de países que no sean Canadá o México. Los solicitantes afectados ahora deberán presentar junto con el pasaporte, expedientes médicos de los Estados Unidos para los dependientes menores de 6 años o registros escolares de los Estados Unidos para los dependientes menores de 18 años,

 

Para qué sirven los ITIN

Los ITIN son solo para propósitos de impuestos federales y no pretenden servir ningún otro propósito. Un ITIN no autoriza a una persona a trabajar en los Estados Unidos ni provee elegibilidad para beneficios de Seguro Social o el Crédito Tributario por Ingreso del Trabajo. Los ITIN no son identificación válida fuera del sistema de impuestos y no establecen estatus migratorio.



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Reunion de Informacion Migratoria


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NASHVILLE, Tenn.–El miércoles 30 de noviembre, el Consulado de México llevará a cabo una reunión de información en materia migratoria en conjunto con la Coalición por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Refugiados de Tennessee local enfatizando los derechos que los mexicanos inmigrantes en los EE.UU.tienen garantizados por la Constitución y las leyes migratorias actuales. La reunión será de 9 am -mediodia. en la dirección 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch, TN 37013



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Renovado Acuerdo de Protección para Trabajadores Inmigrantes


MEMPHIS, Tenn. –La Oficina de Distrito de Memphis de la Comisión Federal de Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo (EEOC) ha renovado su memorándum de entendimiento (MOU) con el Consulado de México en Atlanta. El acuerdo renueva la colaboración entre estas entidades para proporcionar a los nacionales mexicanos con información, orientación y acceso a los recursos en la prevención de la discriminación en el lugar de trabajo, independientemente de su estatus migratorio. El cónsul mexicano, Javier Díaz de León y la directora del distrito de Memphis, Katharine W. Kores firmaron el acuerdo.

“Detener la discriminación ilegal en el empleo en contra de los inmigrantes, migrantes y otros trabajadores vulnerables es una prioridad de la EEOC,” dijo la directora Kores. “Este acuerdo sigue nuestra colaboración para trabajar juntos asegurando que los trabajadores vulnerables entiendan sus derechos y estén protegidos contra la discriminación.”

Bajo los términos del memorando de entendimiento, la Oficina del Distrito de Memphis trabajará con el consulado mexicano para colaborar en los esfuerzos de educación y extensión para asegurar que los mexicanos son conscientes de las leyes aplicables y regulaciones del lugar de trabajo, y un sistema para referir las quejas a la EEOC.

El Cónsul General de México, Díaz de León dijo, “La aplicación de los derechos laborales de todos los nacionales de México en este país, sin importar cuál sea su condición migratoria, es una prioridad para el gobierno mexicano. Este MOU es una herramienta esencial para lograr este objetivo.”

La Oficina de Distrito de Memphis EEOC es responsable de procesar cargos de discriminación, aplicación administrativa y la dirección de la agencia de litigios en Arkansas, Tennessee y Mississippi Norte.

EEOC es responsable de hacer cumplir las leyes federales contra la discriminación en el empleo. Hay más información disponible en http://www.eeoc.gov.

Consul Mexicano informa sobre nuevas leyes migratorias


Asiste al Foro Comunitario sobre los Programas de Acción Diferida que el Consulado General de México en Atlanta, BB&T y la coalición Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition presentan.

Fecha: Martes 22 de septiembre, 2015 de 9:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m.

Lugar: Global Mall at the Crossings 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch, Tennessee.

Infórmate sobre los requisitos del programa de Consideración de Acción Diferida para los llegados a Estados Unidos en la Infancia (DACA, por sus siglas en inglés) y sobre la Acción Diferida para Padres de Ciudadanos Estadounidenses y Residentes Permanentes Legales (DAPA, por sus siglas en inglés).

Habrá refrigerios.

Reservación necesaria antes del lunes 21 de septiembre, con Christian Dickson al correo: CADickson@BBandT.com o al 615-771-4817



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Travelers encouraged to take precautions against chikungunya infection


Knoxville, Tenn. — With many residents making plans for spring and summer vacations and mission trips to the Caribbean, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is encouraging travelers to be aware of chikungunya. Widespread in many Caribbean countries, chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. The insects contract the virus when they feed on an infected person and then spread the disease to others through bites. Though typically not fatal, the most common symptoms can be severe and include fever and joint pain.

“As with any international travel, people should be aware of the infectious diseases in the country or region through which they are traveling and should take appropriate precautions,” said KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan. “Unfortunately, we do not have a vaccine for chikungunya, which is why awareness and preparation prior to travel are so important.”

What to know before you go:

  • There is no vaccine to prevent chikungunya virus. Avoiding mosquito bites is the best protection.
  • The mosquitoes that spread chikungunya bite mostly during the daytime.
  • Mosquito repellants containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 are recommended. Pregnant women and those who are concerned about using repellent products on children should consult their health care provider for advice.

What to do while you’re there:

  • Use mosquito repellants.
  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing. Some permethrin products may also be used on shoes, bed nets and camping gear. Permethrin is not to be used directly on skin.
  • Do not use perfume, cologne or other scented products when outside.
  • Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants if possible.
  • Empty standing water from outdoor containers.
  • Use air conditioning and keep windows and doors closed or covered with screens.

 

What to be aware of when you get back:

  • Symptoms usually begin three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
  • The most common symptoms include fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.
  • Anyone with symptoms of chikungunya virus should seek medical care and minimize his or her exposure to mosquitoes to reduce the risk of local transmission.

Most patients feel better within a week. In some, however, joint pain may persist for months. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections. People at increased risk for severe disease include newborns exposed during delivery, those 65 years of age and older, and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. Deaths are rare.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 2,344

As of January 13, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 2,344 confirmed cases of chikungunya in the U.S. Forty of these cases were in Tennessee, four of whom were Knox County residents. To date in the U.S., local transmission has only occurred in Florida. Chikungunya cases have also been reported in Africa, Southern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

 

About the Knox County Health Department

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is a governmental agency dedicated to making every person a healthy person. KCHD conducts disease surveillance, prevention and control; emergency preparedness; nutrition and physical activity promotion; tobacco use prevention and control; health equity promotion; adult and child immunizations; and much more. KCHD’s mission is to encourage, promote and assure the development of an active, healthy community through innovative public health practices. For more information, visitwww.knoxcounty.org/health.



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Congresista Cooper comenta la visita de Obama a Nashville


Declaración del Rep. Cooper sobre la visita del presidente a Nashville

NASHVILLE – El congresista demócrata Jim Cooper ( TN- 5 ) emitió la siguiente declaración sobre la visita del Presidente Obama a esta ciudad :
” El Senado de Estados Unidos – incluyendo senadores Corker y Alexander – votaron abrumadoramente para hacer lo que el Presidente expuso hoy. Los representantes republicanos se han negado a considerar el proyecto de ley del Senado, pero tienen tres días más para permitir un voto aprobatorio o desaprobatorio, donde pasaría con una gran mayoría. Nuestra comunidad – incluyendo la Cámara de Comercio del Area de Nashville, la Universidad Lipscomb, la Iglesia Católica, la Convención Bautista del Sur y fundaciones familiares locales de caridad – apoya el objetivo de la integración de los inmigrantes en la comunidad en general Somos un modelo para el país.”

Chris Carroll
Secretario de Prensa
Rep EE.UU. . Jim Cooper

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Cooper Statement on President’s Visit to Nashville

NASHVILLE – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) today issued the following statement:
“The U.S. Senate – including Senators Corker and Alexander – voted overwhelmingly to do what the President outlined today. House Republicans have refused to consider the Senate bill, but they have three more days to allow an up or down vote where it would pass with a large majority. Our community – including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Lipscomb University, the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and local charitable family foundations – supports the goal of integrating immigrants into the wider community. We are a model for the country.”

Chris Carroll
Press Secretary
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper

Reunión gratuita para impartir consejos sobre Inmigración


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Centro Hispano y los colegios de leyes de la Universidad de Tennessee y de la Universidad Lincoln Memorial realizarán una reunión gratuita para impartir consejos sobre Inmigración. La reunión se llevarà a cabo el próximo sábado 25 de Enero de 9-12pm en Centro Hispano (2455 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919). Habrá intérpretes disponibles. Por favor obtenga una cita llamando al 865-522-0052.

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Centro Hispano in partnership with UT Law School and Duncan School of Law (Lincoln Memorial University) will host a free legal immigration clinic next Saturday, January 25th from 9-12pm at Centro Hispano (2455 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919). Interpreters will be available. Please make an appointment by calling 865-522-0052.

 

 


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ATENCION LATINOS- ENTERATE


KNOXVILLE,Tenn.–  La directora de la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano de la Diócesis de Knoxville, Lourdes Garza emitió un comunicado para prevenir a los Latinos en Tennessee de caer en abusos relacionados con procesos legales de inmigración.

Transcribimos dicho comunicado y pedimos a la comunidad que se pase la voz para ayudarnos mutuamente.

” CUIDADO CON EL ABUSO DE LATINOS

Al paso que continúan las negociaciones de la reforma integral del sistema de inmigración, les pedimos que tengan mucho cuidado y sean demasiado cautelosos hacia los negocios o personas a quienes ustedes lleguen a acudir para tratar asuntos legales. El que una persona ayude a otras personas con asuntos de inmigración sin ser un abogado o pertenecer a una organización aprobada por la oficina de United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), puede resultar en un caso de fraude que complique una situación de petición de cambio de status migratorio hasta que corra peligro de ser negada. Además la persona que ofrece la ayuda puede ser acusada de practicar la ley sin licencia para hacerlo.

Ya les hemos avisado varias veces que el puesto de NOTARIO en Estados Unidos es nada más el de una persona autorizada temporalmente para verificar que la persona que jura y firma un documento es en realidad esa persona porque presenta documentos de identificación ante el notario. Eso es todo. Los cargos por este servicio son mínimos o gratis.

Si usted necesita pagar por el cambio o actualización de las placas de su coche, lo puede hacer en cualquier oficina del condado donde usted reside. Por ejemplo, la oficina del Condado de Knox, ubicado en el centro de Knoxville, tiene a su disposición una ventanilla para que usted pueda hacer sus trámites desde su coche. Necesita presentar una forma de identificación con fotografía (licencia, pasaporte válido o matrícula consular son aceptados) y dos pruebas de su domicilio (su dirección tiene que estar impresa en los sobres cuando presente las cuentas de la luz, gas, agua, cable, etc.) No aceptan pruebas de domicilio que estén escritas a mano. El costo de las placas varía según el condado donde usted resida y el tipo de automóvil, camión, etc., pero normalmente es de $ 30 a $ 105. Tomen la cortesía de notificar su cambio de dirección para que reciban la actualización por correo y la puedan pagar por correo también enviando un cheque o Money Order. Varios condados ofrecen servicios de pago por internet en sus sitios web.

Les avisamos que para obtener la licencia de matrimonio se necesita una prueba de fecha de nacimiento en un documento emitido por el gobierno (acta de nacimiento [con una traducción al inglés] o pasaporte).”

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WARNING ABOUT ABUSE OF LATINOS

As the negotiations for a comprehensive immigration reform continue, we ask that you are very careful and cautious when asking for assistance on legal matters, whether from a business or from individuals. Any person or business that offers assistance with the processing of paperwork for immigration issues who is not an attorney nor belongs to an organization accredited by the office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), could lead to a fraudulent transaction that could make your case invalid or denied. In addition, these businesses or individuals could be charged with practicing law without a license.

We have warned you in the past that a NOTARY (NOTARIO) in the United States is an individual authorized temporarily to verify that a person making a written statement is in fact that actual person signing the document because they must present identification documents before the notary. That is all. The charges for this service are minimum or free.

