See the latest updates at the bottom of the post ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 7, 6:03 A.M.: Saturday marked a national day of action against President Barack Obama's raging deportation mill, with rallies under the banners of "Not 1 More" and "2 Million 2 Many." The Orange County DREAM Team's (OCDT) actions ... More >>
A group of seven Unitarian Universalists staged a 24-hour hunger fast in downtown Brea in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The protest, which ended at noon today, featured the placement of fasting tents outside the office of Republican Congressman Ed Royce (R-Fullerton). Activists also c ... More >>
Those who are fasting to draw attention to the national immigration-reform debate are moving from their perch in front of the district office of Rep. Ed Royce (R-Brea) to the one of the fellow pictured at right, Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine). Today is the first day of the four-day, five-person "Fas ... More >>
Nearly two million undocumented immigrants have been deported under the Obama administration, more than in any other previous presidency, and OC activist groups are saying ya basta! They will be a meeting, marching and rallying today at Sasscer Park in downtown SanTana around 10 a.m. as part of a ... More >>
The City of Irvine, which likes to boast about being a melting pot, is perhaps a fitting location for an immigration reform rally. Actually, it does not matter if it is fitting or not because it is getting two such protests Saturday morning, although it's more likely two heads of the same monster.
Armed with a list of demands, activists with the Orange County DREAM Team (OCDT) paid a visit yesterday afternoon to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez' district office in Garden Grove. As deportations continue while lawmakers are stalled on federal immigration reform, the OCDT are calling on her to sup ... More >>
While you're starting early on a long holiday weekend, some Orange County progressive types are rallying outside an event this morning featuring Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), then the office of Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) Saturday morning and then Royce's office that afternoon. Organizing for Actio ... More >>
Earlier this week, Clockwork Coker reported that Dana Rohrabacher (R-Once Had a Pedophile Work for Him) called GOP senator Marco Rubio a "weasel" because of the Floridian's efforts to try and pass immigration reform. Never mind that Rubio's proposal solves nothing, is punitive, and perfectly befitti ... More >>
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 >>
On Tuesday, May 14, the ASUCI DREAMer community and other concerned UCI Anteaters will hold an immigration rally at UCI's Student Center Terrace at noon. The Student Center Terrace will serve as a platform for students, professors, and activists to voice their reasonable angst over the inaction tow ... More >>
La Santa Cecilia's music video for its latest single "El Hielo (ICE)" premieres today, but this writer got a sneak peek two weekends ago! With Chris Newman of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) present in Anaheim for an event in celebration of jornalero Jose Ucelo, he took the occas ... More >>
It's been one hell of a busy week for any and all things immigrant! From the Gang of 8's framework for immigration reform to the Deporter-in-Chief Barack Obama's own speech on the subject in Las Vegas, politicians have been putting their dos centavos in. After Inauguration Day banner drops along the ... More >>
See update at the end of the post with reaction to the Supreme Court ruling by Rep. Loretta Sanchez:ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 25, 8:35 A.M.: The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected nearly all of Arizona's controversial immigration law yet upheld SB 1070's most controversial provision: the one requiri ... More >>
More than 150 evangelical leaders, including one of our very own right here in Orange County, have signed on to a statement calling for what they say is a righteous solution to immigration reform. The "Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform" calls for a bipartisan policy that " ... 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 >>
UPDATE, FEB. 21, 11:40 A.M.: To give you the proper visual for this post, picture Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo at right with an al Qaeda beard. That's how he appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom this morning when he pleaded not guilty to the stabbing-murders of a mother, her son and four homeless men sinc ... 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 >>
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 >>
A recent American Civil Liberties Union report shows that sexual abuse of people in immigration detention facilities is a widespread, and likely underreported, issue in the U.S. Through Freedom of Information Act requests, the ACLU learned of almost 200 cases of alleged sexual abus ... 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."
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
From Santa Ana to Texas to Capitol Hill, OC residents prove among the most prominent advocates of the DREAM Act
Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?
Anti-immigrant think tanks are aiming their dubious statistics at the 14th Amendment
Starting at 6:30 p.m. PST tonight, come back to Navel Gazing (fresh post will be at the top also!) to find where we will be live streaming from Colorado the Tancredo vs. Arellano debate on immigration.Tancredo is a former Colorado congressman known for his, uh, extreme stance on immigration refo ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital
She ruled WHAT!?!A federal judge has blocked the part of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 law that allows police to ask people if they are in the country legally.The tough new immigration law that has sparked national debate is scheduled to take effect Thursday. However, the ask/you'd-better-tell ... More >>
Headline: Westminster Council Debates Arizona Immigration LawComment by HARRYWSMINSTR: What a great idea to leave it to the voters. All in favor say "Si".
UPDATE: As expected, the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council passed a resolution last night supporting the controversial Arizona immigration-reform law SB 1070. In adopting the thing, one panelist revealed he does not believe in immigration reform (see end of post) . . .Aw hell, Rancho, go all t ... More >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship
Tougher border enforcement in California and Texas has spelled disaster for southern Arizona
Until brain cancer ended his career, Senator Ted Kennedy was one of the hardest working legislators in American history, someone who even right-wing ideologues like Orrin Hatch admired and loved for his tireless dedication to public service. Ok sure, he had his faults. The man liked to drink. He cau ... More >>
OCCCO recently held a prayer vigil for healthcare reform. Now immigration reform is the cause.Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO) is teaming up with local faith leaders for a prayer vigil calling for just immigration reform Friday evening in the sanctuary at Immaculate ... More >>
On Sept. 15, California Coalition for Immigration Reform head Barbara Coe sent off a questionnaire to Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. "The California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) is a nationally recognized nonpartisan grassroots organization representing thousands of p ... More >>
...has to be the one they ran last week asking readers what "is the most effective way to stop illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border?" Reporter Amy Taxin sure knows her audience--of the options available, none included "open the borders ala the European Union," "reform the current immi ... More >>
"They came legally, though." --Idiot Iowa woman whose ancestors invaded the Americas on the Mayflower, in response to the issue of illegal immigration.
Preparing for deportation: In the past fiscal year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement made almost twice as many arrests (30,396) in its fugitive operations program as it did the previous year, reports the Register. ICE also picked up more than 4,000 illegals in workplace raids - up 11 percent fro ... More >>
When it comes to examining the root causes of illegal immigration, some Republicans work overtime to reconcile their hatred of "illegals" (cough—Mexicans!—cough-cough!) with the Bible—something that's not always easy to pull off given that the Bible preaches goodwill to those who are less fort ... More >>
Onetime ally turns against controversial Anaheim school trustee Harald Martin
Earlier today, representatives from the Arizona Interfaith Network, Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, Kansas City's El Centro and the United Farm Workers set up a teleconference call to argue why comprehensive immigration reform is necessary. They met under the name Coalition for Comprehensive Imm ... More >>
The San Diego Union-Tribune, whose editorials typically lean solidly to the right, has come out firmly against mixing illegal immigration with the war on terror--and with "The Wrong Mix," they more specifically chide OC's own Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) for chairing an Imperial Beach congressional h ... More >>
'Gustavo Arellano: youre a race-card-playing punk!'
The year in Mexican-bashing
Cops say they want to bail on INS duty