Monthly Archives: May 2018

Volatility gripped Wall Street on Tuesday.

The Dow plunged more than 392 points, or 1.6%, on fears about political turmoil in Italy and renewed trade uncertainty between the United States and China. It was the worst day for the Dow since April 24.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq slipped 1.1% and 0.5% apiece.

Italy is headed for new elections, and investors worry the result could throw the European Union into turmoil. Investors soured on Italy’s debt, demanding higher yields in return for taking on added risk.

The tension in Italy spread to US markets. In Wall Street’s worst-case scenario, Italy, the third-largest economy in the European bloc, would vote to leave the euro.

“It’s got the earmarks of a disgruntled Italy,” said Arthur Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR. “We’ve gotten to the point now where it’s catching people’s attention.”

The White House also announced Tuesday that it would impose 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of goods from China and place new limits on Chinese investments in the United States. The move caught investors by surprise. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a trade war with China was “on hold” less than 10 days ago.

Signs of alarm showed up across the market on Tuesday.

The VIX , Wall Street’s fear gauge, spiked nearly 31% to its highest level since May 4. CNNMoney’s Fear & Greed Index pushed into fear territory. A week ago, the index was flashing greed.

Investors rushed to safety in bonds. The yield on the 10-year US Treasury fell sharply to 2.77%. Yields move in the opposite direction of prices.

Last month, the 10-year yield crossed 3% for the first time since 2014. Longer-term yields have been climbing steadily as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. Higher rates dent the value of bonds’ fixed payouts.

The bond rally drove a steep bank selloff. Falling yields can make it harder for banks to make money on the interest they charge for loans.

JPMorgan Chase dropped 4%, while American Express  and Goldman Sachs lost 3% to drag the Dow lower. Morgan Stanley  and State Street were the worst performers on the S&P 500.

As yields fell, investors headed to higher-dividend stocks such as utilities and real estate.

Coca-Cola was the only company on the Dow to finish the day ahead The Dow Jones Utilities Average closed up too.

“It’s a typical risk-off kind of day,” Hogan said.

Meanwhile, a drop in oil prices put pressure on energy stocks.

Oil prices have slumped around 10% since Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Friday that Saudi-led OPEC and Russia would pump more oil. US crude dipped 1.6% to a little below $67 a barrel.

WASHINGTON-AP — A senior House Republican briefed by the FBI on its Russia probe is disputing President Donald Trump’s allegation that the agency spied on his 2016 campaign for political purposes.

Rep. Trey Gowdy told “CBS This Morning” and Fox News there is no evidence of FBI misconduct or that the agency planted a “spy” in Trump’s campaign. His statements appeared to contradict the president, who has said the FBI planted a “spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win.”

Gowdy told Fox on Tuesday that after receiving classified briefing on the subject “I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do” in acting on information.

Lawmakers demanded the briefing following reports that a government informant approached Trump campaign officials.

 

La administración del presidente Donald Trump reconoció la semana pasada ante el Congreso haber perdido el seguimiento de por lo menos 1,475 niños migrantes, oficialmente llamados “Unacompanied Children (UAC), que habían llegado solos a la frontera y entregados con patrocinadores adultos en los Estados Unidos. 

Se trata de una cifra preliminar, toda vez que el número fue estimado de una encuesta de 7,000 casos de menores de edad no acompañados que llegaron a la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México, quedaron bajo custodia oficial, fueron asignados primero al Departamento de Salud (HHS), y después enviados a hogares patrocinadores por decisión de la Oficina de Reubicación de Refugiados (ORR). 

De acuerdo con estadísticas oficiales, la mayoría (más del 80%) de los hogares que reciben a los niños corresponden a familiares cercanos, incluso padres. Es posible que algunos adultos no hayan respondido a la encuesta por temor a perder la custodia de los menores, por lo que no necesariamente los niños están desaparecidos o en riesgo inminente.  El resto de los casos corresponde a hogares sin vinculación con el menor. 

