The Trust Act made its way once more through the California Assembly yesterday by a final vote of 44-22. The legislation was vetoed late last year when it reached the desk of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. Supporters say the bill authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will limit deportations fueled b ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And can you call Mexican women tortas?
See the update at the end of this post with a response and new, altered logo from Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 30, 3:51 P.M.: Divisions within the immigrant rights movement are nothing new. Mega marchas in Los Angeles became fragmented over the years with different o ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why might a Mexican family hate a wealthy Mexi-and-white couple?
UPDATE, JUNE 9, 8:19 P.M. Gustavo here again. The priceless Elias--who's popping up in the comments below with English barely better than a wab--also has an Instagram photo of a Canyon High poster for Senior Spirit Week with the command for Wednesday being "Señores and Señoritas." It seems every d ... More >>
[Crossing the Line] The U.S. Supreme Court and President Barack Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience
A coalition of Orange County Dream Act advocates will hold the first-annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Forum at the University of California Irvine this Saturday. The forum consists of a series of workshops dedicated to educating immigrant high school students about how to apply for financial aid a ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And your last reminder to buy 'Taco USA' before Gustavo gets deported!
Young Noam with Mom and Dad I considered titling this week's review "Conservatism for Dummies" but that seemed unnecessarily cruel. As someone raised with your basic anti-social, self-hating, ahistorical so-called "conservative" values, I enjoy reminding myself and others of both my shame as ... More >>
A Hispanic business and community leader in Santa Ana has joined other Hispanics around the country in signing an open letter to Mitt Romney that essentially accuses the GOP presidential candidate of hypocritically running away from his Mexican heritage. "Our purpose here is to advise you that t ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans grovel to gabachos?
That crazy Barbara Coe is at it again! The aging cigarette that is the head of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform has been a bit quiet on her email blasts as of recent, preferring to send out stories that claim pedophilia is an acceptable part of Afghan culture with no comment. But t ... More >>
Supporters of a state initiative to repeal the California Dream Act Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last year announced today they failed to obtain the 500,000 signatures required to get a proposition on the ballot. See what happens when you have your Mexican gardener's wife distribute petit ... More >>
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Francisco Javier Bravo, one of the arrested OC DREAMers, sent out an email to friends explaining the reasoning behind the protest."Hello Family/Friend/Ally," his email began. "Today I will be risking arrest to bring attention to one of my very important issues."
Despite its reputation as a right wing political stronghold, Orange County of recent times has been a hotbed of progressive activism. You name the subject--war, gay rights, Islamophobia, corporate power, racism, animal rights and the environment--and local liberals have consistently hit the stree ... More >>
In July, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 130, a bill that gives undocumented students access to private financial aid.Now, activists are pushing to get AB131 -- a second bill that undocumented students call "the real California DREAM Act -- pulled from the Senate appropriations committee, whe ... More >>
Go for it, folks: I've been the boss of illegal immigrants before! Love me my DREAM Act students, as they're some of the most motivated, talented individuals I've ever encountered--and more than a few of them have journalism degrees, which has allowed me to have them help me in my various media e ... More >>
Having made a campaign pledge to do so, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California DREAM Act yesterday. Well, half of it.During a town hall meeting at Los Angeles City College, Brown signed AB 130, the part of the two-bill package that gives illegal immigrants who live in California and at ... More >>
For the Orange County Dream Team, fundraising is a drag -- or rather, it's done in drag. The political Ping-Pong continues, but the local advocacy group remains steadfast in its quest to get the DREAM Act passed. To keep afloat, they plan fundraisers, and next up is their "Dreaming in Drag" ... More >>
Jonathan Ho/OC WeeklyWith the fizzling of the DREAM Act last year and the belief that President Obama is doing little to help their plight, activist groups took matters into their own hands this week, boldly publishing a guide for youth on how not to get deported.Compiled by the Asian Law Caucus, ... More >>
Another hurdle cleared for illegal immigrant college students. On Wednesday, the state Assembly passed the second part of the California DREAM Act, a bill that would allow them to apply for state grants. The two-bill package was introduced by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), wh ... More >>
Lalo AlcarazImagine they are mohawks The DREAM Act is back in the news and a show this Friday in Fullerton featuring Resistant Culture will benefit the local efforts of the Orange County Dream Team. The federal legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who at ... More >>
It's a little confusing, but no less a victory for illegal immigrant college students. While the national DREAM Act, an immigration bill aimed at providing a path to citizenship for young people, died in the U.S. Senate--and possibly forever--last year, the California DREAM Act is very much alive ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why I will finally stop insulting Guatemalans!