If you need to renew the license plates for your auto, you can do so at the County Clerk Office of the county where you reside. For example, in Knox County, there is an office downtown with a drive-up window and you can update your plates while sitting in your car. You will need to present a current picture identification document (valid driver’s license, passport or country ID—matrícula consular), two proofs of current address that must be printed on envelope or utilities bills. Handwritten proofs of address will not be accepted. The cost of renewal varies from county to county, but it could be from $30 to $ 105. It is your responsibility to notify the County Clerk’s office of your change of address to make sure your renewal notices are delivered to your current address. You can also pay the renewal by mail by sending a Money Order or check. Many counties offer a way to pay for renewal on their website.

Please be aware that in order to get a marriage license you will need to show proof of age by providing a government issued document (birth certificate [with English translation where needed it] or passport).



KNOXVILLE HABLA EN CONTRA DE 287g


El Comite Popular de Knoxville junto con TIRRC (la Coalicion de Derechos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados de Tennessee) y Trabajos con Justicia les invita a asistir a un:

Foro Comunitario sobre 287(g)
Martes, 23 de julio a las 7:00 pm
Edificio UNITE-Here, 1124 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN

Por favor, asistan a esta reunion importante y ayudenos a publicitarlo.   
 
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ImagenThe Comite Popular of Knoxville in conjunction with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Jobs with Justice will be hosting a Public Forum on 287(g) on:

Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m.(program will start at 7:30)

UNITE-Here Building, 1124 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN

The Comite would like as many allies as possible to attend this important session.  A flyer is attached that you can use to further publicize this event.





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Alguacil de Knox Co. explica programa 287(g)


287GKNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Más de 250 personas se reunieron para conversar con el Alguacil del condado Knox y expresar su descontento por la posibilidad de que el programa 287(g) sea adaptado a esta comunidad.
El alguacil JJ Jones hizo énfasis en que “si una persona no viola la ley jamás tendrá que enfrentarse al programa 287(g)”
La comisionada por el 2do distrito del condado Knox, Amy Broyles y el reverendo presbiteriano Robert Hodge, lider de la organización El Puente actuaron como moderadores del la reunión.

A qué padre vas a deportar hoy?
A qué padre vas a deportar hoy?
La audiencia llegó a la reunión que tuvo lugar en el auditorio del Departamento de Salud del Condado con muchas preguntas para hacerlas al alguacil y con experiencias personales y de otros individuos residentes en condados que entraron en el acuerdo 287(g) quienes enfrentaron deportación y discriminación bajo el amparo de los poderes federales que este programa imparte a los agentes locales del orden público.

Miembros del grupo Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN) expresaron su sentimiento de frustración por haber sido rechazados cuando por largos meses ellos traron de lograr conversaciones con el Alguacil Jones quien contradictoriamente aseguró hoy que él está disponible para conversar con los miembros del condado Knox y escuchar sus preocupaciones.
La gente habla al alguacil Jones

Demostración a favor de la reforma migratoria en Knoxville


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –El lunes 17 a las 10:30 AM un grupo de ciudadanos que apoyan la reforma migratoria como necesaria se reunirá en el Parque Krutch del centro de la ciudad para luego marchar hacia las oficinas de los Senadores Corker y Alexander y el Representante Duncan llevando un saludo del Día del Padre y el recordatorio de cuan devastadora es la realidad de muchas familias en las que el padre ha sido deportado.

 



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Numbers and numbers… more numbers


Hispanics

–California had the largest Hispanic population of any state on July 1, 2012 (14.5 million), as well as the largest numeric increase within the Hispanic population since July 1, 2011 (232,000). New Mexico had the highest percentage of Hispanics at 47.0 percent.

–Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic population of any county (4.8 million) in 2012 and the largest numeric increase since 2011 (55,000). Starr County — on the Mexican border in Texas — had the highest share of Hispanics (95.6 percent).

Tennessee Voters Support Senate Immigration Bill 3-to-1!


By Eben Cathey [eben@tnimmigrant.org]

Nashville – According to the results of Harper Polling, an independent polling firm, over three-fourths of Tennessee voters support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers and families already here. Over three-fourths also think the bill currently in Congress is tough but fair, and want Senators Alexander and Corker to support it.

The poll offered several questions relating to immigration reform, including “How important is it that the U.S. fix its immigration system this year?” to which 91% of respondents answered “important” (71%) to “somewhat important” (20%). Tennesseans overwhelmingly showed support for an earned pathway to citizenship if undocumented immigrants meet certain requirements, with 77% of respondents showing “strong” (46%) to “somewhat” (31%) support for a legalization process that includes citizenship. The bill is being considered and debated today on the floor of the US Senate.

The following is a statement from Stephen Fotopulos, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition:

“The will of Tennessee voters is clear. We want Congress to do its job, make sense of our immigration laws this year, and finally bring order to the system. Undocumented immigrants are already in our state working hard and raising families, just waiting for the chance to get in line and on the books, and start the long, tough path to citizenship.”

NASHVILLE APARTMENTS PAY OVER $150,000 SETTLING A DISCRIMINATION CASE


NASHVILLE– The popular Clairmont Apartments -a 233 unit apartment complex located at 1019 Patricia Drive Nashville, TN 37217  will pay more than $170,000 as part of a settlement resolving allegations that it discriminated against Hispanic tenants based on their national origin.

The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to impose different rental terms and conditions based on national origin, race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or disability.

“Since 1968, the Fair Housing Act has prohibited national origin discrimination, including evicting tenants or denying them service because of their ancestry,” said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  “Central to HUD’s mission is to ensure that every person has the right to housing free from discrimination. Today’s settlement advances that goal.”

After being told about the complex’s discriminatory rental practices, HUD filed a Secretary-initiated complaint alleging that TriTex Real Estate Advisors, Inc., of Atlanta, and its management company terminated lease agreements, ignored maintenance requests, and intimidated and harassed Hispanic tenants.

Under the terms of the agreement, the manager and owner will establish a $150,000 victims’ compensation fund for former residents administered by an independent agency and to pay $10,000 each to two non-profit organizations – the Tennessee Fair Housing Council and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) – to identify potential claimants. In addition, TriTex and its management company will adopt fair housing policies and its employees will undergo fair housing training.
Note: Contact on this release is Shantae Goodloe (202) 708-0685.

The Clairmont Apartments was the site of a controversial immigration raid in October of 2010 when ICE agents arrested 20 alleged undocumented residents. The next year by December of 2011 its owners Atlanta-based Tritex sold it at a millionaire lost for $2.8 million to Stone Ridge Apartments LLC.

Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to www.hud.gov/fairhousing, or by downloading HUD’s free housing discrimination mobile application, which can be accessed through Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

LLAMADO A LA ORACION PARA LA REFORMA MIGRATORIA


KNOXVILLE– Mientras que continúa la controversia sobre las propuestas de reforma de la ley de inmigración, la Sra. Lourdes Garza, Directora de la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano de la Diocesis de Knoxville emitió el siguiente comunicado:

Queridos Miembros del Consejo Hispano y grupos de la comunidad, les enviamos un anuncio para que lo impriman y lo compartan con los miembros de su iglesia y de sus grupos en la comunidad. Se trata del horario de Vigilias de Oración que se llevarán a cabo comenzando con el 18 de mayo como un símbolo de solidaridad con todos aquellos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo que luchan por una vida mejor y tienen una esperanza de que el sistema migratorio se reforme.

 Les pedimos que asistan a estas Vigilias y que se mantengan en oración porque “no hay nada más poderoso que la oración para lograr una reforma justa de inmigración”.

 ENGLISH 

Dear Hispanic Council members and community groups, Please print and share the attached flyer with your church members and community groups. It includes the schedule of Prayer Vigils that will be held starting May 18 as a symbol of solidarity with all those brother and sisters in Christ who are hoping for a better life and for a reform of the immigration system.

 We ask that you attend the Vigils and remain in prayer because ”there is nothing more powerful than prayer when it comes to attaining a just immigration reform.”

 In His love,                                                       

 Lourdes Garza

Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry

Clases para Ciudadanía empezaron en Knoxville


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — La oficina de Servicos al inmigrante de las Carisades Católicas empezo el sábado las clases para convertirse en un nuevo ciudadano americano.  Todos los sábados de 9-12 en las instalaciones de la  Escuela Sacred Heart(Sagrado Corazón) se dictarán las imporatntes clases para prepararse a realizar la entrevista, mejorar su dominio del idioma Inglés y tener exito para lograr la ciudadanía.

Las clases de preparación tienen un costo de $50 (incluyen los materiales de estudio)

Aquellos interesados deben presentarse en el salon de clase 207 ó 211 el sábado a las 9 am. Exito!

Invitación a reunión sobre Inmigración en Nashville


KNOXVILLE,Tenn. –Vayamos preparando el próximo sábado 6 de abril, para ir a Nashville, a la junta qué se organiza para pedir a los legisladores qué se vote a favor de una buena y justa reforma migratoria. Saldremos el mismo sábado a las 6.30 am. Hacia Nashville y regresaremos el mismo día por la tarde, noche, saldremos en varias auto vans, todo depende de cuanta gente se apunte.

Rosendo Lozano

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Si estoy detenido por inmigracion: ¿que puedo hacer? from Sean Lewis on Vimeo.

Legislatura de Colorado ayuda a estudiantes indocumentados


Denver, CO — Congresantes del estado en su mayoría demócratas, aprobaron con un aplastante 40- 21 un proyecto de ley que de ser firmado ley ayudaría a cientos de estudiantes sin documentos migratorios para continuar estudios superiores.
La ayuda del proyecto de ley es finaciera puesto que los estudiantes graduados en las escuelas del estado pagarían las cuotas normales y comúnes de todo estudiante graduado en Colorado sin tomar en cuenta su estado migratorio.
Sin esta ley los estudiantes sin documentos migratorios pagan el doble y más como aquellos estudiantes que se graduaron en otros estados.
Tres legisladores republicanos se unieron a los demócratas para votar a favor de la iniciativa que ahora está en manos del gobernador John Hickenlooper quien se espera que ponga su firma se aprobatoria.

“Si no comete un crimen no debe temer”, dice Alguacil


KNOXVILLE—El alguacil del condado Knox, JJ Jones, finalmente hizo publico que su despacho ya fue aprobado para iniciar el acuerdo 287g con la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) pero que no se ha realizado todavia.

Desde su punto de vista “si un individuo no comete un crimen no tiene porque temer esta medida”, segun expreso a los medios locales el alguacil Jones quien ademas senalo que la accion de 287g no estara en las calles sino en las carceles.

Durante el 2010, el gobernador Haslam firmo una ley para permitir que los carceleros de todas las carceles del estado elaboraran un procedimiento normalizado por escrito para verificar el estatus de ciudadanía de las personas que sean arrestadas por cualquier periodo de tiempo y asi informar a  la Oficina de Inmigración y Aduanas para iniciar la deportacion del individuo inmigrante sin permiso de permanencia en el pais.

ACLU-TN Launches Initiative to Ensure Immigrants Understand Constitutional Rights


NASHVILLE – In response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Arizona’s “show me your papers” law, the ACLU of Tennessee today launched an initiative to ensure that Tennessee’s immigrants understand their right to fair treatment in the justice system.
 
The centerpiece of this effort is the online “Immigrant Rights Resource Center,” with bilingual information on how to prepare for interactions with law enforcement.  ACLU-TN is publicizing the center with the distribution of posters in Spanish and English to social service agencies, businesses and churches across the state.
 
“The Constitution’s promise of fair treatment in the justice system applies to all people in this country, citizens and non-citizens alike,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director.  “ACLU-TN’s online Immigrant Resource Center is designed to help people understand the justice system and the safeguards it offers.”
 
The constitutional guarantee of due process ensures that people are treated equally within the justice system. The U.S. is not supposed to be a country that detains people, sometimes for years, without access to lawyers or family. Unfortunately, this is what is happening to thousands of immigrants caught up in raids, transferred into detention centers, and pressured into signing removal orders without being able to consult with counsel or family.
 
