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IT'S ASIAN WISCONZINE'S
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VOL. XV NO. 10
OCTOBER 2019
Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
                  A Senate Hearing probe that reveals where justice stops
                                          (Part 2 of “Justice for Eileen and Allan”)
The law that almost enabled convicted rapist and murderer former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez to go
free due to “Good Conduct” is vague. This was the main gist of the discussions at the Philippines Senate’s
Blue Ribbon Committee Hearing on September 2. The law does not specifically exclude convicts of heinous
and drug-related crimes from its coverage. Also, there is no clear definition of “heinous” in the law itself.
Aside from this finding, the committee also discovered that freedom is for sale, a lucrative business in the
Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
                  A Senate Hearing probe that reveals where justice stops
                                          (Part 2 of “Justice for Eileen and Allan”)
The law that almost enabled convicted rapist and murderer former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez to go
free due to “Good Conduct” is vague. This was the main gist of the discussions at the Philippines Senate’s
Blue Ribbon Committee Hearing on September 2. The law does not specifically exclude convicts of heinous
and drug-related crimes from its coverage. Also, there is no clear definition of “heinous” in the law itself.
Aside from this finding, the committee also discovered that freedom is for sale, a lucrative business in the
Bureau of Corrections, encouraged and ongoing, primarily because of the “good conduct law.”

The present Bureau of Corrections head (who was formerly the Bureau of Customs chief when a multibillion drug smuggling was
discovered more than a year ago) admitted that he signed a “warrant for release” of some inmates, which included Sanchez. As a result of
the “good conduct law,” more than 2,000 inmates have been released, including convicted rapists, murderers, and Chinese drug lords. It
was clear that convicts’ sentences were cut short due to a computation of good conduct and “loyalty” done and approved at the Bureau of
Corrections, that drove people watching and listening to the hearing to think that something fishy is going on, that justice, after all, seems to
stop within the prison walls. To add insult to injury, a few days before this hearing, a records officer of the Bureau of Corrections (privy to
the official records of inmates) was slain by motorcycle-riding masked men. A senator even bluntly asked the Bureau of Corrections head,
how much would it cost to be included in the list of inmates with “good conduct”.

Personally, I thought I was watching a movie while I followed what’s going on with this case!

Because of public outcry on the forthcoming release from prison of Sanchez (who had seven counts of reclusion perpetua and who never
followed the court decision to indemnify the victims’ families), President Rodrigo Duterte announced that this convict cannot be freed.
However, many inmates with similar cases though not as celebrated, have been released, prompting legal folks to say that this question will
surely reach the Supreme Court, as the law is vague and subject to interpretations depending on who will or will not benefit from it.

I feel sorry that tons of money, time and effort were wasted by the government’s law enforcement folks just to apprehend and put criminals
to prison. It’s a mockery of justice to “empower” certain individuals to cut the criminals’ sentences short due to a questionable arithmetic
computation which we, the general public and electorate, don’t even know about. --
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Restoring the Rule of Law
Through a Fair, Humane, and
Workable Immigration System
Tom Jawetz
PART 2 OF 2

Continued legislative inertia leaves only two flawed options

The current U.S. immigration system is fundamentally unable to
operate on its own terms. It has long depended on the extralegal
immigration system continuing to exist and be tolerated, on
workarounds and safety valves. In the absence of substantial legislative
reforms to this system, there are only two options left, both of which
are deeply flawed: counting on discretion alone to save the system, or
maximizing enforcement and disappearing discretion.

