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.”
Five infections have been diagnosed in the county since June, with a sixth case pending confirmation, according to the county Health Care Agency. Public health officials suspect widespread use of online dating apps may be playing a role.
Despite public pressure, including a hunger strike, the Santa Ana City Council did not vote this week to close the city’s jail, which houses immigration detainees through a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Transgender women face disproportionately high amounts of abuse in immigration detention centers, activists say. They want officials to cancel the contract to house federal immigration detainees at the city jail.
With family lines of communication weakened by war trauma, language barriers, and cultural rifts, Vietnamese Americans have a difficult time talking with those closest to them about sexual and gender identity issues.