El HHS entregó el año fiscal 2017 a unos 40,000 menores migrantes no acompañados a hogares patrocinadores. Así hayan sido entregados a familiares o no, resulta francamente inaceptable que el gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos no use los recursos a su alcance para encontrar a esos menores de edad, así sea tocando la puerta de todos y cada uno de los hogares que recibieron la custodia de los niños.  

EL HHS sostiene que no tiene responsabilidad legal de dar seguimiento a los casos una vez que son asignados. Una sociedad mide su autoridad moral de muchas maneras, pero una de las más importantes es la forma en la que sus instituciones tratan a los más vulnerables entre nosotros. Y no hay duda de que a esa categoría corresponden los menores de edad, especialmente, aquellos que viajan solos. 

Desafortunadamente la administración Trump ha decidido que la mejor estrategia para reducir el reciente incremento de inmigrantes centroamericanos a los Estados Unidos es a través de la criminalización del fenómeno migratorio, as través de la nueva política de “tolerancia cero” anunciada por el procurador general Jeff Sessions. 

No sólo los inmigrantes cargan el peso de llegar a los Estados Unidos huyendo de la violencia, las pandillas y la pobreza, o todo lo anterior, sino ahora enfrentarán cargos criminales en los Estados Unidos. Por si fuera poco, en el caso de las familias migrantes, pende la amenaza de las autoridades estadounidenses de separar a los menores de sus padres. 

Tiene razón el legislador Adriano Espaillat cuando afirma que esta es una crisis de derechos humanos. ¿Dónde están los niños? ¿Cómo están los niños? La respuesta deberíamos saberla todos, la sociedad, el Congreso, el sistema interamericano de derechos humanos, las Naciones Unidas. Se trata de una obligación moral ineludible para todos.

Por José López Zamorano

Para más información visita www.laredhispana.com

 

El Centro Legal Transgénero (TLC), Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement y la Organización de Trans Latinas en Texas (OLTT) están de luto por la muerte de otra mujer transgénero que murió bajo custodia de ICE en la cárcel correccional Cibola. La Sra. Hernández, una mujer transgénero de Honduras, tenía solo 33 años cuando murió mientras estaba encarcelada por inmigración. Aunque fue procesada en los Estados Unidos el 13 de mayo de 2018, no está claro dónde y en qué condiciones la Sra. Hernández estuvo detenida durante los cinco días que permaneció bajo custodia hasta que la transfirieron a ICE. Se ha informado en repetidas ocasiones que los solicitantes de asilo en la frontera permanecen recluidos en celdas de congelación (a menudo llamadas “hieleras”) durante días. La Sra. Hernández murió de complicaciones con neumonía.

“Sumado con el abuso que sabemos que las personas transgénero sufren frecuentemente bajo ICE, ellos envían el mensaje a las personas transgénero que son desechables y no merecen dignidad, seguridad o mantenerse con vida”, dijo Isa Noyola, Directora de El Centro Legal Transgénero.

“En un momento en que estamos sufriendo los asesinatos de mujeres transgénero de color, es inconcebible que una mujer transgénero muera, dentro del centro de detención Cibola ICE. La comunidad, ahora más que nunca, necesita organizarse para proteger a nuestras mujeres más vulnerables, en particular las inmigrantes transgénero que están rodeadas de violencia a diario “.

“Es alarmante que las comunidades transgénero continúen enfrentando la violencia transfóbica dentro y fuera de los centros de detenciones”, dice Flor Bermudez, Directora Legal de el Centro Legal Transgénero. “Es por eso que el programa TIDE de TLC ha organizado para exigir por la libertad de mujeres transgénero de la detención y un fin a toda la detención y deportación

ICE ha demostrado una y otra vez que es incapaz de proteger a las mujeres trans en la detención. Las personas transgénero no deberían ser detenidas por ICE, en absoluto.”

“Hemos estado exigiendo la liberación de nuestras comunidades transgénero detenidas en los centros de detención de ICE debido a la violencia física y brutal que sufren por parte de los guardias y otros detenidos”, dijo Jorge Gutiérrez, Director Ejecutivo de Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.

