U.S. Government Loses File and Deports a Legal Immigrant

U.S. Government Loses File and Deports a Legal ImmigrantIn July of 2007 I was sentenced to period of six months active incarceration in Virginia’s Pamunkey Regional Jail. Due to the fact that I was convicted of multiple felonies, I was housed in a medium high security wing of the jail. I spent my time with convicted drug dealers, thieves, rapist, murderers, and due to intense overcrowding illegal immigrants awaiting deportation.

Before my incarceration, my views on immigration were blunt, unyielding, and harsh. Most easily defined as “round them up, and ship them back”. In the past few months however I have learned to believe in exceptions. Only in extreme circumstances mind you, but exceptions nonetheless.

Louis Puentes Fernandez is just such an example. A mild mannered, small man, in his mid-forties. Mr. Fernandez is living a nightmare due to government bureaucracy. Known by the jailhouse nickname of ‘Chili’, Louis Fernandez immigrated to south western Virginia when he was a year old with his family. Granted permanent resident status, Chili, has spent his entire life in the United States. Upon graduating high school, he registered for selective service, and applied for United Stated citizenship. Traveling to Washington D.C, Louis Fernandez completed the citizenship exam and interview process. Passing both and being told that the government would send him a swearing in date, Mr. Fernandez returned home to wait. As weeks turned into months, Chili questioned the government on several occasions as to his legal status. Each time he was informed to simply wait. To be patient. That sometimes these matters can take some time. A date and time will be mailed to your home.

These are all facts so far that the government makes no effort to dispute. They admit that they made a mistake and lost Mr. Fernandez’s file. And yet for the past twenty one months they have tried repeatedly to deport him. The following is the reason why: Nearly six years after applying for citizenship, Louis Fernandez was convicted of a felony. In the United States, the government can initiate deportation proceedings against anyone who is a resident alien and commits a criminal act. Mr. Fernandez’s crime, although not violent or malicious in nature was still admittedly an illegal act. While working full time, Mr. Fernandez fell off of a telephone pole and injured his back. He subsequently became addicted to prescription medications. In April of 2000, he was arrested for buying prescription medications from an undercover police investigator.

Pleading guilty to drug charges, Chili fell under investigation by the immigration and naturalization service (INS). Because of his unorthodox circumstances, Mr. Fernandez fought his deportation based on two key factors. First, since the government failed in their responsibility to fulfill his application procedure, Mr. Fernandez should have already been a full United States citizen by the time he committed his crime and therefore immune from deportation proceedings. In this defense, Chili sought to have his citizenship backdated to six months after he had completed the application and interview process.

His second defense was based on the hardship that deportation would cause. Having lived his entire life in the United States, Mr. Fernandez speaks very limited Spanish, and has children and a grandchild in Virginia. With very limited knowledge of Chili, and with no known relatives outside of this country, Mr. Fernandez would be forced into a life of poverty and despair if deported.

At his first deportation hearing, the courts ruled in favor of Mr. Fernandez. The United States immediately appealed the ruling and on appeal, Chili, was ordered to be deported. The courts ruled that although Chili was not allowed to become a citizen as he should have that if he had not committed a crime he would never have been in such a situation. In January of 2007, Mr. Fernandez took his fight to the United States fourth circuit court of appeals. Realistically this was Mr. Fernandez’s last opportunity to remain in the country. Unfortunately very few people can win against the government. The simple fact is that in order for Chili to stand a chance the government had to take responsibility for making a mistake and correct themselves. That rarely happens.

On October 6, 2007 the United States fourth circuit court of appeals, ruled once again in favor of the government. On November 1, 2007 Louis (Chili) Fernandez was deported. Now all alone in a country he does not know, he tries to make a new life having been abandoned by the country he once felt apart of. All because the government is unwilling to correct a mistake they admittedly made.

Suzuki Vitara And A Toyota Truck: 1988 Toyota And A 2001 Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Vitara And A Toyota Truck: 1988 Toyota And A 2001 Suzuki Vitara

Question: Suzuki Vitara Hard Start

Hi Vince, I posed this question to you a while back but didn’t get a response; I assumed you’re pretty busy these days setting up.

The question involves my wife’s 2001 Suzuki Vitara 2 door which has developed a starting problem. It started out as an occasion intermittent problem, but now has developed solid. When the car is cold, it starts and runs fine. You can run all day if you like. But if you let the car sit and idle for a time it will stall, or if you shut it off, in either case the car won’t start. Let it sit for about 20 minutes it starts up fine.

I’ve taken it to the dealer and I think he has turned out to be a parts changer. He told my wife that the catalytic converter was bad. He said it was cherry red and a wonder that the car didn’t catch fire. I tried finding the problem with the vehicle myself and never was there an odor or any indications of excessive heat that I noticed. There was no ECM diagnostic either.