The printable documents in the resource center provide information on how the justice system works, as well as an understanding of constitutional protections. They include information on obtaining visas in cases of domestic and workplace abuse or human trafficking, encounters with law enforcement, the detention system, safety planning and raids.

Nashville government today filed a civil lawsuit against a criminal street gang,


For the first time ever in the State of Tennessee, Nashville government today filed a civil lawsuit against a criminal street gang, Kurdish Pride (KPG), and 24 of its alleged local members asking that they collectively be declared a public nuisance and prohibited from meeting with each other anywhere inside a 1.43 square mile “safety zone” in South Nashville.

          That safety zone includes Paragon Mills Park, Providence Park, neighborhoods around the parks and certain parking lots in which KPG members have been known to congregate and/or commit criminal acts.  The safety zone is bounded on the east by I-24; on the south by Harding Place; on the west by Nolensville Pike; and on the north by railroad tracks.

          “For the past several years, our police department has done a very good job investigating members of various gangs and convicting them in the state and federal courts,” Mayor Karl Dean said.  “Many have been locked away for long periods of time.” 

          “At our urging, the Tennessee legislature in 2009 added criminal gang behavior to the state’s public nuisance law.  Chief Anderson and I agree that we should take advantage of this relatively new tool whenever possible to further enhance the safety of neighborhoods,” Dean said.

          Based on a lengthy investigation by the police department’s Gang Unit, the Metropolitan Legal Department this morning filed the lawsuit in Davidson County Criminal Court.  It alleges KPG members are known to engage in vandalism, assaults, the illegal possession and discharge of guns, burglaries, witness intimidation, street robberies, conspiracy to commit murder, threatening police officers, gambling, arson and fraud.  The investigation found that many of those acts take place on a regular basis in order to maintain power over the community, recruit new members, and threaten and intimidate citizens to keep silent about KPG activities.

          “This court action will assist the Gang Unit and South Precinct Officers as they work with families in the Paragon Mills area to take back the neighborhood and two city parks,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “Our police department and this city will not sit idly by when gang activity threatens the peace of any community.”

          Metro alleges that the KPG is entrenched in the Harding Place/Nolensville Pike corridor in South Nashville.  Gang members known to meet in various locations, including the two parks, Paragon Mills Church of Christ parking lot, and the McDonald’s located at 5107 Nolensville Pike (areas that are included in the 1.43 square mile safety zone).  KPG members have repeatedly vandalized areas of Paragon Mills Park and even cut down a pole camera installed by the police department in response to citizen complaints about criminal activity.  

          Providence Park has also been used by the KPG to plan and conduct criminal gang activities.  Providence Park has also been vandalized with gang graffiti.

          Metro is asking Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier, after a 9 a.m. hearing on June 29th, to declare that the KPG and the 24 individuals constitute a public nuisance; that the 24 persons be banned from entering Paragon Mills Park and Providence Park; and that the 24 not associate with each other with the exception of school events, organized religious events and father/son/daughter relationships.  The prohibitions would not apply to a gathering in a private place that is not open to the public.  The city is also asking Judge Dozier to enjoin the 24 individuals named in the lawsuit from engaging in violations of the law and criminal gang behavior.

          A violation of an order issued by Judge Dozier could result in an individual covered by an injunction being held in contempt of court and sanctioned with jail time and or a fine.

          While this is the first gang injunction sought by Nashville government, ongoing investigations could lead to similar type civil lawsuits in the future.

          KPG criminal activities have been the subject of investigations by Gang Unit detectives and other MNPD components for a number of years.

 

2007 activities:

 

a.       On January 2nd (2007-003745), 3rd (005913), 21st (043509 & 044939), February 6th (078612), 11th (091556), December 21st (791131), 25th (797554), and 26th (800543) multiple home invasion robberies, with very similar facts, occurred in South Nashville.  In the February 11, 2007 home invasion, a female is raped.  MNPD later served 4 simultaneous search warrants at the homes of Chia Silevani and 3 other juvenile KPG members.  Several months later, one of those juveniles is identified as a suspect in the rape after his DNA is matched.  He is charged with Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Rape, and 5 counts of Robbery.  On the night before his detention hearing, he hangs himself.  No other arrests were made, but several other KPG members remain MNPD suspects.

 

b.      On January 7th (2007-013697) two subjects are severely beaten in a hotel hallway on Harding Place in South Nashville.  One of the victims dies as a result of his injuries.  Witnesses to the event stated that as many as 10 Kurdish men yelling “KP” were involved in the beating.  All of the suspects in this open homicide case are KPG members. 

 

c.       On January 11th (2007-024594) A member of the Sur 13 gang reports that he is assaulted in the bathroom at Antioch High School by five subjects. That person identified three juvenile KPG members, a Brown Pride gang member, and Feriya Yazdanparast (KPG) as the individuals that assaulted him. After school (2007-22832) the previous victim and two others report to MNPD that they are threatened by a juvenile KPG member and three Brown Pride members. 

 

d.      On January 21st (2007-043456) two persons report an assault by at least two subjects wearing black hoods. The reported suspects fired shots into a birthday party the victims were attending on Donna Kay Dr.  Det. Anderson has learned from a confidential informant that a juvenile KPG member is one of the suspects responsible for these actions.

e.       On January 23rd (2007-049096) a person reported that she was threatened with a gun by at least two Kurdish males at 270 Tampa Dr.  The person reported that he recognized on of the persons threatening her was a known juvenile KPG member.

 

f.       On January 27th (2007-058959) 3 juveniles and Chia Silevani, all KPG members, are observed by security on the property of the apartment complex located at 100 Tanglewood Court.  The security guard had observed two of these men acting as a lookout while the other two were wandering between tenants cars in the parking lot.  The security guard detained these men, finding screwdrivers, a handgun, and drugs in their possession. The men were arrested for weapons and drug possession.  The weapon that was recovered was determined by Det. Anderson to be a weapon stolen in a home invasion robbery six days before on Paragon Road (2007-044939*).

 

g.      On February 16th (2007-098945, 2007-098946, 2007-098947 & 2007-098948) MNPD personnel served simultaneous search warrants at the homes of 3 juvenile KPG members and Chia Silevani(KPG).  The search warrants were executed as part of the ongoing investigation to the serial robberies and aggravated assaults that the KPG is suspected to be involved in.

    

h.      On March 14th (2007-159397) 3 juveniles and Ayaz Mohamad (all KPG members) as well as an associate attempted an armed home invasion by kicking in a window at an apartment on Swiss Ridge Dr.  On information provided by the victims, Police apprehended these individuals several minutes after the attempted robbery (near the safety zone).  Officers found two handguns in the vehicle.

 

i.        On March 20th (2007-172361) Metro Police conducted a controlled transaction of marijuana from a subject later identified as Delsosh Ahmed – aka White Boy Delo. The transaction was conducted with the assistance of a confidential informant.  This individual would later be referenced in KPG graffiti in Paragon Mills Park.

 

j.        On April 5th (2007-208289) KPG member Seyfan Ibrahim and three associates are arrested for simple possession of marijuana and cocaine.  Defendant, Seyfan Ibrahim was later charged with criminal impersonation after he identified himself as his brother Mervan Ibrahim (KPG).

 

k.      In April of 2007 (2007-210524) Aso Nejad (KPG) is arrested for simple assault after a disagreement at a bar at 2600 Franklin Road.

 

l.        On April 11th (2007-220607) Metro Police, with the assistance of a confidential informant, conducted a controlled marijuana transaction from a subject later identified as Delsosh Ahmed – aka White Boy Delo.

 

m.    On April 24th (2007-248093 & 2007-680201)a juvenile KPG member, Chia Silevani, and three others, Murat Shaban, Zarko Novakovic, Nijyar Nejmeddin, assaulted a student in a Glencliff High School hallway.  The school-time assault arose out of comments the victim had allegedly made surrounding the recent suicide of a separate juvenile KPG member. When interviewed, the individuals involved all bragged about the incident.  

 

n.      On April 26th (2007-253087) Metro Police, with the assistance of a confidential informant, conducted a controlled marijuana and ecstasy pill transaction from a subject later identified as Delsosh Ahmed – aka White Boy Delo.

 

o.      On May 2nd (2007-267305) Metro Police, with the assistance of a confidential informant, conducted a controlled marijuana and Lortab transaction from a subject later identified as Delsosh Ahmed – aka White Boy Delo.

 

p.      On May 21st (32007-12388) Aso Nejad (KPG), and at least four other KPG members wearing black and yellow, attacked an individual as he was leaving a local graduation ceremony. The attack caused a severe head injury. Aso Nejad and a juvenile KPG member are picked out of a photo lineup and are later found guilty of the assault after a trial.

 

q.      On May 30th (2007-333006) a juvenile KPG member is named as a suspect in a home burglary on Colemont Drive where numerous firearms were stolen.

 

r.        On June 21st (32007-83058) a juvenile KPG member and an associate assault an individual during Summer School at a local high school. 

 

s.       In early July, (2007-413537) KPG member Mohammad Al Mosawi is arrested at 3912 Nolensville Pk. for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

 

t.        On July 5th (413699) Nashwan Ahmed and a juvenile, both KPG members, were pulled over at Blue Hole Road and Bell Road in the early morning hours.  A shotgun with the stock cut off in the back floor board of the car was in plain view.  Further search of the vehicle produced a BB rifle also with the stock cut off along with bandanas, gloves, and hats.  Mr. Ahmed was dressed in all black, and the juvenile was wearing black and gold clothing. Both were arrested on unlawful weapons possession..

 

u.      In July of 2007, (2007-459397), a juvenile KPG member is arrested for a residential burglary at 1701 Hickory View Ct.

 

v.      On September 24th (2007-592655) a juvenile KPG member and Brown Pride gang member are observed by Police in the parking lot of the gas station located Eulala Drive and Old Hickory Boulevard.  Officers observed marijuana in plain view of the vehicle and further search of the vehicle produced a loaded .38 revolver.

 

w.    On October 12th (2007-631526) Kurdish Pride members Mohammad Al Mosawi and another named respondent (the named respondent was a juvenile at the time this event occurred), along with an associate, are pulled over after leaving Paragon Mills Park for a traffic violation.  The occupants of the vehicle are all arrested for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a controlled substance.

 

2008 Activities:

 

a.       On January 10th (2008-21816) Metro Police conducted a controlled purchase of a firearm from a juvenile KPG member with the assistance of a confidential informant.

 

b.      On January 16th (2008-033737): Metro Police conducted a controlled purchase of marijuana from another juvenile KPG member with the assistance of a confidential informant.

 

c.       On January 16th (2008-034738) the building and infrastructure at Paragon Mills Park is vandalized with Kurdish Pride Gang graffiti.

 

d.      On January 22nd (2008-048400) an individual reported that four subjects were attempting to break into her home at 5113 Hilson Drive while she was home.  She observed a vehicle in her driveway and reported the license plate as 298JBR.  The vehicle was registered to Omar Hamawandi of 4807 Hall Court.  Ultimately one subject was identified as KPG member Meeran Hamawandi.  Hamawandi and an associate are arrested for the residential burglary, No other arrests are made in the case.

 

e.       On February 4th (2008-079411) Metro Police conducted a second controlled purchase of marijuana from a same juvenile KPG member as on January 16, 2008, with the assistance of a confidential informant.

 

f.       On February 21st (2008-116716) KPG member Chia Silevani and a Gangster Disciple member get into a fight at a Nashville school.  The KPG and the Gangster Disciples are known to have a long running feud.  Neither subject was arrested but both were kicked out of school in what the school’s principal described as a “gang related situation.”

 

g.      On March 17th (2008-178172) Paragon Mills Park is heavily “tagged” in yellow and black paint by the KPG.  Among the typical gang graffiti, KPG members also painted “F*** the Police” and “RIP Mark Anderson.”  In gang parlance, this is a threat to Det. Anderson.