“En un momento en el que estamos de luto por los asesinatos de mujeres transgénero de color, lamentamos el asesinato de Claudia Patricia Gómez González por parte de la Patrulla Fronteriza en la frontera entre Texas y México, es inconcebible que una mujer transgénero muera a manos de ICE en la cárcel de Cibola en la detención de inmigrantes trans. La comunidad, ahora más que nunca, necesita organizarse para proteger a las personas más vulnerables, en particular las inmigrantes transgénero que están rodeadas de violencia a diario,” agregó Anandrea Molina, Presidenta de la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas.

Inmigrantes transgénero a menudo solicitan asilo, retención de expulsión o protección en bajo la Convención contra la Tortura debido a la violencia, la violación sexual y la tortura que han experimentado en sus países de origen debido a su identidad o expresión de género. Sin embargo, una vez dentro de los Estados Unidos, los inmigrantes transgénero pueden enfrentar riesgos similares, así como la criminalización, ya que son perseguidos y hostigados por la policía o detenidas en donde enfrentan la violencia, discriminación e incapacidad para acceder a la atención médica, todos los cuales pueden conducir a consecuencias nefastas.

Es por ello que TLC, Familia: TQLM y OLTT exigen:

  1. ICE debe de implementar de inmediato una política contra la detención de personas transgénero. DHS no puede continuar el encarcelamiento de inmigrantes transgénero en condiciones de detención deplorables e inhumanas y desperdiciando millones de dólares deteniendo a una población vulnerable que es mayoritariamente elegible para recibir protección.
  2. DHS debe ejercer discreción y libertad condicional a todos los inmigrantes indocumentados LGBTQ y aquellos con condiciones médicas que amenazan sus vidas.
  3. Retirar los fondos Y desmantelar a ICE y la Patrulla Fronteriza.

Read this release online in English: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/14287. En español: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/14288.

 

President Trump over the weekend falsely blamed Democrats for a “horrible law” separating immigrant children from their parents. In fact, his own administration had just announced this policy earlier this month.

By: AP

His comments followed days of growing alarm that federal authorities have lost track of more than 1,000 immigrant children, mostly from Central America, giving rise to hashtags like #WhereAreTheChildren and claims that children are being ripped from their parents’ arms at the border and then being lost.

But the president is not the only one spreading wrong information. Across social media, there have been confusing reports of what happened to these immigrant children. Here are some answers.

A top official at the US Department of Health and Human Services on Monday called reports that the agency has lost nearly 1,500 immigrant children false and misleading.

The children are not lost, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan said in a statement. Their sponsors simply have not responded to follow-up calls from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the HHS department that oversees the care of unaccompanied alien or minor children.

The agency was under no obligation to make the 30-day follow-up calls to ensure that the children and their sponsors needed no additional services, he said. Now, this voluntary action is being used to confuse and spread misinformation, he said.

“This is a classic example of the adage ‘No good deed goes unpunished,'” he said, offering a possible explanation.

“While there are many possible reasons for this, in many cases sponsors cannot be reached because they themselves are illegal aliens and do not want to be reached by federal authorities,” he continued.

“This is the core of this issue: In many cases, HHS has been put in the position of placing illegal aliens with the individuals who helped arrange for them to enter the country illegally. This makes the immediate crisis worse and creates a perverse incentive for further violation of federal immigration law.”

So continues the back and forth over who’s responsible for the unaccounted children.

The information came to light in a Senate subcommittee meeting in April. A top HHS official testified that ORR was “unable to determine with certainty” the whereabouts of 20% of undocumented minors that it had placed in the homes of sponsors. Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary for Children and Families, which is part of HHS, disclosed the number while discussing the state of ORR.

His statement came under renewed scrutiny amid reports that immigrant children are being separated from their parents at the US border. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has defended the policy, saying that similar separations happen in the US “every day.” But Nielsen agreed with senators that more must be done to protect the children who either come to the US without their parents or are separated from them.

After staying in an ORR shelter, most children are placed with sponsors they have close ties to — typically a parent or close relative, sometimes with non-relatives, Wagner testified.

At that point, “ORR is not legally responsible for children after they are released from ORR care,” he said. ORR would need more resources in order to continue being legally responsible for the children, he added.