The best-kept progressive secret in Orange County is Cal State Fullerton's annual Social Justice Summit, an all-day gathering of sessions, activists, movements, hippies, anarchists, Aztlanistas, non-H8ers, and everyone from the left to the Left. "The Social Justice Summit provides a forum for peo ... More >>
Here at your favorite infernal rag, we have long criticized Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for not having the, um, ovaries to support the DREAM Act, waiting until the tragic death of a DREAMer to co-sponsor the bill in Congress. Of course, we always hear it from Loretta apologists aghast that we c ... More >>
Headline: Senate Kills Immigration Bill Comment by BLUECITRUS: Let's clean this country up! Is this still the United States?Comment by DJMUNOZ: Fleas on your dog, oops I mean Feliz Navidad.Comment by FCPROP: This just proves the fact that we are shooting are self in the foot for generations if we ... More >>
My news story this week highlighted how Orange Countians have helped push the DREAM Act--which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented college students--to national prominence. One of them was Flavia de la Fuente, an Irvine native, UCLA's most-recent valedictorian, and currently in ... More >>
Godspeed, Lt. Choi.This morning will be known as the day the DREAM Act died in the U.S. Senate but "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was overturned there.By a bipartisan vote of 63 to 33, the Senate voted to end the debate on a bill that will allow President Barack Obama to overturn the Pentagon's ban on g ... More >>
The dream is over, possibly forever, possibly until some time after the 2012 election--if and when the political climate changes in Washington.Once again, the DREAM Act that would provide a path to citizenship for young people who were brought into the country by the undocumented failed to break ... More >>
From Santa Ana to Texas to Capitol Hill, OC residents prove among the most prominent advocates of the DREAM Act
As supporters of the DREAM Act furiously work the phones to try and get the bill passed in the Senate this week, nearly all keep the memory of Tam Ngoc Tran near to them. The Santiago High and Santa Ana College graduate was perhaps the nation's most prominent Dreamer--but she was tragically kille ... More >>
Huntington Beach Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Supported Taliban) has never been a fan of illegal immigration and has particularly hated the DREAM Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented college students and those illegals that, unlike Dana, served their country in the ... More >>
Update, December 9, 6:11 p.m.: The esteemed Surf City GOP Congressdude, Dana Rohrabacher, said on the House floor that the DREAM Act is unfair to "non-minorities."Oh no he diiiiiiiin't?!?Oh, yes. Yes he did. See the video and a passage from his debate after the jump . . .
Headline: Teen Shot in Hand During Argument with Two Other MenComment by KICKTOTHETEETH: shot him in the hand. I hope he was doing that on purpose and not actually trying to kill him. These people need to learn to shoot and do it right the first time.Comment by FREELOADERS: That's one way to get ... More >>
High-ranking members of Orange County churches, community organizations and Anaheim public school districts join local DREAM Act activists in marching this afternoon for federal legislation providing a pathway for citizenship and higher education to college-bound immigrants and those ser ... More >>
Today is a national day of action in favor of the DREAM Act, a piece of legislation before Congress that would create a path for citizenship for undocumented college students, and the Orange County Dream Team participated in dramatic fashion: they hung a banner this morning off Broadway in SanTan ... More >>
One of our favorite community groups, the Orange County Dream Team (which advocates for the passage of the DREAM Act, which would create a mini-amnesty for young illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military) will hold a vigil today in downtown SanTana.Specifically, the Dream ... More >>
It has to be tough to edit a college newspaper nowadays. Not only are you, the cream of the coed crop, facing horrible job prospects upon graduation, but you also must manage the tricky PC waters that is the modern-day American university experience.This unenviable position is the one that Isa Gh ... More >>
Duane Roberts sounds downright Republican."Beware of the Democrats" warns the Anaheim Green Party member running in November for the U.S. Senate seat held by a Democrat, Barbara Boxer.However, when Roberts explains his proclamation, he does not sound very Republican at all. He accuses Dems of bei ... More >>
I think that if someone were to show Barbara Coe a Mexican illegal immigrant who graduated from college and is going on to graduate school--in other words, an illegal that has scholastically accomplished more than she can even comprehend--the head witch of the California Coalition for Immigration ... More >>
Courtesy of Julio SalgadoWhile the Know Nothings of both the ethnic and sexual types gloat over today's death of a defense bill in the Senate that included provisions to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" ban of LGBT service members and to pass the DREAM Act, OC's local Dreamers burnt ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Facts and stats always win
While our local liberal pundits still continue to ridicule the protests of undocumented college to draw attention to their plight (with allies like those, who needs the Minutemen?), three members of the Orange County Dream Team (whose awesome logo you see at right) have been fasting outside the L ... More >>
anasaldana@the creativeartsclinic.comLA's La Santa Cecilia is coming down to Santa Ana today for a benefit bailongo. The six-piece's cross-generational appeal brings its mesh of various Latin American musical genres to a community dance party at Taco Adobe. They're lending the OC their talents, ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Special High-School-Graduation Edition
Local undocumented college students mark the passing of one of their own, Tam Tran, by continuing her fight
Sanchez: Finally returning to her Aztlanista roots...*Updated, with new information on the bottom...I've received much criticism from local Democrats over the past year for my constant bashing of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for not co-sponsoring the DREAM Act, a bill before the House and Senate ... More >>