 

h.      On April 8th (2008-234096) two people report that they were followed by a vehicle as they left Paragon Mills Park.  The two individuals reported that they had been followed from Paragon Mills Park until the vehicles reached the intersection of Charlotte Avenue and 5th Avenue North.  While at this red light, four persons exited the following vehicle and approached the victims with a baseball bat.  The victims reportedly ran the red light and called 911. While talking to the emergency communications center, the victims made their way to the Criminal Justice Center and made contact with a patrol officer.  The suspect vehicle was observed and stopped.  When patrol stopped the suspect vehicle, it was only occupied by the driver, KPG member, Mervan Ibrahim.  The victims positively identified Ibrahim as one of the suspects but refused to prosecute.

 

i.        On July 3rd (2008-446143) KPG member Shakawan Saberi was stopped for a traffic violation.  After a consensual search Metro Police found a white tissue containing a green plant substance believed to be marijuana. 

 

j.        On July 16th (2008-478789) a trial for KPG members Ako Nejad, Aso “Diako” Nejad, Delsosh Ahmed, Nechirvan Yahya, and other co-conspirators is held for a 2006 Park Police shooting.  The Nejad brothers are convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Ako is also convicted of Attempted Murder of a Parks Police Officer.  The convictions came on the testimony of Delsosh Ahmed, who begins receiving death threats within minutes of the verdict.  In 2010, as a result of these threatening calls, KPG members Mohammad Nejad and Abbas Nejat are found guilty for Retaliation for Past Acts.

 

k.      On July 18th (2008-484918) KPG member Mohammad Al Mosawi’s vehicle was searched while parked at the Kroger located on Nolensville Pike near Elysian Fields.  Al Mosawi was cited for simple possession after the search produced a small amount of marijuana.

 

l.        On or around July 29th (2008-516321) KPG members vandalized and defaced Providence Park – near Paragon Mills School and Paragon Mills Park.  Specifically, KPG members used graffiti to mark up the property with “KP”, “KP 11 16”, “Kurdish Pride”, “KPG”, “KPG 4 life”, “Kurd Life”, “OG Delo He Free”, and “police killa.” 

 

m.    On or around July 29th KPG members vandalized and defaced public property at Paragon Mills Park (located at 465 Benita Dr., Nashville, TN 37211). Specifically, KPG members used spray paint to mark “KP”, “Kurdish Pride we back”, “KPG”, “Kurd-Life” and “KP OG Delo free” on the park building.

 

n.      On or around August 4th (2008-543518), KPG members vandalized and defaced private property near the intersection of Paragon Mills Dr. and Nolensville Rd.  Specifically, KPG members used black and yellow spray paint to deface a building and portable storage container with “KP”, “Kurdish Pride”, “Kurd-Life” and “Kurdish Pride Gangsta.”

 

o.      In September (2008-631289) KPG member Mohammad Al Mosawi is arrested with an associate at I-440 Parkway and Nolensville Pk. for Felony Possession of Marijuana.

 

p.      On September 15th (2008-631867) a juvenile KPG member was shot and robbed in the area of 1508 Hickory Hollow Terrace.  The KPG member stated that he had been gambling and won a couple of thousand dollars playing dice.  The suspect became upset and pulled a gun on the juvenile and demanded the money back.  The juvenile initially refused, and the suspect shot him in the hip.  Later, the juvenile identified the suspect as a member of the Bloods, a criminal gang. The juvenile did not prosecute.

 

q.      In late September or early October, (2008-666706) KPG members Shivon Abdullatif, two named respondents (the named respondents were juveniles at the time this event occurred), and a suspected KPG member assaulted a high school student for playing his drums too loud outside of a local high school band room.  All four were charged with Aggravated Assault.

 

r.        On October 13th (2008-00309) KPG members Ismail Ismail and a named respondent (the named respondent was a juvenile at the time this event occurred) were arrested for breaking into a house at 4824 Milner Drive and stealing a television and cash.

 

s.       On November 9th (2008-770943) Metro Police receive a report that four people driving vehicles matching the description of known KPG members assaulted two people by pointing a handgun at them and stating “someone is going to die tonight.”  The two victims fled, but the four men caught back up with them at another location and began kicking and beating the victim’s vehicle. 

 

 

2009 Activities

 

a.       On January 18th (2009-046610) Officers attempted to stop KPG member Mervan Ibrahim for reckless driving by initiated emergency lights and sirens.  But Ibrahim actively attempted to flee, violating numerous motor vehicle laws and risking the safety of numerous motorists as well as himself and the Police Officer.

 

b.      On January 26th (2009-067184) Metro’s Gang Unit arrest KPG members Zyad Dosky, Armanj Esmail, Nashwan Muhammed, Jalal Nasir, Chia Silevani, and Durgham Al Mosawi for Criminal Trespass.  Before the arrests, the Gang Unit observed the arrestees engaging in a gang meeting at 3792 Nolensville Pike. 

 

c.       On February 12th 2009- (112222) a juvenile KPG member threatens his teacher with a revolver while at school. He is later convicted of attempted 2nd degree murder in Criminal Court.  During that trial, the KPG member made threats against the victim, and was later convicted of two counts of retaliation for past acts.

 

d.      On February 13th (2009-115387) a woman reports that she was followed by KPG members Ashoor Silomon, Durgham Al Mosawi, Shakawan Saberi, and Mizgin Tayip while walking to her home on Aster Drive.  While following the victim, the subjects made sexually suggestive hand signs and made the victim feel afraid. The victims did not want to prosecute.

 

e.       On February 19th (2009-131513) two juvenile KPG members and an associate are arrested for a residential burglary on Park Court.  Police arrested these KPG members while responding to the burglary in progress call.

 

f.       On March 10th (2009-186156) an individual observed KPG member Talon Noman acting suspicious at the Caldwell Court Condominiums. In response to the individual’s confrontation of his suspicious behavior, Noman began making threats and racially derogatory remarks to the victim.  Noman then got into a car with KPG members Aran Ibrahim and Durgham Al Mosawi and drove through the complex several more times while displaying a gun and threatening the victim.  In response Metro police officers arrive and charge Noman with Aggravated Assault and all the three subjects with Criminal trespass. While searching the property, officers found approximately five grams of marijuana near where Noman was originally seen standing.

 

g.      On March 10th (2009-187435) KPG members Durgham Al Mosawi and Ashoor Silomon are assaulted in Gold’s Gym parking lot at 5704 Nolensville Pike.  Neither subject reported the assault to the police. Police initially responded to the scene from other complainants that saw the fight and then responded to Southern Hills Hospital.  Both subjects refused to cooperate with police.

 

h.      On March 11th (2009-190638) two people report that they were assaulted in the Lowes parking lot at 5520 Nolensville Pike (this parking lot connects to the lot at Gold’s Gym).  The victims claim that KPG member Ashoor Silomon, Durgham Al Mosawi, and two other unknown subjects assaulted them after a verbal confrontation.  Both victims refused to prosecute.

 

i.        On April 15th (2009-209082) KPG member Armanj Esmail is questioned by Metro in an investigation of a rape of a juvenile.  At the completion of the investigation, Esmail was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for transporting juveniles that he knew where runaways to a room he rented at a hotel for the purpose of engaging in drug and sexual activity.

 

j.        On April 14th (22009-87505) a 2nd grade student reports to her teacher that she was taken to a KPG related gang fight at Cane Ridge Park and told to videotape the event by her cousin.  This student also reported that she witnessed one person suffer an injury. 

 

k.      On April 26th (2009-324781) KPG member Jalal Nasir, reports to police that he and KPG members Chia Sielvani and Durgham Al Mosawi were in his car at the intersection of Haywood Lane and Nolensville Pike when two male Hispanics pulled up next to them.  Mr. Nasir reported that one of the subjects pulled out a gun and began firing shots at his car.  Sielvani sustains a gunshot wound in the left shoulder.

 

l.        On May 14th (2009-380790) a KPG associate arrives at Southern Hills Hospital with a gunshot wound, who reports the admission to the police.  The KPG associate tells the reporting officer that he and his brother were shot at by four male Hispanics in vehicle as they drove by on Richards Road.  The suspects were wearing brown bandanas over their faces. 

 

m.    On May 20th (2009-397759) KPG members Meeran Hamawandi and Mizgin Tayip are reported as witnesses to an Armed Robbery of another KPG member.

 

n.      On or around July 26th (2009-590270) KPG members vandalized public property at Paragon Mills Park. On this occasion, KPG members used a saw to cut down a light pole that contained a mounted security camera. Photos of severed pole are attached as Exhibit 3-4.

 

o.      On July 27th (2009-591902) KPG member Mizgin Tayip sold 5 grams of marijuana and a handgun to a Confidential Informant.  Mr. Tayip later plead to Simple Possession.  During this investigation, Tayip sold two other firearms to the Confidential Informant, but was never charged with the firearm sells.  During each transaction, Tayip was with unidentified Kurdish subjects, whom the CI claimed were KPG members.

 

p.      On August 29th (2009-690774) an individual reports that his family’s home on Yelton Drive was broken into during a four hour period.  Victim and his father, a retired Tennessee State Trooper, had a large collection of guns that were taken in the burglary.  Victim reports that he went to high school with several KPG members, whom he felt was aware of the number of guns in the home.  Earlier in the day, KPG member Omeed Esmail came by the victim’s home just to say “Hi”.  Victim said that that was unusual, as he had not heard from Mr. Esmail in over a year.  Later, while out fishing, the victim received a phone call from Omeed Esmail asking him where he was and what he was doing.  Shortly after learning that the victim was out fishing, Omeed Esmail ended the call.  When the victim returned home, he found that someone had broken into the house and stole 19 guns along with other items.

 

q.      On September 10th (2009-727880) Metro received information from a confidential informant that a gang fight may occur at Paragon Mills Park.  The informant also related that several Kurdish Pride members had hidden several guns in the park.  Multiple KPG members are observed in park hanging out on the specified date of the fight.  KPG members Zaydon Dosky and Ashoor Silomon are seen walking near the remote area containing the guns.  Ultimately the guns are recovered, three of which were stolen in the August 29th burglary (690774), along with a new box of ammunition.  From the box of ammunition, Metro is able to identify KPG members Omeed Esmail and Aran Ibrahim as two of the people who purchased the ammunition.

 

r.        On September 12th (2009-734236) KPG members again vandalized and defaced public property at Paragon Mills Park.  Specifically, KPG members used black spray paint to deface a building and other items in the park with “KP”, “Kurdish Pride”, “R.I.P. Mark,” “F*** Mark,” “KP run this park,” and “KP OG F*** Police.” Photos of this graffiti are attached as Exhibit 3-5.

 

2010 Activities:

 

a.       On February 3rd (2010-146422) KPG member Shakhawan Saberi appeared on the property of Glencliff High School.  A school Officer stopped Mr. Saberi when he was attempting to open a classroom door.  Mr. Saberi appeared intoxicated and possessed a small bag of marijuana, Lortab pills, Oxycodone pills, and  one Methadone Pill.  Mr. Saberi had previously been a Glencliff student, but was expelled for a gang related incident.

  

b.      On February 6th (2010-156963) a residential burglary at 234 Delvin Drive occurs.  Collectible coins are among the property that is stolen.  Two days later (160782) KPG member Durgham Al Mosawi and an associate are observed by Metro Police attempting to sell several collectible coins that were stolen from 234 Delvin Drive on February 6, 2010.  After further searches, Metro police found items that were taken in three other residential burglaries.  Mr.Al Mosawi and his associate are arrested in connection to this and several other burglaries. 

