Voices in Focus: Man Arrested While Waiting for Ambulance Faces Deportation

We found plenty of hard news this morning in the ethnic and community media:

* The family of an Argentinian man says that he was arrested on Long Island and placed in deportation proceedings while he waited for an ambulance after he collapsed with seizures, La Tribuna Hispana reported. The article, which did not include a response to the allegations from government authorities, describes how a Brentwood man, Claudio Molina, was waiting in a car outside a store for his wife and 4-year-old son when he collapsed after taking a medicine for diabetes. A store employee called 911 for an ambulance, La Tribuna Hispana reported.

Although the employee called for an ambulance three times, 30 minutes later no ambulance had arrived, but a Suffolk County police officer was at the scene. Instead of medical care, Molina was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and, by the time his family raised the money to bail him out, immigration authorities had detained him and transferred him to a prison in New Jersey, where he awaits deportation.

Family members and supporters held a vigil for Molina on April 23.

“Why would just one call to an ambulance lead to deportation?” asked Osman Canales, a local activist who is part of a student movement pushing for the DREAM act. “We need to keep this family together,” he added.

John Liu's 25-year-old campaign treasurer was indicted on Friday. (Photo from Facebook via DNAinfo)

* The grand jury indictment of Comptroller John Liu’s campaign treasurer, Jenny Hou, made headlines on Friday, in DNAinfo and elsewhere. The 25-year-old Hou stands accused of carrying out a scheme to use straw donors to channel contributions above the legal limit into Liu’s mayoral campaign. Investigators say that Hou “helped coach volunteers in forging signatures to cover up donors’ identities and even offered to personally reimburse one $500 donation with her own cash,” DNAinfo reported.

Liu’s campaign, which has been floundering since Hou’s arrest, defended Hou in a statement.

“As far as we can tell this just rehashes everything from months ago. John believes Jenny, and he believes in her. The allegations remain just that — unproven allegations,” his spokesman said in a statement.

* The Jewish Daily Forward delivered some encouraging news about race relations last week. Latinos generally think well of Jews, according to a survey conducted by the American Jewish Committee, though Latinos also reported limited contact with Jews.

A majority of Latinos held a positive view of Jews’ commitment to faith, family and social change, according to the survey, with 78 percent of respondents agreeing that Jews are committed to family life and 61 percent of respondents believed that Jews make positive cultural contributions to America.

* A group of Dominican business owners are trying to raise $1 million for the Congressional campaign of Adriano Espaillat before the June primary. They hope to increase the political clout of Dominicans, El Diario La Prensa reported.

“In Washington there are funds designed to help countries like Israel and Egypt. If we take a Dominican to Congress, we will have a voice that can speak out in favor of the Dominican Republic,” said [Rudy Fuentes, who represents Fine Fair supermermarkets].

Rosemarie Reyes (right, pictured with her family), was one of the children naturalized in a ceremony at the Bronx Zoo.(Photo by Candida Portuguese / EDLP)

* Lastly, another story in El Diario told of an unusual naturalization ceremony — 26 children aged between 3 and 13, born in 11 different countries, became U.S. citizens at the Bronx Zoo. El Diario interviewed some of the new Americans:

Lucas Mota, 11, wants to be a policeman: “I want to protect citizens here,” he said. Mota, who arrived five years ago, says he noticed the biggest difference between America and his homeland “is that people in the Dominican Republic are more out in the street.”

[Twelve-year-old Andy] Guzman wants to be a veterinarian — and hopefully will not have any problem achieving that since his grade point average is 94.5.

To Steven Mota, 10 the future is in construction. “I want to be a builder or architect to build houses.”

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