After the converter change out the car promptly did the same thing. It is now back at the dealership. He now says that he called the regional center and needs to replace the O2 sensor. Again no ECM codes? How can that be? And can the O2 sensor cause it to not start? I’ve never seen that in any other vehicles I’ve owned. He is waiting for a part to come in, I assume the O2 sensor, and I seriously doubt that it will cure the problem. I’ve read a few Blogs on the 2004 and the fuel regulator, and I changed that out with no help. Any insight?




Busy is not the word John, too much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it. But I’ll get it all done eventually, not to worry.

I think the red hot catalytic converter is a big clue. The only reason a catalytic convert gets red hot is when too much fuel is going through the engine. Simply replacing the converter without fixing the fuel problem will only burn out the new converter.

I would want to hook up a fuel pressure gauge to see what the fuel pump is doing. I would also want to make sure there aren’t any injectors hanging open. And you’re right, a bad O2 sensor will not keep it from starting.

Question: Old Reliable Needs New Paint

Hi Vincent: I have a 1988 Toyota truck which I don’t use every day, but only to do some shopping since I live in the country. My truck has been out and now it needs paint. Unfortunately the truck is red and I have already checked the price and it’s expensive to paint it. I was going to paint the camper but now it needs a lot more than that. Since I don’t have $2,000.00 to do it. Can you suggest me a site or where can I get info to paint it myself? I don’t want to use a can spray. Is there a place where I can buy something bigger than a can spray? I appreciate your feedback.

Thank you very much.


Anna Marie Menendez


Painting a vehicle is a pretty ambitious project. To do a decent job you’ll need to get some special equipment, most of which can be rented at a good rental supply house.

I found three books that will tell you what you need to know; how to paint and the equipment you will need.

Types Of Certifications Needed To Operate Cranes And Other Heavy Equipment, CDL Hazmat Practice Test

If you want to be able to operate cranes and other heavy equipment; you will need proper training and certification. This goes beyond having the license required to drive heavy trucks and commercial vehicles, a commercial driver’s license, class C. Obtaining this certification is not much of a hassle, as there are many schools which offer this training, with in house classes as well as through internet courses. Usually a high school diploma or equivalent will be required in order to apply for these courses.

The NAHETS, or the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools, is the main governing body concerning education in heavy equipment. Most of these schools offer both diploma and certificate programs, with the latter being the more popular of the two. There are many different courses available which cover different aspects of construction. This includes surveying and reading blueprints, as well as specific training for operating certain pieces of heavy equipment. Heavy equipment training includes operating cranes, bulldozers, excavators and other such machinery. The course will also cover following plans, basic safety measures and other necessary procedures.


The truth is that formal study is not entirely necessary if you want to operate heavy equipment. There are companies that hire newbies to start under the guidance of an experienced director, who will train them in how to operate such equipment. However, this can take a while, and finding such opportunities are hard to come by. When you have an official certificate, you are much more likely to receive a job, in fact, most schools guarantee job placement.

The most common certificate issued by the NAHETS is a national certification in the area of study that has been chosen, i.e. cranes. This certificate program covers all the necessary areas, and will include obtaining your CDL license, which will be needed in order to drive such machinery. You will have to undergo a written and practical test where you will demonstrate knowledge of the safety standards required, as well as demonstrate your ability to operate such equipment in a safe and professional manner.

Talking Translators

Talking Translators

Talking translators can order food, call the police, or ask for directions to the rest room so you don’t have to. (Actually, these translators are gadgets that enunciate phrases to you, so you can learn the right way to speak.) Either way, you’ll have a guten tag when you can speak the local language on your next overseas trip.

The Lingo 6 is one of the newest talking translators. It “speaks” English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese–which makes it more fluent than the average American. It can say 36,000 words (the average person uses about 2000) and 720 useful phrases. It weighs about 10 ounces, so you can slip it in your pocket and go mingle.

But it’s more than just a clever chatterbox. The Lingo 6 has a world clock with 200 cities for all your jet-setting needs, travel alarms, and a talking calculator–you won’t believe how much international travel comes out to be questions about price. Bring four AAA batteries and you’ll be speaking in tongues until you get home.


Talking Translators Make Saying Adios Hard to Do

The hardest part about international travel is the communication barrier; today’s technology makes it easier than ever. By using talking translators, you’ll fit right in with every country you visit–you’ll never want to leave. Make sure to bring one on your next trip and you’ll have a bon voyage.

Online Dictionaries

Online Dictionaries

One of the most popular internet-based reference services seems to be online dictionaries. Both free-access and subscription-based sites abound, offering people numerous options in many different languages. Translation dictionaries are also popular, and as translation services improve, the number of reliable translation sites seems to be growing as well.