 

c.       On March 1st (2010-220947) KPG members again vandalized and defaced public property at Paragon Mills Park.  The building at the park, several basketball goals, signs, and other public improvements were marked with graffiti stating “KPG”, “ride or die”, “police kill” and “Kurdish pride”

 

d.      On or around March 9th (2010-242442 & 2010-242773) KPG members vandalized and defaced public property at Glencliff High School (located at 160 Antioch Poke, Nashville, TN 37211) and the Nashville Offices of the Fraternal Order of Police (located on Welshwood Drive). Specifically, KPG members vandalized the Glencliff building, a school bus, the Fraternal order of Police Building, and nearby signs with the following graffiti: “KP,” “Kurdish Pride,” “KPG,” “F*** the police,” “Kurd-Life,” “Kurd Pride Gang,” and “Kurdish Pride Gangsta Kurd Life.”

 

e.       On March 9th (2010-241689) an apartment at 2131 Elm Hill Pike was burglarized.  Among the items stolen from this apartment was a six-shot Smith and Wesson revolver.  Nine days later (2010-263074) Metro Police stopped KPG member Zaydon Dosky for a traffic violation at Nolensville Pk. and Wallace Rd.  Mr. Dosky had two passengers in the car with him. In the back seat, near where one of the passengers was seated, a stolen .357 revolver, 6 bullets, and a pair of black gloves are recovered. Mr. Dosky was cited for not possessing a driver’s license. His passenger claimed ownership of the gun, and is charged for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun and Misdemeanor Theft of Property.

 

f.       On April 15th (2010-341008):  KPG members Mizgin Tayip and Aran Ibrahim sold 3.6 grams of powder cocaine to a Confidential Informant.  On August 8, 2011, Tayip plead guilty to facilitation of the sale of cocaine in addition to the gang enhancement. As a condition of his plea agreement, he admitted membership in KPG to the court.

 

g.      On April 26th (2010-369874) KPG member Aran Ibrahim and an associate are arrested for Criminal Trespass at 4828 Aster Drive.  KPG meetings are known to occur in this church parking lot.

 

h.      On April 27th (2010-373425) KPG members Aran Ibrahim and Armanj Esmail sold 127 grams (4.5 ounces) of counterfeit cocaine to a Confidential Informant.  Subsequently, Esmail pleads to facilitation-felony counterfeit controlled substance and Ibrahim pleads to charges connected with another indictment in a related case (341008).

 

i.        On May 10th (2010-413721) Metro Police responded to a reported fight at 910 Players Court, an apartment complex off of Edmondson Pk.  Upon arrival, the officers discover that several KPG members had jumped the locked gate to the pool and were causing a disturbance.  KPG members Omeed Esmail, Armanj Esmail, Ali Yasin, and a named respondent (the named respondent was a juvenile at the time this event occurred) were arrested for their participation in the incident. 

 

j.        On June 17th (2010-525515) KPG member Mervan Ibrahim reported to Metro Police that KPG members Seyfan Ibrahim, Mohammad Al Mosawi and an associate accused him of robbery and threatened to kill him.  A witness at the scene reported that all parties involved were threatening each other.  Mervan Ibrahim refused to prosecute the case. 

 

k.      On July 24th (2010-622196) Metro Police observed KPG member Durgham Al Mosawi attempt to assault the owner of a night club.  The officer witnessed these actions while conducting a business check at the night club, located at 3810 Nolensville Pike.

 

 

l.        On July 31st (2010-641731) KPG members Meeran Hamawandi and Mohammad Al Mosawi are involved in an altercation at Paragon Mills Park with other KPG members.  During the altercation three individuals pull guns and begin firing shots at an automobile.  As a result, Mr. Hamawandi sustains a gunshot wound to his right leg.  KPG members Ahmed Kestay, Chia Silveani, and Rena Kestay are ultimately identified and arrested for the shooting between the different KPG cliques. 

 

m.    On August 3rd (2010-647742) KPG member Mohammad Al Mosawi reports to the police that he is being followed and threatened by other KPG members belonging to the 38th Street clique.  Mr. Al Mosawi reported that the 38th Street KPG members threatened to kill him if he went to court to testify in relation to the July 31st shooting at Paragon Mills Park.  Mr. Al Mosawi also reported that he had not previously reported other instances where this KPG clique had threatened him.

 

n.      On August 14th (2010-676973) Metro Police observed a late night KPG meeting at the church located at 4828 Aster Dr.  At the time the officer’s observed the meeting, the church was closed.  Police arrest KPG members Armanj Esmail, Becas Mahmut, Nijyar Yasin, and four other suspected KPG members for Criminal Trespass.

 

o.      On October 12th (2010-835428) KPG member Zaydon Dosky is stopped for a traffic violation by Officer M. Ryan.  Dosky is found is charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana.

 

p.      On November 8th (2010-908502) Metro Police witnessed several individuals standing in the Paragon Mills Park.  As the officer shined a light on the persons, they took off running behind a group of houses.  Upon further investigation, the side of the building in Paragon Mills Park had been spray painted with “KP”, “Thug” and “Kurd 11-16.”  Some of this graffiti specifically threatens individual Metro Police personnel.

 

q.      On November 24th (2010-948281) KPG member Shakhawan Saberi was stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for HOV and lane use violations.  During the stop, the trooper discovered that Mr. Saberi was driving on a suspended license, and noticed a smell of alcohol on his breath.  Mr. Saberi was arrested and was placed in the back of the police car.  While in the back of the police car, Mr. Saberi broke out the driver side rear window.  Mr. Saberi was charged with Vandalism, Simple Possession, Driving Under the Influence, and Driving on a Suspended License. 

 

r.        On December 11th (2010-989552) KPG members Ashoor Silomon, Shakhawan Saberi, and an associate are attacked in front of 3968 Keeley Dr.  When Metro Police arrive, Mr. Silomon tells the reporting officer that he is dating a female Kurdish Muslim and he is a Christian Kurd.  Mr. Silomon reported that he was attacked by the three suspects because they feel that the Muslims should not date Christians.  The three suspects named by Mr. Silomon are also KPG members. 

 

s.       On December 11th (2010-990046) Paragon Mills Park is vandalized with graffiti.  The graffiti was from a KPG rival, “Brown Mexican 13 and SUR 13”.

 

t.        On December 20th (2010-1016145) Paragon Mills Park is vandalized with KPG graffiti by crossing out the Brown 13 and SUR 13 graffiti.  Crossing out another gang’s graffiti is seen as a disrespectful act.

 

2011Activities:

 

a.       On January 7th (2011-0018199) an individual reports that he was assaulted in the Kroger’s parking lot on Nolensville Pike near Elysian Fields Road by KPG member Durgham Al Mosawi.  The injury caused the victim to receive treatment at Southern Hills Hospital.  Mr. Al Mosawi is arrested for Aggravated Assault..

 

b.      On January 18th (2011-0047351) Mervan Ibrahim was discovered to possess marijuana weighing approximately 6.9 grams during a traffic stop.

  

c.       On February 13th (2011-0115469) KPG member Shinvar Abdullatif and another individual are reportedly assaulted by an unknown male Asian at a sports bar near Edmondson Pike and Old Hickory Blvd. The fight escalated from an argument of unknown reasons.

 

d.      On February 18th (2011-0130960) Three people are identified as suspects in an Aggravated Assault. The victim and the suspects had a confrontation at a night club located at 15115 Old Hickory Blvd.  During the verbal confrontation the suspects made references to the KPG.  A short time later the victim was attempting to leave with his friend when he was attacked in the parking lot by the three men and two other unknown Kurdish males.  The victim sustained a bloody nose and numerous welts.

 

e.       On February 20th (2011-0134670) an individual reports that he was assaulted by four to five KPG members at Paragon Mills Park.  The persons conducting the assault also took a cell phone from the victim.  No identification or arrests have been made in this incident to date.

 

f.       On February 24th (2011-0142982) a residential burglary is reported at 4104 Partner Way.  On the side of the residence, near the window that was smashed in the burglary, “KP” was spray painted.  The window screen had been pulled off of the window before it was broken. 

 

g.      On March 4th (2011-0167274 & 2011-0167431): 6 KPG members jump an individual and stab him after a verbal altercation that occurred earlier in the afternoon on the bus home from a local high school. Shortly after exiting the bus, the KPG members appear in a vehicle and confront the victim about his “disrespect.”  Subsequently, the victim was attacked and stabbed with a screwdriver in the arm and back.  The known suspects are identified as KPG members Jegar Ramazan and two other named respondents (the named respondents were juveniles at the time this event occurred).  Three days later, March 7th (0173230), a named respondent (the named respondent was a juvenile at the time this event occurred) KPG member is assaulted at school by the victim of the March 4th attack. The perpetrator of this assault was arrested and charged accordingly.

 

h.      On March 8th (2011-0178391) a residential burglary is reported on 4108 Partner Way.  The outside of the residence is also vandalized with “KP” painted on near where entry into the house was made. No suspects or arrest at this time. This matter appears related to the February 24th burglary a few houses down (2011-0142982).

 

i.        On April 8th (2011-0270369) two persons report that four middle-eastern subjects attempted to steal electronics out of the back of their van while they were conversing in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Nolensville Pike and Harding Place.  An altercation began and the victims attempted to leave in their van.  The suspects chased the victims and used a blunt instrument to break out the back window of the van.  At least one of the suspects was described as wearing a large baggy yellow shirt and had a long thin beard that extended from the ears to the chin.  A victim described the beard as looking like football straps coming down the sides of the face.

 

j.        On April 20th (2011-0306193) KPG member Alar Khalifa is arrested for simple possession of a controlled substance, marijuana at Antioch Pike.

 

k.      On May 7th (2011-0358624) a named respondent (the named respondent was a juvenile at the time this event occurred) is arrested for Aggravated Assault at Paragon Mills Park.  The victim reported to Metro Park Police that she was driving through the park and was stopped by the respondent, who was in the roadway and would not move.  The victim reported that the respondent and several other Kurdish males then moved toward her and began yelling and displaying bats and sticks.  Ultimately the respondent assaulted the victim with an umbrella. 

  

l.        On May 13th (2011-0377573) Metro Police stopped KPG member Omeed Esmail for Reckless Driving at the hotel at 95 Wallace Rd.  After a consensual search of Mr. Esmail’s vehicle, a .22 cal revolver was located.  Mr. Esmail was cited for Unlawful weapons Possession and trespassing.  During the stop, Mr. Esmail admitted to the arresting officer that he was a KPG member.

 

m.    On May 17th (2011-0386951) Paragon Mills Park is vandalized with KPG graffiti.  The park slides, welcome sign, handicap sign, bleachers, restrooms, light posts and trees were all vandalized in this incident.  The graffiti referenced the KPG, 8 Block, P-Mills, and 38th Street.  Additionally, the graffiti included “F*** Mark,” “Thug Life,” “f*** da police,” and “stay out of our hood bit**a*s Mark.” 

 

n.      On May 18th (02011-390596) KPG member Zyad Dosky is stopped for a traffic violation after he left Paragon Mills Park.  He is arrested for simple possession of marijuana.

 

o.      On June 6th (2011-0448895) KPG member Mervan Ibrahim was stopped for a traffic violation at 4041 Nolensville Pike.  Mr. Ibrahim’s admitted to possessing marijuana during the stop and was charged with simple possession of marijuana. 

 

p.      On June 16th (2011-0481957) Mervan Ibrahim was stopped for a traffic violation at I-65 and Wedgewood Ave.  During the traffic stop the Officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  During a probable cause search of the vehicle the Officer located five individually wrapped bags marijuana inside the steering wheel of the vehicle.  Mr. Ibrahim admitted that the marijuana was his.

  

q.      On June 30th (2011-0520791) several people report that five Kurdish males in a black Honda get into a verbal altercation with another person over a parking space at the McDonalds located on Nolensville Pike near Harding Place.  At least two of the Kurdish males begin chasing the suspect armed with a handgun.  Several shots are fired at the victim as the victim runs across Nolensville Pike into the Wal Mart parking lot. The suspects catch the victim near the Wal Mart and physically assault the victim before they fleeing on foot.  No arrests have been made in connection with this incident.