The claims have done little to quell critics accusing HSS and ORR of neglecting their duty to the children. On Monday, Wagner fired back, saying that the Unaccompanied Alien Children program is being abused at the expense of American taxpayers.

“It was never intended to be a foster care system with more than 10,000 children in custody at an immediate cost to the federal taxpayer of over one billion dollars per year.”

Hargan echoed the sentiment.

“The tracking of UAC after release is just one of the recent headlines that focus on the symptoms of our broken immigration system while ignoring its fundamental flaws. President Trump’s administration has been calling on Congress to put an end to dangerous loopholes in US immigration laws like the practice of ‘catch and release,’ in which federal authorities release illegal immigrants to await hearings for which few show up,” Hargan said.

In the worst cases, these loopholes are being exploited by human traffickers and violent gangs like MS-13. Until these laws are fixed, the American taxpayer is paying the bill for costly programs that aggravate the problem and put children in dangerous situations.”

 

 

President Trump on Tuesday said that the ongoing special counsel’s Russia investigation would amount to “MEDDLING” in this year’s midterm elections, his latest effort to cast the probe as motivated by partisan aims.

“The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls,” Trump wrote on Twitter, adding: “There was no Collusion, except by the Democrats!”

In a series of morning tweets, Trump sought to turn the tables on an investigation that began as an attempt to uncover Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination between the Russians and Trump’s campaign.

The probe, which recently marked its first anniversay, is headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, a longtime Republican, and overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, a Republican and a Trump appointee. The president has seized on the fact that some of the lawyers working on the investigation have donated to Democratic candidates in the past.

In a second tweet Tuesday, Trump said the special counsel’s team should instead be investigating the campaign of his Democratic opponent, whom he described a “totally Crooked Hillary Clinton.”

“Why aren’t the 13 Angry and heavily conflicted Democrats investigating the totally Crooked Campaign of totally Crooked Hillary Clinton,” Trump wrote. “It’s a Rigged Witch Hunt, that’s why! Ask them if they enjoyed her after election celebration!”

Republicans risk losing control of the House and possibly Senate in this year’s midterm elections, as Democrats feel emboldened by Trump’s unpopularity.

Numerous polls this year have showed Democrats holding a significant lead on generic ballot questions regarding Congress. Several more recent polls have showed that margin narrowing.

In a third tweet, Trump suggested the Russia probe was taking away some of his focus on other issues confronting the country, including trade deals and the effort to denuclearize North Korea.

“Sorry, I’ve got to start focusing my energy on North Korea Nuclear, bad Trade Deals, VA Choice, the Economy, rebuilding the Military, and so much more, and not on the Rigged Russia Witch Hunt that should be investigating Clinton/Russia/FBI/Justice/Obama/Comey/Lynch etc.” the president wrote.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro meets with U.S. Senator Bob Corker at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela May 25, 2018. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with U.S. Senator Bob Corker on Friday, the socialist-led government said, less than a week after Maduro was re-elected to a six-year term in a vote the United States did not recognize.

The election prompted a further deterioration in relations between the two countries. The United States responded to the vote, which it called undemocratic, with additional sanctions, prompting Venezuela to expel the top two U.S. diplomats posted in Caracas. The United States responded with a similar move.

“It was a very good meeting, it is good news for the Venezuelan people,” Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez told reporters, without providing details of what the officials discussed.

State television images showed Maduro and Corker, a Tennessee Republican and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shaking hands in the Miraflores presidential palace, though neither offered statements to the media.

U.S. lawmakers have previously held discussions with Venezuelan officials on the release of Josh Holt, a U.S. citizen and Mormon missionary from Utah imprisoned in the South American country since 2016 on weapons charges. U.S. officials say Venezuela is using Holt as a bargaining chip in sanctions talks

Venezuela’s economy is experiencing a fifth year of contraction, with hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicines prompting mass emigration. The United States has sanctioned individuals linked to Maduro in recent months, accusing them of corruption.

Maduro frequently accuses Washington of conspiring to overthrow his government and seize control of the OPEC member’s oil reserves, the largest in the world, and has said the United States’ “economic war” is to blame for the country’s woes.