Most online dictionaries offer visitors a variety of services, including a database of definitions, synonyms and antonyms, and in some cases, a pronunciation guide that may feature audio files of proper pronunciations. Quite a few online dictionaries, such as OneLook.com, are designed to utilize other web-based resources and offer visitors a collection of entries to browse through. In many cases, the individual entries are listed as links to their original source website.

Online Dictionaries with the Ease of Software Functionality

Other dictionaries use a slightly different approach. Babylon, a dictionary created by Babylon (a member of Formula Vision Technologies), offers online translations and dictionary services via a downloadable software program. The Babylon program allows users to search through hundreds of customized glossaries and translation databases to quickly find translations for any word, phrase, or idiom that may appear on the Internet or in any other document or program.

For example, the Babylon software program allows users to access online dictionaries in 13 different languages and easily search for the most accurate translation of any word or phrase. Once a word is selected from any onscreen document, Babylon can quickly produce a list of possible translations and re-translations, allowing users to select the entry that most closely suits the word in question. Babylon also includes grammar reference information and other corporate tools, such as centralized control over Babylon software for network administrators.

Who Killed the Electric Car? A Murder Mystery: Chris Paine's Documentary about the Death of Carbon Neutral Cars

Narrated by Martin Sheen, this all-star cast for Who Killed the Electric Car? begins at the funeral for the beautiful EV1 car, once made by GM. Despite protests, despite arrests of avid fans, despite air quality mandates in California, every EV1 was rounded up, confiscated and shredded. Who killed the car? Paine’s film takes a good, strong look at some of the primary suspects.

Hollywood Celebrity Fans of the Electric Car Have Bit Parts in the Movie

Several Hollywood stars appear in the film as advocates for the dearly departed electric car, including Ed Begely (Living with Ed), Phyllis Diller (comedian), Mel Gibson (Passions of the Christ), Peter Horton (Eight is Enough), Tom Hanks (film star) and Alexandra Paul (Baywatch). Some of the stars owned the GM EV1, some owned the Toyota RAV4, electric. One hundred years ago, there were more electric cars on the road than there were gas-powered cars. How did the nation get so interested in petroleum power that they would become dependent on foreign sources of the stuff to keep their machines on the move?

Not only does Paine use a generous serving of star power, but also a generous serving of executive and corporate power, too. The head of the California Air Resources Board, Alan Lloyd, Ph.D. (1999-2004) discusses why he capitulated with the automotive industry at a time they were mandated by California law to lower emissions in their vehicles. The Energy Advisor for former President Jimmy Carter discussed his view of the current problems and how President Carter worked with a viable energy plan, which was later abandoned, the solar panels were ripped off the White House, and the Reagan era began.

Where Did All the Electric Cars Go?

Edward Murphy, Ph.D., head of the American Petroleum Institute (API) discusses his perspective on the change away from electric cars. There is a common refrain, even from the GM executive, that there was not enough consumer interest to keep the car on the road and in production. Yet the avid owners of the car tried in vain to blockade the removal of the remaining cars from the GM lot, some even getting arrested in the protest. That does not really square with a lack of interest. And there were long waiting lists for the car. It evidently wasn’t these consumers that killed the car.


How about the Oil and Gas Industry? The Goverment? The Auto Industry? Lack of a good battery? Iris and Stanford Ovshinsky, named Heroes of Chemistry, 2000, had developed a viable battery that would not need recharging for 250 miles! Yet that battery was never used. The average person drives only 29 miles per day. Why was there no momentum to save us from pollution, dependence on foreign oil, expensive maintenance? Paine’s movie is thought provoking and well-done. Watch it to learn more about the current problems with oil, air quality, and national defense.

Translation Software

Translation Software

Translation software for a personal computer can be handy for people who frequently run into foreign texts that must be translated quickly. It is also essential for those attempting to learn a second language. Compared to a pocket translator, translation software is not portable, but is usually designed to handle more vocabulary, phrases, and idioms than a small portable device. There are many different types of translation software on the market.

The key to purchasing any kind of translation software is figuring out as precisely as possible your translation needs. Questions to ask include: What language combinations do I need? What does this software do? How precise must the translations be? Purchasing the wrong software can waste your time and precious money, when all you needed to do was a bit of research.

Types of Translation Software

Many different companies offer similar products for translating on a personal computer. First of all, users must understand that the text requiring translation must be digitized in the computer already. Written text can be read with an optical reader or sometimes scanned in. Secondly, no digital translator will give perfect translations. Grammar and words are often incorrect, but the translation will give a rough translation that allows basic understanding of the original text.

Some software is designed to make translating faster and consistent for users, sometimes recognizing repeated phrases for more speed. There is also software for less commonly spoken languages, as well as software that translates a large bundle of languages. Generally speaking, translation software with targeted language translation between fewer languages will offer more detailed translations and possibly more features.