 

r.        On July 27th (2011-0592239) KPG member Meeran Hamawandi delivered one pound of marijuana to Metro Police in a controlled narcotics transaction. 

 

s.       On July 30th (2011-0600511) KPG member Mervan Ibrahim assaulted two Metro detectives by shining a laser pointer at them.  Mr. Ibrahim has since pled guilty to the charges.

 

t.        On August 31st (2011-0695321) three KPG members, two named respondents (the named respondents were juveniles at the time this event occurred) and an additional juvenile are named as suspects when a local high school football player reports he has been threatened by KPG members.  The victim alleges that he was first threatened at the Tennessee State Fair and then about a week later he received a threat on his Facebook account.

 

u.      On September 15th (2011-0732383) an individual reports that he received a call from an unknown person that agreed to purchase two I Pads that he had posted on craigslist.  When he showed up to conduct the transaction at the K-Mart on Nolensville Pike near Harding Place, the victim was robbed by two Kurdish males dressed in black and yellow. 

 

v.      On September 19th 2011: Police respond to Club Cirok in response to an anonymous caller claiming that KPG members were going to the club and “shoot up the place” because the Bloods were having a meeting inside.  No activity was observed while Metro Police maintained a presence at the club..

 

w.    On September 26th (2011-0759997) Providence Park is vandalized with KPG graffiti. 

 

x.      On October 2nd (2011-0775061) KPG member Chia Silevani, and two suspected KPG members are arrested for possession of two handguns and possession of marijuana, Oxycodone and Tramadol.  The handgun found under the floor mat on the driver’s side where Silevani was seated had been reported stolen.  One of the two suspected KPG members was wearing a black hat with a yellow “P” on the front.

             

y.      On October 5th (2011-0784124) a named respondent (the named respondent was a juvenile at the time this event occurred) along with numerous other identified and unidentified Kurdish males are involved in a large fight at a local high school.  The respondent is arrested for assaulting a teacher while the teacher is trying to break up the fight.  One of the victims of the initial fight is J.S. Later that day (0784978) J.S. and his mother called 911 to report that several car loads of Kurdish males in yellow and red masks approached their apartment and began breaking out windows with bricks and rocks.  Before the suspects left, someone fired approximately eight rounds into the residence.  Mr. S. also reported to Metro Police that he was assaulted the previous week by KPG members. Moreover, Mr. S. reported that he had been challenged to a fight by several KPG members earlier in the day.

           

z.       On October 6th (2011-0787837) Police are dispatched to Paragon Mills Park in relation to a subject with a gun in the park. The complainant stated that there were approximately ten Kurdish males in the park and they were dressed in yellow and blue.  The complainant also stated that he thought that they were gang members.

 

aa.   On October 9th (2011-0795290) KPG member Mizgin Tayip reports to Metro Police that he is the victim of an Aggravated Assault.  Mr. Tayip claims that four male Hispanics believed to be either MS 13 or Sur 13 (gang related) shot at him while he was driving in the area of Nolensville Pk. and Tusculum Rd.

 

bb.  On October 12th (2011-0804708) KPG members Mizgin Tayip, Durgham Al Mosawi, and Hayder Al Mosawi are stopped after an aggravated assault on Welshwood Drive.  The three men matched the description of suspects that reportedly assaulted a Hispanic individual for no apparent reason.

 

cc.   On October 28th (2011-0847542) Metro Police respond to a residential burglary in progress at 2708 Glenmont Drive.  Based on the eyewitness descriptions and physical evidence found at the scene, four subjects are identified and charged in the burglary.  A named respondent (the named respondent was a juvenile at the time this event occurred) and three gang-affiliated associates are arrested for the incident.

 

dd. On October 31st (2011-0852894) Security at Club Bucanas located at 3810 Nolensville Pike, called the police to report shots fired. The complainant also reported that he observed a juvenile KPG member, and three unidentified subjects in the area.  The Juvenile, who has admitted that he is a KPG member, was found in possession of the handgun that had discharged the reported shots, and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, curfew violation, and disorderly conduct.

 

ee.   On November 18th (2011-0901201) Metro Police receive a report that an individual  was attacked by as many as ten Kurdish males wearing yellow masks over their faces at the bus stop located at Largo Drive and Leo Lane.  The victim related that he was targeted because of the October 5th gang fight (2011-0784124) at Overton High School, where he identified some of the initial suspects that were later expelled from the school.

 

ff.    On December 10th (2011-0958731) KPG member Redeer Ramazan is a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation at Largo Drive and Wallace Road (near the safety zone).  A consensual search of Ramazan produced 48 Hydrocodone pills. Mr. Ramazan is arrested for possession without a prescription.

 

gg.  On December 11th (2011-0962639) an individual reported to that he was playing a pickup game of soccer at Montgomery Bell Academy when an argument started with a group of men.  These men then assaulted the victim, with at least one suspect kicking him in the face reportedly with soccer shoes.  The victim sustained numerous fractures to his face.  The Metro Police investigation produced KPG member Feriya Yazdanparast and a relative as suspects in the case. Both suspects were charged with aggravated assault.

 

hh.  On December 26th (2011-1002334) a named respondent (the named respondent was a juvenile at the time this event occurred) and a KPG associate are arrested for a residential burglary on Cherrywood Drive.  A witness of the burglary called Metro Police to report the burglary in progress, and the suspects were apprehended at the house.

 

2012 Activities:

 

a.       From October of 2011, until his arrest in January of 2012 (2011-0800356, 2011-0800382, 2011-0809976, 2011-0811328, 2011-0812670, 2011-0820191 & 2012-0083415), KPG member Radeer Ramazan manufactured approximately $590.00 in counterfeit $20.00 bills.  Approximately $320.00 of these counterfeit bills were distributed around Nashville locations.  Mr. Ramazan later pleas to Criminal Simulation.  

 

b.      On February 21st (2012-0159002) Metro Police responded to a call at the apartments located at 221 Plus park Boulevard..  KPG member Amet Ramazan is later identified and charged with aggravated assault for threatening an individual at the complex with a handgun. 

 

c.       On March 13th (2012-0223589) Metro Police respond to reports that four men at the Wal-Mart on the corner of Harding Place and Nolensville Pike have threatened shoppers with a gun.  The victims reported they were confronted by a group of men who told the victims “you on the wrong side of town.”  The suspects follow the victims to their car and threaten them with a handgun.  Metro Police, using surveillance video, later identified KPG members Bejar Mustafa and Bangeen Bazirki as two of the suspects.

 

d.      On March 28th (2012-0267992) KPG members Durgham and Hayder Al Mosawi report to Metro Police that they were in their car at 3905 Nolensville Pike when another KPG member, Bejar Mustafa, approached their car and pointed a handgun at them.  KPG member Bejar Mustafa was charged in Juvenile Court with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon.

 

e.       On April 1st (2012-0279793) KPG members Radeer Ramazan and Jalal Nasir are observed by Metro Police in a parked car at Safari Hookah, located 3734 Nolensville Pike (near the Safety Zone), with marijuana and loose pills in their laps.  Both subjects were arrested for simple possession.  While processing Mr. Ramazan and Mr. Nasir, Police were confronted with a large number of other KPG members and associates (2012-0279859), as well as an individual driving recklessly through the parking lot toward them.  When a Metro Detective moves to detain Amet Ramazon after Mr. Ramazon attempted to avoid an inquiry for his driver’s license, Mr. Ramazan tells the detective to “get the f*** off me” and pushed the detective away.  Amet Ramazan was arrested for resisting a stop.

 

f.       On May 23rd (2012-0434521) KPG member Renas Kestay was stopped by a Wal-Mart employee as part of a group that was suspected of shoplifting. After a stolen item was recovered from a juvenile in the group, everyone in the group was told by the Wal-Mart manager that they were banned from entering the Wal-Mart in the future.

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La mayoría de arrestos de inmigrantes son por crimenes menores


El siguiente articulo del abogado de inmigracion, Sean Lewis fue publicado en la version de Papel del periodico Mundo Hispano Bilingue a principios del 2012.

NASHVILLE –Una de las cosas en las que pienso en esta época del año es cómo mis clientes se han visto afectados por las leyes de inmigración. También reflexiono sobre cómo mi firma de abogados ha trabajado en la asistencia a un gran grupo de clientes en sus asuntos legales.

En retrospectiva, creo que el 2011 fue un año muy bueno para la mayoría de nuestros clientes: hemos obtenido la residencia en la corte de inmigración para la mayoría de las peticiones ingresadas y hemos unido a las familias a través de procesos consulares, solicitudes complicadas y luchas contra la deportación de nuestros clientes en la corte.

Algo que distingue el 2011 con respecto al 2010 es que la agencia de aplicación de la ley migratoria (ICE) está reconociendo la ‘Discreción para Acusar’. El término no es nuevo y se refiere a la priorización de los casos. Por ejemplo, en lugar de arrestar a quienes cruzan la calle indebidamente, la policía en todo el país decide mejor procesar a los criminales peligrosos en sus localidades.

De igual modo, ICE está implementando lentamente la política de “puertas abiertas” para considerar las solicitudes de suspender o cancelar el proceso de deportación de algunas personas en proceso de deportación.

Hemos tenido éxito en algunos casos de deportación que han sido cerrados indefinidamente. En una ocasión se nos concedió una petición para finalizar un caso por dos meses de modo que el cliente pueda acumular dos meses de presencia física en los EE.UU. y así ella pueda calificar para la “Cancelación de la Remoción por Diez Años”.

Ahora esa misma cliente está solicitando la tarjeta verde en la corte de inmigración y también obtendrá una autorización de trabajo y una licencia de conducir mientras su caso nosotros preparamos su caso frente a la corte de inmigración.

¿Significa esto que Obama está deteniendo todas las deportaciones como se anunció equivocadamente por varios medios noticiosos en español?

La respuesta es “absolutamente NO”! Lo que sucede es que ICE solo puede deportar unas 400,000 personas al año y ya alcanzó la cuota de este año.

Lo que está haciendo el gobierno es aplicar la ley “inteligentemente” perseguiendo a los criminales de delitos graves, a personas que representan un peligro para la seguridad del país.

Lamentablemente, en Tennessee, y especialmente en Nashville, la mayoría de las personas detenidas por delitos menores como el manejar sin licencia terminan en procedimientos de deportación.

Como concecuencia los dos jueces del tribunal migratorio de Memphis tienen un mayor volumen de casos por juez que cualquier otro tribunal de la nación. De modo que ahora nos toma de dos a tres años para obtener una fecha para la audiencia final cuando ello solía tomar menos de un año.

Creo firmemente que ICE está tomando la ‘Discreción para Acusar’ en serio y nos han tratado profesionalmente. Debemos reconocer que ICE tiene el trabajo de hacer cumplir la ley tal como está escrita.

Sin embargo, puedo decir según mi experiencia con los abogados y agentes de ICE, que ellos han tomado nuestra solicitud de ‘Discreción para Acusar’ en serio. Aunque mi gran deseo para el 2012 es un cambio integral de nuestro sistema de inmigración quebrado- que no va a suceder ya que se avecina otra elección.

Soy realista en la creencia de que seremos capaces de mantener unidas a más familias el próximo año haciendo uso de la ‘Discreción para Acusar’.

Nos llena de orgullo ver a generaciones de familias que reunimos o mantuvimos unidas para vivir el sueño americano. Es por eso que hago lo que hago.

Felices Fiestas de Fin de Año!

Estudiantes de Ingles de Boston refuerzan su derecho


El Departamento de Justicia logro un acuerdo con el Comité Escolar de Boston, órgano rector de las Escuelas Públicas de Boston, para garantizar que los estudiantes del programa de ensenanza del Idioma Inglés (ELL) en Boston, reciban los servicios y ayudas que necesitan para superar las barreras del idioma, según lo estipulado en la ley por la Igualdad de Oportunidades Educativas de 1974 y el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964.