Moon Jae-in y Kim Jong-un tuvieron un encuentro secreto en la frontera, informó Seúl en un comunicado

Por: AP

El líder de Corea del Norte, Kim Jong Un, y el presidente de Corea del Sur, Moon Jae-in, se reunieron por segunda vez en un mes para analizar los compromisos de paz que alcanzaron en su primera cumbre y la posible reunión de Kim con el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, informó el sábado la oficina presidencial surcoreana.

Agregó que Moon anunciará personalmente el domingo el resultado de la cumbre sostenida horas antes con Kim.

El encuentro cumbre, en una aldea fronteriza, ocurrió horas después de que Corea del Sur expresara un alivio cauteloso ante la posibilidad de que sí se lleven a cabo las planeadas conversaciones entre Trump y Kim, luego de 24 horas turbulentas en las que el mandatario estadounidense canceló la tan esperada reunión antes de decir que al final sí podría realizarse.

La oficina presidencial en Seúl emitió el comunicado horas después de que Trump recibiera con beneplácito la respuesta conciliatoria de Pyongyang a su carta del jueves en la que se retiraba de la cumbre con Kim, y dijo que la reunión pudiera estar encarrilándose de nuevo. Posteriormente Trump tuiteó el sábado que la cumbre, si se realiza, probablemente se efectuará el 12 de junio en Singapur como se había planeado.

“Consideramos afortunado que las brasas del diálogo entre Corea del Norte y Estados Unidos no se apagaran del todo y estén reanimándose de nuevo”, dijo Kim Eui-kyeom, portavoz presidencial de Seúl, en un comunicado. “Seguimos con atención los sucesos”.

Corea del Sur, que promovió las conversaciones entre Washington y Pyongyang, fue tomada por sorpresa por la abrupta cancelación que hizo Trump de la cumbre, bajo el argumento de hostilidad en los comentarios norcoreanos más recientes.

Moon y Kim sostuvieron una cumbre histórica en abril en la que anunciaron aspiraciones vagas a que la península esté libre de armas nucleares y tenga paz permanente, algo que Seúl ha intentado promocionar como un avance significativo con el fin de preparar el terreno para la cumbre con Trump.

 

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that it found the body of missing mother Selena Hidalgo-Calderon in Sodus, and her boyfriend has been charged in connection to the case.

Police are still searching for Hidalgo-Calderon’s 14-month-old son Owen Hidalgo-Calderon.

Hidalgo-Calderon’s body was located in a bag in the woods Wednesday behind a farm on Joy Road where it was believed Hidalgo-Calderon worked. Alberto “Ebavardo Gutierrez” Reyes, Hidalgo-Calderon’s boyfriend, was charged with tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony.

Hidalgo-Calderon, 18, and Owen went missing more than a week ago. Hidalgo-Calderon was last seen on May 16, on Joy Road in Sodus, deputies said. She and her son were together, according to police.

When deputies found Hidalgo-Calderon’s body, it was badly decomposed and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office had to identify the body, Sheriff Barry Virts said. Police are still awaiting an official cause of death.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced that it found the body of missing mother Selena Hidalgo-Calderon in Sodus, and her boyfriend has been charged in connection to the case. The search continues for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon. Will Cleveland, Virginia Butler

Reyes, who is from Mexico, admitted to removing the body from the couple’s shared home on the farm and burying it between two logs, according to Virts. Police found Reyes on a farm in York, Livingston County.

“We believe (Hidalgo-Calderon) was murdered at the home,” Virts said. “It is beyond my realm of reasoning why someone would be killed and why a small infant is still missing. I can’t explain it. I don’t know how rational people can explain it.”

Reyes would not answer questions about Owen’s whereabouts, Virts said.

Reyes was arraigned in Sodus Town Court and remanded to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to court at 1 p.m. on May 29 for a preliminary hearing.

Hidalgo-Calderon, who was from Guatemala and speaks little English, has lived in the U.S. since November 2016, said Rebecca Fuentes of the Workers’ Center of Central New York, who, along with Calderon’s family, held a news conference Wednesday in Sodus asking for help in finding the missing mother and her son.

