An immigration service officer who accepted bribes of thousands of dollars and hundreds of egg rolls from people seeking citizenship and resident status was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison, according to government officials. United States District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton han ... More >>
It was three years ago when journalist Jose Antonio Vargas publicly admitted he was an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times essay; such a bold act not only won him praise for his courage, but also made Vargas the most prominent face of the immigration movement and strengthened his efforts to r ... More >>
A documentary short calling for the repair of "America's broken immigration system" begins the first of two Sunday screenings during September in Orange County this weekend.
See the update at the end of this post on protesters arriving to Rep. Ed Royce's empty office, the sign that was left on the door for them and the messages they left for the congressman. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 28, 6:05 A.M.: If you thought the arrest of seven people in June outside the Brea district ... More >>
Five people tied to a $5 million health care fraud scheme--which recruited elderly Koreans in Southern California to pose as patients--have received federal prison sentences the past couple weeks, while two more defendants learn their fates in October. But an eighth participant in the scam, and th ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about seven people being arrested at the immigration-reform rally outside Rep. Ed Royce's Brea office today. Update No. 1 on the next page is about organizers expecting 300 people demonstrators. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 26, 7:06 A.M.: Spearheaded by a Korean-American group, ... More >>
A clothing store employee in Long Beach called the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) on Kareli Barrera last Monday. They arrested the woman on suspicion of shoplifting. Nervously, she gave deputies a false name as she's an undocumented immigrant. Later that night, they booked and jailed Barr ... More >>
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 >>
Still don't know what all this Obamacare holler is all about? Perhaps you need paneling. With open enrollment looming and a Field Poll showing 24 percent of Californians still know little or nothing about the Affordable Care Act, a panel of experts will answer questions about it from 11 a.m. to 1 p ... More >>
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 >>
An anti-abortion news site is reporting (and a Catholic news site is picking up) an allegation that California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris may either stop the recent partnership between a Catholic healthcare provider and Hoag Hospital or force the Newport Beach medical center to perform aborti ... 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 >>
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Why are they still covering up an April outbreak of E. coli at a local restaurant?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital
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 >>
Tougher border enforcement in California and Texas has spelled disaster for southern Arizona
Tim Carpenter hammers away at the war.Former Orange County progressive activist Tim Carpenter, who now does his agitating for the Michigan-based Progressive Democrats of America, is inviting tea partiers to protests at congressional district offices nationwide Wednesday aimed at reducing "unjusti ... More >>
Supporters of the historic healthcare reform bill signed into law by President Barack Obama will gather in front of the Garden Grove district office of Rep. Loretta Sanchez this afternoon to thank Orange County's only Democratic member of Congress for her yes vote on the controversial legislation ... More >>
The AFL-CIO convention in Pittrburgh voted last night to endorse single-payer, universal healthcare for all Americans, and rU.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) just trotted out to reporters his bill to provide non-single-payer, non-universal healthcare for not-quite-all Americans. Coincidence? ... More >>
The other side of the health-care debate (think opposite of Fox News' town hall criers) has come out swinging of late.California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee just issued a statement with the provocative title, "California's Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims." ... 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 >>
Yes, the people popping up everywhere to disrupt explanations of Obamacare by congress people and administration folk seldom get covered these days. A favorite was two days ago on CNN, when the anchorwoman cut to such a town hall where a U.S. senator was detailing the plan. Without ha ... 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 >>
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 >>
There's been a lot of talk about the governor's universal healthcare plan, but once you get past all the talk you discover… well, that plan may be too strong of a word. The governor's universal healthcare good intention may be more accurate. Anthony York explains in the Capitol Weekly. (emp ... More >>
In his inaugural address last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the beginning of a new chapter in California history, the "post-partisan" era, explaining, "The question is not what are the needs of Republicans or Democrats? The real question is what are the needs of our people?… Post- ... 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
OCs financial meltdown, five years later