Este acuerdo sustituye a un acuerdo provisional realizado el 1 de octubre de 2010, que obligaba a las Escuelas Públicas de Boston (el distrito) a aplicar remedios a corto-plazo para asegurarse que miles de estudiantes inapropiadamente excluidos del programa ELL del distrito fuesen evaluados rápidamente recibir estos servicios.

El acuerdo alcanzado ahora rige la transición del distrito a partir de estos remedios a corto plazo hacia políticas y programas a largo plazo que permitan ampliar la cobertura del programa de ELL de Boston y esten diseñados para asegurar que los servicios prestados a los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés son de alta calidad, impartidos por profesores calificados y adaptados a las necesidades específicas de cada estudiante.

El acuerdo actual requiere que el distrito continúe sus esfuerzos para identificar con precisión y ubicar a los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés. Además asegurarse que los estudiantes ELL, quienes enfrentan desafíos únicos, incluyendo a los estudiantes con educación formal interrumpida y los estudiantes con discapacidades, para que reciban evaluaciones y servicios que están especialmente diseñados para hacer frente a esos desafíos.

El acuerdo también ofrece a los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés un mayor acceso a las oportunidades de aprendizaje de alto nivel en el distrito. Para asegurarse de que estos cambios en los programas son eficaces, el nuevo acuerdo requiere del distrito una evaluacion del efecto de estos cambios sobre el rendimiento estudiantil a través del tiempo usando análisis de datos robustos y dividiendo los datos procedentes de  sub-grupos de estudiantes especificos.

ILLINOIS LATINO VOTERS WILL BE THE VOICE FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS


Chicago, IL– Yesterday, DREAMers and allies gathered at the Rebano Church in Chicago, Illinois.  Pastor Santiago, an Evangelical preacher, opened on how Chicago is a welcoming city in a welcoming state, and drew stark contrasts with Alabama and Arizona. Pastor Santiago then spoke about how Republicans were using religion when it was convenient, such as stirring up the base on abortion, but ignore Jesus when they craft immigration policy.  He warned the GOP presidential candidates that they shouldn’t cloak themselves in Christian rhetoric while ignoring his message on families and announced that he would stand by undocumented immigrants and against the GOP presidential candidates who are attacking immigrant communities. 
 
Fanny Lopez-Martinez took the podium next. Fanny, who is now working toward a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Chicago, is also an undocumented student married to an Army veteran who had just returned from Afghanistan.  She spoke about how worrisome it was knowing that anytime she would be placed into deportation proceedings.  Her husband, David Martinez, stated that it multiplied his anxiety while abroad, not knowing how much of his family he’d be able to come back to.  She talked about how she worked hard to support him, and how there were other undocumented military families who were struggling in the same way unnecessarily.
 
After his win in Puerto Rico, Mitt Romney pointed that his victory means that Latinos are willing to support a Republican candidate. However, he is either completely delusional about his appeal amongst Latino, or lying about his ability to pull in Latinos.  Although Romney won the 20 delegates that Puerto Rico has to offer, this is amongst conservative Puerto Rican voters who actually show up to primaries only.  Further, Puerto Ricans who live in Puerto Rico have different attitudes about immigration because they don’t have to try to vote for whomever is willing to let their parents stay in the country. What makes Romney’s victory even less impressive is the way that Rick Santorum could not connect with Puerto Ricans at all: he believed that there is a federal legal requirement to be able to speak English. 
 
In the end, Mitt Romney and the GOP candidates appear to ignore the reality when it comes to the issues Latinos care about. David Martinez, Fanny’s husband and military veteran, best described this when he clearly made known that although her wife cannot vote, her voice is his vote and would be voting against those who advocate breaking families apart. 
 
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El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. multó a productor de tomates de Newport, Tennessee, por más de $205,000 debido a violaciones de las leyes laborales agrícolas


Fish Farm Partnership también debe más de $50,000 en salarios atrasados a sus trabajadores

 

NEWPORT, Tennessee – El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. multó a Fish Farm Partnership, una empresa productora de tomates con sede en Newport, por $205,250 luego de que una investigación de la División de Horas y Salarios del departamento revelara numerosas violaciones a la Ley de Protección para los Trabajadores Agrícolas Migratorios y de Temporada (MSPA, por sus siglas en inglés), así como a disposiciones del programa de visas H-2A para trabajadores temporales no inmigrantes. La división también descubrió que la empresa debía $50,727 a 59 empleados por salarios atrasados.

 

“En este caso, los trabajadores vulnerables y con bajos salarios, que tenían visas H-2A o eran trabajadores inmigrantes, viajaron a Tennessee en búsqueda de un trabajo honesto” Dependían del establecimiento agropecuario para sus salarios, transporte seguro y alojamiento”, dijo Sandra Sanders, directora de la Oficina del Distrito de Nashville de la División de Horas y Salarios. “La ley Federal establece ciertas normas para proteger los derechos de los trabajadores extranjeros – quienes a menudo son vulnerables a la explotación – y de los trabajadores estadounidenses en condiciones semejantes de empleo, para que no sean afectados negativamente por el empleo de los trabajadores de otros países. Además de ocuparse de las acciones correctivas cuando se descubren prácticas ilegales, la División de Horas y Salarios está organizando encuentros con grupos de agricultores en la zona Este de Tennessee para informarles sobre sus responsabilidades según la ley Federal”.

 

Los investigadores descubrieron múltiples violaciones a la seguridad y la salud relacionadas con el alojamiento, incluido la falta de agua o su provisión inadecuada en algunas de las unidades de vivienda. Algunas unidades sufrían de baja presión del agua o carecían de agua caliente durante hasta tres días cada vez, en muchas entraban la lluvia y los insectos en los sectores habitables debido a que las ventanas y las puertas no cerraban adecuadamente o faltaban. En algunas viviendas los trabajadores estaban hacinados y una de ellas estaba ubicada junto a aguas servidas estancadas. Los trabajadores no contaban con instalaciones para el lavado de sus ropas, lo que los obligó a ocuparse de esas tareas en un río cercano. Además, los trabajadores no recibieron el transporte necesario entre las unidades de alojamiento y el establecimiento agropecuario.

 

La investigación mostró también que no se ofreció a los empleados la oportunidad de trabajar al menos tres cuartos de las horas exigidas por las obligaciones legales y contractuales. Además, los recibos de sueldo no mostraban la cantidad de horas trabajadas, las horas ofrecidas, y el pago por hora o por unidad de trabajo, que debe figurar obligatoriamente. Finalmente, el empleador tomó represalias contra varios trabajadores por ejercer sus derechos bajo el programa H-2A. Como resultado, se están considerando sanciones adicionales.

 

Fish Farm Partnership está apelando los hallazgos y las penas ante los jueces de la Oficina de Derecho Administrativo del Departamento de Trabajo. Sin embargo, sus directivos han acordado realizar importantes trabajos en las unidades de alojamiento e inspeccionarlas semanalmente, mantener registros precisos y pagar los costos de transporte de los trabajadores, pagar a todos los empleados los salarios mínimos obligatorios por las horas trabajadas, y proporcionarles todas las declaraciones legales necesarias.

 

El programa H2-A para trabajadores temporales permite a los empleadores que prevén una escasez de trabajadores locales ingresar trabajadores extranjeros no inmigrantes a los Estados Unidos para realizar trabajo agrícola temporal o estacional. El empleador debe presentar una solicitud declarando que no existe la cantidad suficiente de trabajadores locales y que el empleo de esos trabajadores no afectará negativamente los salarios y las condiciones laborales de los trabajadores estadounidenses en condiciones de empleo semejantes. Los empleadores que usan el programa H-2A deben cumplir diversas condiciones específicas para el reclutamiento, el pago, el alojamiento, la alimentación y transporte de los trabajadores. Hay más información disponible sobre los requisitos del programa H-2A enhttp://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs26a.htm.

 

La mayoría de los empleadores agrícolas, asociaciones agrícolas y contratistas que proveen mano de obra rural están sujetos a la MSPA, que protege a los trabajadores agrícolas inmigrantes y estacionales mediante normas de empleo relacionadas con los salarios, el alojamiento, el transporte, las declaraciones legales y los registros de información. Según la MSPA, todas las personas u organizaciones propietarias o controlantes de instalaciones o propiedades utilizadas para alojar a trabajadores inmigrantes deben cumplir las normas federales y estatales sobre seguridad y salubridad. La MSPA también exige que los contratistas de mano de obra rural se inscriban en el Departamento de Trabajo. Hay más información disponible sobre la MSPA en http://www.dol.gov/whd/mspa.

 

Rep. Curry Todd anuncia tener cancer incurable


Tennessee State Rep. Curry Todd anuncio en una reunion del comite de comercio de la camara de representantes que es victima de un cancer incurable e inoperable. El representante Curry impacto a la comunidad inmigrante cuando se expreso sumamente molesto acerca de las mujeres inmigrantes sin documentos y embarazadas diciendo: “Entonces ellas van a ir por ahí y se multiplicaran como ratas, supongo.”

SOY UN CIUDADANO AMERICANO O NO?


WASHINGTON –La Decimocuarta Enmienda a la Constitución – conocida por algunos como la piedra angular de los derechos civiles – afirma que, con muy pocas excepciones, todas las personas nacidas en los EE.UU. son ciudadanos de este país, independientemente de la ciudadanía de sus padres.

Después de la Guerra Civil(1861-1865) y la Proclamación de Emancipación de los esclavos(1863), la Decimocuarta Enmienda reiteró el principio de la ciudadanía constitucional que había sido temporalmente suprimido por el Tribunal Supremo: la decisión “Dred Scott” negaba la ciudadanía a los hijos de los esclavos nacidos en Estados Unidos.

Desde entonces, el Tribunal Supremo ha declarado reiteradamente el derecho constitucional a la ciudadanía. Sin embargo, a través del tiempo, varios proyectos de ley se han introducido para negar la ciudadanía americana a los niños cuyos padres están en los EE.UU. con visas temporales o sin autorización de permanencia en el país.

A medida que los grupos restriccionistas y algunos legisladores entre quienes se cuentan los representantes de Tennessee, continuan en sus intentos de restringir o revocar la ciudadanía constitucional, el Centro de Política sobre Inmigración señala que en estas circunstancias, “es importante recordar que eliminando la ciudadanía constitucional sería poco práctico, caro, no detendría la inmigración ilegal y sobre todo, sería inconstitucional.” 

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Estafan a familias inmigrantes


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—  Un sujeto hasta hoy desconocido por las autoridades pidio $6,000 a la esposa de un hombre sentenciado a 7 años de carcel. El hombre se identificó como agente de inmigración e intentó reunirse con su victima para la entrega del dinero.

Las autoridades de inmigración recuerdan a la comunidad que los agentes de ICE no se comunican con las familias de los detenidos para pedir dinero como fianza para su liberación.

Former Attorney Found Liable of the Unauthorized Practice of Law


January 18, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Consumers who have filed complaints against a Nashville man, suspended for practicing law without a license, may be eligible for restitution, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Gary Cordell, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs announced today.

Michael H. Sneed of Nashville, who has been found liable for the unauthorized practice of law and violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, has been ordered by the Davidson County Circuit Court to pay $18,372 to eligible consumers who used his services. The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered Sneed suspended from the practice of law on Feb. 24, 2009 for 18 months. He was later found to have continued representing multiple consumers acting as an attorney during his suspension. 