“It is very difficult to engage our Hispanic community, because they are afraid,” Virts said. “And I don’t want them to be afraid of my deputies or the Sheriff’s Office.”

He said he doesn’t care if the victim of a crime is in this country legally or illegally. “We will fight for you,” Virts said.

“My daughter and my grandson were my life, she was my first born and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone,” Estela Calderon, Hidalgo-Calderon’s mother, said in a statement through the Workers’ Center of Central New York.

Calderon, reported her daughter and grandson missing on Sunday, three days after last texting with Hidalgo-Calderon. The two typically communicate at the end of each day, Calderon said.

Hidalgo-Calderon was in the process of being deported and her family was in the process of applying for asylum, Fuentes said. Hidalgo-Calderon had been making all of her court dates, which were in the Buffalo area, Fuentes said. Her next court appearance was scheduled for June 5.

Hidalgo-Calderon has lived in the Sodus area for the last three months with Reyes, 25, who she met while working at an area farm, Fuentes said. The pair have lived together since November 2017.

Her family believed that mother and son were with Reyes.

Owen is about 2 feet tall and weighs around 30 pounds. Fuentes said Owen is currently bald. The boy also has asthma.

The search for Owen will continue Friday on the Joy Road farm.

Virts said deputies initially responded to a home at 5742 S. Geneva Road in Sodus early Sunday after receiving a call to 911 to check the welfare of Hidalgo-Calderon.

No one answered the door and deputies saw no activity at the home.

Later Sunday, deputies received information that Hidalgo-Calderon and Owen lived at a residence at 5655 Joy Road. Again, deputies responded and found no one home. Reyes also lived at the home at the Joy Road farm.

They had lived at the home for about three weeks, Virts said, and worked at the Joy Road farm.

At this point, deputies started a missing persons investigation, Virts said. Investigators began checking the immediate area and conducting interviews.

Monday morning, divers checked a pond at the farm and police dogs searched the area, yielding negative results.

Virts said Owen went to day care while Hidalgo-Calderon worked. Owen wasn’t at day care on May 17 or May 18.

Deputies followed a lead to check a location in Attica, Wyoming County, but that was unsuccessful, Virts said.

On Tuesday, investigators went to the Elbridge and Owasco areas near Syracuse to interview family members. Authorities also checked train and bus stations in Syracuse, Rochester, and Geneva.

Family members told investigators that Hidalgo-Calderon and Reyes may have “run off because of their immigration status,” Virts said.

Virts reached out to “Hispanic advocates, seeking information on Selena and Owen’s whereabouts.” A search warrant was obtained for the Joy Road home and a Greece police cadaver dog “alerted” at the doorway of the home, Virts said.

Deputies saw a man checking his hunting trail cameras near the property. Footage from the cameras was reviewed, and Virts said Reyes was seen “in and out of the woods for a five-hour period carrying a shovel on Thursday, May 17.”

Investigators looked for Reyes in Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties. Grid searches began Wednesday, led by the New York State Forest Rangers, Virts said.

At 10:22 a.m. Wednesday, the body of a woman, later identified as Hidalgo-Calderon, was found between two logs near the home. It was covered by dirt and branches, Virts said. The body couldn’t be identified because of decomposition.

The body was removed by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office and an autopsy was conducted.

At 9:09 p.m. Wednesday, Reyes was taken into custody in York, Livingston County. With assistance from bilingual officers from the Rochester Police Department, deputies interviewed Reyes.

Virts said an Amber Alert wasn’t issued, because Owen was thought to be with Hidalgo-Calderon and they wanted to avoid “side noise” from the amount of tips that would likely come in.

“We wanted to concentrate on Reyes,” Virts said.

Virts said Hidalgo-Calderon “did seek shelter earlier this year for domestic violence issues.” However, he said they have no reports regarding Hidalgo-Calderon or Reyes with any law enforcement agency in Wayne County.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at tip@co.wayne.ny.us or by phone at (315) 946-9711. They can also reach out to the Worker’s Center of Central New York at (315) 657-6799.

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