Counting on discretion alone to save the system from itself
As with any enforcement system, prosecutorial discretion exercised in
both individual instances and across categories of cases to reflect
shifting priorities has long played an important role in the
administration of U.S. immigration law. But in the face of protracted
congressional inaction to address major deficiencies in the immigration
system, the Obama administration made significant use of discretion—
particularly in its latter years—by adopting a series of policies to
rationalize the safety valves and workarounds and, in some instances, to
create new workarounds for intractable challenges.--
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OUTSTANDING ASIAN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATES IN THE MADISON AREA
By Jonathan Gramling
Part 3
MEMORIALHIGH SCHOOL
*Caitlyn Se has added an artistic flair to her scientific drive for academic excellence
at Memorial High. Caitlyn was active in the Art and Animation clubs. She competed
in cross country and has been a student activist. During her free time, Caitlyn enjoys
volunteering in the Madison Children’s Museum’s art studio, working on arts and crafts
with kids. Caitlyn has won a gold medal for drawing an illustration in the National
Scholastic Art and Writing Contest in 2017 and 2018. Caitlyn will be studying biology
at UW-Madison this fall.
*Sitting on the high honor roll with a 4.0 GPA,
Ruchi Shah has brought a competitive
spirit to her academic game at Memorial High. Ruchi competed on the girls’ tennis
team and on the math team. She worked on the Sword & Shield newspaper and
honed her leadership skills as the secretary of student government. Ruchi served
others through the Memorial Student Support Foundation and Spartan Youth
Service. Ruchi had her eye on the health field, being active in Health Occupation
Students of America and putting in around 120 hours volunteering at St. Mary’s
Hospital. She also attended the WI Health Career Camp and was a math instructor for
Mathasium. Ruchi’s excellence earned her a UW Health Atrium Clinic Scholarship,
which she will use to study biology at UW-Madison this fall.
*A National Honor Society,
Michelle Shou has kept her mind on the business of
academic excellence at Memorial High. Michelle competed with Future Business
Leaders of America and took first place in accounting and third in accounting II at
the state meet. She was equally competitive in Health Occupation Students of
America where she twice placed first in medical innovations at the state HOSA meet.
She also competed in forensics and on the math team and the tennis team. Michelle
was active with the school newspaper and reached out to others through tutoring and
Spartan Youth Service. In her free time, Michelle volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital
and with the streaming website Viki by providing translations and subtitles. Michelle is
a National Merit Scholarship finalist who will study computer science at Cornell
University this fall. --
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Overview:
Policymakers must break free of the false
dichotomy of America as either a nation of
immigrants or a nation of laws, and advance an
immigration system that is fair, humane, and
actually works.
9 LGBTQ Faith
Leaders to
Watch in 2019
By Emily London,
Maggie Siddiqi, and
Luke Wallis
The past year has posed significant challenges for many LGBTQ
members of faith communities. For example, a recent vote in the United
Methodist Church strengthened its ban on marriage for same-sex
couples and LGBTQ clergy, leaving many LGBTQ United Methodists
feeling discouraged and isolated. Meanwhile, the Trump administration
is actively stripping away nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ
people. The administration often justifies these actions under the flimsy
guise of religious liberty, arguing that religious traditions are a valid
excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people, further erasing the
experiences of LGBTQ people of faith..  --
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SEVERAL ASIAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS RECEIVE NATIONAL
SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNMATCHED ACHIEVEMENTS
Cynthia Chen to be awarded $50,000,
William Wang, Madeleine Yang to each be awarded $25,000, and
Evan Hu, Brian Wu, Daniel Zhu to each be awarded $10,000
as a 2019 Davidson Fellow Scholarship Winners
APIAVote Intern Spotlight: Rose Hoang
Meet Rose, a member of our
2019 Summer Intern Class
Rose Hoang, who is part of our 2019 Summer Intern
cohort. Rose is a rising Junior from the University of
California Santa Barbara (UCSB) who is pursuing a
Bachelors degree in International/Global Studies and
Asian-American Studies. During her time here, she has
helped us stay up-to-date on news within our community
and is currently working on our upcoming youth
ambassador summit! Read on to see more about what
brought her to APIAVote and what she does in her spare
time.
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State and Local
Governments Opt Out of
Immigrant Detention
By Lora Adams
The number of immigrants detained in the United States has increased nearly every
year for 25 years, ballooning from roughly 6,700 people in 1994 to nearly 53,000
this July. Though detention has expanded steadily throughout the decades, the
current administration boasts the sharpest increases
.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency tasked with
overseeing and implementing policies related to immigration detention, contracts
out a large portion of its detention capacity to state and local governments; in fact,
the majority of ICE detention facilities are contracted through intergovernmental
service agreements (IGSAs) with localities. And because local governments can
then subcontract with private prison companies to operate these detention
facilities and, sometimes, their own local jails that also hold civil immigration
detainees, this process allows ICE to circumvent the usual and more rigorous
federal bidding and contracting procedures required to contract with private
companies directly. --
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Reno, Nev. – The Davidson Institute for Talent Development has announced the
2019 Davidson Fellows Scholarship winners. Among the honorees are six Asian-
American students, Cynthia Chen, 17, of Cupertino, Calif.; William Wang, 17, of
Tulsa, Okla.; Madeleine Yang, 17, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Evan Hu, 17, and
Daniel Zhu, 17, of Potomac, Md.; and Brian Wu, 17, of Scarsdale, N.Y. Only 20
students across the country are recognized as scholarship winners each year.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be named a 2019 Davidson Fellow,” said Chen.
“Receiving this award means a lot to me, and I am extremely grateful to the
Davidson Institute for their support of my academic and scientific pursuits.”
Chen’s research is an important first step towards a better understanding of deep
learning models that are used in cancer research. The computational pipeline she
developed not only provides a novel framework for decoding sequence-based deep
neural networks but also identifies the genetic signatures of multiple types of
cancers. Chen’s work could help reduce the time and cost of developing more
effective and targeted cancer treatments for patients. --
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Coalition for a People's Sheriff Responds to
Confirmation of Griselda Aldrete as Fire &
Police Commission Director
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — Last July, the Milwaukee Common
Council confirmed Griselda Aldrete as Executive Director the
Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission by a 10-1 vote with 3
abstentions. Prior to the vote, members of the Coalition for a People's
Sheriff spoke during a public hearing to urge the Council to delay a
decision on Ms. Aldrete's confirmation until after the August recess,
so community members and organizations could have more time to
meet with her and so the public could learn her positions on specific
issues that affect communities of color. Prior to Ms. Aldrete's
confirmation, a motion to delay the vote failed by a 5-7 margin with 2
abstentions, with Ald. Bauman, Ald. Coggs, Ald. Rainey, Ald. Zielinski,
and Ald. Stamper voting to delay the vote. --
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Public Health Community Commends Governor Evers Order to Address Lead Crisis
NEWS NEWS NEWS
(Kimberly, WI) – July 31, 2019 – The Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) and the Wisconsin
Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) commend Governor Tony Evers on
signing Executive Order #36, which takes a significant step toward managing and solving Wisconsin’s lead
crisis.

As Governor Evers identified in the executive order, Wisconsin faces dangerous levels of lead due to water
service lines and paint in older homes. Over 176,000 lead service lines still provide water to homes and
schools, and it is estimated that more than 350,000 older homes throughout the state may be contaminated
with lead paint.

Exposure to lead is especially dangerous to children. Lead poisoning can negatively affect nearly every organ
in a child’s body. It is essential that the state address this serious public health crisis. --
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