Attorney General Cooper, on behalf of the Division of Consumer Affairs, brought a civil lawsuit against Sneed for the unauthorized practice of law following numerous complaints to the Division of Consumer Affairs. An ensuing investigation determined violation of state laws. The Court subsequently entered an injunction prohibiting Sneed from continuing to advertise or offer services as a licensed attorney. During a recent court hearing, Judge Joseph Binkley Jr. granted the state’s request to compensate consumers harmed by Sneed. Additionally, consumers who come forward within six months of the Court’s Order dated January 6, 2012 are eligible for restitution. Judge Binkley additionally awarded the State $77,000 in remedial civil penalties for violations under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, $77,000.00 in remedial civil penalties under the Unauthorized Practice of Law statutes, and attorney and court costs associated with the case. 

“We are pleased with the Court’s decision,” Attorney General Cooper said. “We will not tolerate unauthorized practice of law in Tennessee, and encourage anyone who suspects such behavior to contact our office.”

If you were represented by Michael H. Sneed as your attorney at any time after February 24, 2009, please contact the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office at (615) 741-1671 or toll free within Tennessee at 1-877-275-7396. Because many of Sneed’s clients are Hispanic and much of his advertisements were directed toward the Hispanic Community, the Attorney General’s Office has a Spanish speaking staff member available to talk with Spanish speaking victims.

To find out if an attorney is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and is in good standing, call the Tennessee State Board of Professional Responsibility at (615) 361-7500 or visit their website at http://www.tbpr.org/. 

Consumers with complaints about individuals or businesses engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices should contact the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-342-8385 (toll free inside Tennessee) or (615) 741-4737.

To see a copy of the State’s filings in the Sneed case, go to www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/ and click on Filings of Interest.

En prision preparador de impuestos hispano


Nashville, Tenn.- Elmer Virula, de 54 años, ha sido condenado a 24 meses en prisión, seguidos de un año de libertad supervisada, por preparar y presentar declaraciones de impuestos fraudulentas al IRS, según un comunicado del Departamento de Justicia.

Virula también fue ordenado repagar al IRS $167,535 por presentar fraudulentamente créditos fiscales en las declaraciones de impuestos de sus clientes que generaron un reembolso mayor. También él debe cesar y desistir de representarse a sí mismo como un contador público certificado y no se le permitirá preparar declaraciones de impuestos para otros.

Virula fue acusado el 8 de abril de 2010 con 16 cargos de ayudar y asistir en la preparación de declaraciones de impuestos falsas. Según la acusación, Virula principalmente atendía a la comunidad hispana de Nashville, preparando declaraciones de impuestos de los años 2003 al 2006.

Virula, era dueño y operaba tres negocios de preparación de impuestos en la zona central de Tennessee y entrenó a sus empleados para ingresar fraudulentamente créditos fiscales en las declaraciones de impuestos de los clientes para generar un reembolso mayor a sabiendas que los clientes no tenían derecho.

“A medida que nos acercamos a la temporada de impuestos, los contribuyentes deben elegir un preparador de declaraciones de impuestos cuidadosamente. Las personas deben revisar sus declaraciones a fondo y asegurarse de que entienden todos los elementos en ellos, ya que son ellos los responsables de todo”, dijo Christopher A. Henry, jefe de la oficina de Investigación Criminal del IRS-Nashville.

Sentenced to prision Hispanic Tax preparer


 Nashville, Tenn. –Elmer Virula, 54, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for preparing and submitting fraudulent tax returns to the IRS, acording to a United States Attorney release.

Virula was also ordered to repay the IRS $167,535 for fraudulently enter tax credits on clients’ tax returns to generate larger refunds. He must also cease and desist from representing himself as a Certified Public Accountant and he is not allowed to prepare tax returns for others.

Virula was indicted on April 8, 2010, and charged with 16 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns. According to the indictment, Virula primarily catered to Nashville’s Hispanic community, preparing fraudulent federal income tax returns for calendar years 2003 through 2006.

Virula, owned and operated three tax preparation businesses in the middle Tennessee area and he trained his employees to fraudulently enter tax credits on clients’ tax returns to generate larger refunds for which the clients were not entitled.

As we approach the filing season, taxpayers are reminded to choose a return preparer carefully. Individuals should review their return thoroughly and make sure they understand every item on them as they are ultimately responsible for everything claimed on the return,” said Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation-Nashville Field Office.

During the sentencing hearing, numerous witnesses testified that Virula fraudulentaly represented himself to the immigrant Hispanic community as a christian minister and a CPA.

Drug bust in Hamblen county


 MORRISTOWN, Tenn.—On Tuesday January 17, 2012 officers of the Morristown Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit along with a Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) Task Force conducted a “buy-bust” operation in the parking lot of the BP Gas station at 7293 St. Clair Highway some 9 miles from the city of Morristown in Hamblen County.

During the “buy-bust” operation, four men were taken into custody: Esgar Escamella Estrella A.K.A. “Sonora”, age 27 of Bulls Gap, Isidoro Garcia A.K.A. “Shorty”, age 31 of Morristown, Martin Flores Peres, age 28 of Morristown and George Olquin Vasquez, age 27 of Morristown. The four men were found to be in possession of two ounces of powder cocaine, a Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a significant amount of cash. Investigators also seized a vehicle in the process.

Subsequent to these arrests, investigators obtained two search warrants. One search warrant was for a residence located at 2203 Reese Street in Morristown which was executed by the Morristown Police Department’s Special Response Team. The other search warrant was for a residence located at 195 Whitaker Road in Bulls Gap. This search warrant was executed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.), the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) and the Hawkins Sheriff’s Office. An additional amount of powder cocaine was found at the Bulls Gap residence.

The four men are being held in the Hamblen County Jail on charges of Manufacture and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotics and Unlawful Carry or Possession of a Weapon. They are being held without bond pending their arraignment and due the uncertainty of their U.S. citizenship I.C.E. has placed a detainer on them as well. Due to a firearm being present during the commission of the crime, the offenses are under consideration for prosecution by the United States District Attorney of the Eastern District.

Republicanos bloquean nominación de latina


Declaraciones del Senador Menendez luego de que Republicanos bloquearan la nominación de la Embajadora Aponte

Washington, DC – Hoy, los republicanos en el senado bloquearon la confirmación de Mari Carmen Aponte, la persona designada por el Presidente Obama como embajadora de Estados Unidos en El Salvador, quien ya se había desempeñado como embajadora tras su nombramiento durante un receso. En respuesta, el senador Robert Menéndez emitió las siguientes declaraciones:

“La guerra librada por los republicanos contra la embajadora Aponte demuestra que el Partido Republicano no está dispuesto a permitir que un historial estelar de servicio entorpezca sus ambiciones políticas de oponerse al Presidente Obama en todo momento: bloquearon esta designación sin fundamento, solo por politiquería.

“Aponte, quien nació en Puerto Rico, tiene una trayectoria fabulosa y, lo que es más importante aun, credenciales comprobadas tras haberse desempeñado como embajadora después de su nombramiento durante un receso. Ha sido defensora incondicional de los valores democráticos de Estados Unidos y las empresas estadounidenses en una región estratégicamente importante, y es sumamente respetada en la comunidad latina.

“Pero los republicanos, encabezados por el senador DeMint, han montado un ataque directo contra una distinguida embajadora estadounidense simplemente porque fue nombrada por el Presidente Obama. Los republicanos no solo han mostrado que están listos y dispuestos a debilitar nuestra posición como país por el bien de la politiquería, sino también que están dispuestos a ceder el control al Partido Republicano y Tea Party antes de respaldar a la comunidad latina y las prioridades del Presidente Obama”.

Statement from Senator Menendez Following Republican Block of Aponte Nomination

Washington, DC – Today, Republicans in the Senate blocked the confirmation of Mari Carmen Aponte, President Obama’s nominee as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, who had already served as ambassador following a recess appointment. In Response, Senator Robert Menendez issued the following statement:

“The Republican-waged war against Ambassador Aponte shows that the GOP will not let a stellar record of service get in the way of their political ambition to oppose President Obama at every step of the way – they blocked this nomination not because of substance, but because of politics.

“Ms. Aponte, who was born in Puerto Rico, has a great story and, more importantly, proven credentials – she has already served as ambassador following a recess appointment. She has been a stalwart for American democratic values and American businesses in a strategically important region, and is highly regarded within the Latino community.

“But Republicans, led by Senator DeMint, have mounted an all-out assault on a distinguished U.S. ambassador just because she was appointment by President Obama. Republicans have not only shown that they’re ready and willing to weaken our standing as a nation for the sake of politics, but also that they’ll yield control of the GOP the Tea Party before supporting the Latino community and President Obama’s priorities.”

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Protegido por la Constitucion Americana


WASHINGTON –La Decimocuarta Enmienda a la Constitución – conocida por algunos como la piedra angular de los derechos civiles – afirma que, con muy pocas excepciones, todas las personas nacidas en los EE.UU. son ciudadanos de este país, independientemente de la ciudadanía de sus padres.

Después de la Guerra Civil(1861-1865) y la Proclamación de Emancipación de los esclavos(1863), la Decimocuarta Enmienda reiteró el principio de la ciudadanía constitucional que había sido temporalmente suprimido por el Tribunal Supremo: la decisión “Dred Scott” negaba la ciudadanía a los hijos de los esclavos nacidos en Estados Unidos.

Desde entonces, el Tribunal Supremo ha declarado reiteradamente el derecho constitucional a la ciudadanía. Sin embargo, a través del tiempo, varios proyectos de ley se han introducido para negar la ciudadanía americana a los niños cuyos padres están en los EE.UU. con visas temporales o sin autorización de permanencia en el país.

A medida que los grupos restriccionistas y algunos legisladores entre quienes se cuentan los representantes de Tennessee, continuan en sus intentos de restringir o revocar la ciudadanía constitucional, el Centro de Política sobre Inmigración señala que en estas circunstancias, “es importante recordar que eliminando la ciudadanía constitucional sería poco práctico, caro, no detendría la inmigración ilegal y sobre todo, sería inconstitucional.”

Nashville Dreamer get her deportation stopped


Dear Friends,

I’m writing you because I want to thank all of you for your support over the past six months.  As you may know, I’ve lived in Tennessee since I was 11 years old.  But last May I was arrested while driving home from church and I’ve been fighting deportation ever since.  I have some very exciting news to share today: because of our hard work together, my deportation has been officially cancelled! 

This Thanksgiving I am grateful for you all! Thanks so much to each one of you for saving my dreams: to graduate high school and stay with my family. Together with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, J.U.M.P., Justice for Our Neighbors of Tennessee and United We Dream we made this happen. 

I will never have enough words to express my gratitude for everything that was done for me.  My life has changed completely. I learned so many things during this rough time: I learned that there are good people like you who care about others and I learned that when you feel most alone there are people who will give you a hand, even when you least expect it.

Unfortunately, families are still being separated.  I know that injustice like this continues.  Please continue to support us as we make sure that other Tennessee students have the opportunity to stay with their families and as we demand that President Obama stop these deportations.  Let’s keep fighting together!

 God bless you,

Mercedes Gonzalez

SWAT arrested suspected rapist and robber


(foto: Olbin Euceda)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Olbin Euceda is jailed this morning in lieu of $700,000 bond on eight counts of aggravated robbery, one count of child rape, one count of aggravated rape and one count of being a fugitive from justice (wanted for robbery in Alabama).  A federal immigration hold has also been placed against Euceda, as he is suspected of being illegally in the United States.

          South Precinct and SWAT officers arrested Euceda at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a parking lot on Nolensville Pike.  He was about to flee the state.

          Euceda, 26, was booked after midnight after being interviewed at the South Precinct.  During the interview, Euceda admitted to:

·        Robbing and sexually assaulting two women at their apartment in the Hickory Trace complex last Thursday;

·        Robbing four individuals at their apartment in the MapleCrest complex last Saturday;

·        Robbing a couple and sexually assaulting their eleven-year-old daughter at their apartment in the Overlook complex last Sunday;

·        Robbing three persons in their apartment at the Mission Stone Ridge complex on October 27th.

          Euceda is expected to face additional charges as the cases advance through the justice system.