Gary Takesian, a documentary filmmaker and graphic artist living in Yorba Linda, writes about the recent deportation of Jorge Garcia, noting the collective American conscience needs a softening of the heart, standing up to the fact that breaking up decent families, regardless of their legally recognized status, serves no useful or rational purpose.
Immigrant advocates packed the council chambers this week, largely to thank the council for their actions. But they also lamented that the city won’t act quickly to end its contract to house federal immigration detainees in the city jail.
Worried that federal immigration authorities could exploit a controversial statewide gang database, California’s outgoing Attorney General Kamala D. Harris wants lawmakers to give the state Department of Justice full control over the database.
Santa Ana will be the first in Orange County to join major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco in defying President-elect Donald J. Trump’s promised crackdown on unauthorized immigrants if council members pass a resolution Tuesday.
Scammers promising green cards and low-cost legal services to immigrants are likely to proliferate in the coming months along with mounting worries that President-elect Donald Trump will turn his anti-immigrant rhetoric into action.
In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow for more deportations, council members declared Santa Ana a “sanctuary city.” And they harshly criticized the police union’s tactics during the election campaign.
About 80 people came together Wednesday to march throughout downtown Santa Ana in a demonstration of their anger with the Supreme Court’s vote last week that blocked President Obama’s immigration reform.