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.
Among U.S. counties, Orange County has the fourth-largest population of people eligible for DACA protection, with an estimated 54,000 eligible last year, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.
Councilman Jose Solorio proposed keeping the ICE contract, saying it helps detained immigrants stay close to their families and attorneys. Immigration activists loudly opposed it calling Solorio a “Latino Trump.”
In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the City Council told city staff to work with nonprofits and law schools and develop a plan to provide lawyers for Santa Ana residents who are at risk of deportation but can’t afford an attorney.
With the first wave of President Donald Trump’s long-promised crackdown on immigration arriving this week, immigrant advocates in Orange County are scrambling to mobilize on behalf of the many county residents who could be impacted by the directives.
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.
Activists helped beat back, at least for the time being, an effort involving the police union to oust City Manager David Cavazos, and convinced council members to strengthen their “sanctuary city” policy.