A Mexican national convicted of rape and a citizen of El Salvador convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter are among the 162 aliens taken into custody earlier this week during a three-day enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives, and aliens released back in to the community after detainers filed by ICE with local law enforcement officials were ignored. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
Congressman Lou Correa, in conjunction with the City of Santa Ana, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana Unified School District, and World Relief of Southern California will be hosting a FREE Citizenship Fair on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Santa Ana College, in Dunlap Hall from 10 am – 2 pm. The address to the location is 1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706. The citizenship fair will provide assistance with the Citizenship Application and will be free of charge.
Documents to Bring: Continue reading
Luis Flores-Mendoza of Santa Ana pleaded guilty last year to impersonating a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and threatening to deport a woman if she didn’t give him money. He was sentenced on Monday to eight months in prison, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Flores-Mendoza was initially arrested and charged in state court in July of 2016 after an investigation by the Placentia Police Department. Continue reading
It looks like recalled SAUSD School Board Member Nativo Lopez is up to his old tricks again. Yesterday Lopez announced a statewide campaign of “non-violent, non-cooperation” with all police authorities, according to the O.C. Register.
Lopez, a longtime ally of current SAUSD School Board Member John Palacio and current Santa Ana City Councilman Sal Tinajero, heads up Hermandad Mexicana, an organization that portends to help immigrants. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2018
Contact: Denis Bilodeau, 714-749-6386
Orange County Supervisors votes to join the Department of Justice litigation against California State Law Senate Bill 54 “California Values Act”
SANTA ANA, CA— Today on a vote of 4-0, the Board of Supervisors authorized and directed County Counsel to intervene in the pending case United States v. California, Case #18-264 on behalf of the County of Orange. The Department of Justice’s lawsuit seeks to restore the federal government’s Constitutional authority and sole jurisdiction over immigration issues and end the existing conflict that local law enforcement encounters with state law. The County of Orange seeks to join this lawsuit. Continue reading
In January 2017, the city of Santa Ana declared it was a Sanctuary City and would not assist US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Additionally, the ICE contract to use the Santa Ana jail was also cancelled so they no longer hold ICE Detainees in the jail. It has since been replaced with a US Marshall’s contract to use the jail.
Many in our city praised the city council for protecting our undocumented committee. While others raised concerns that the city could be putting itself in danger of losing millions of dollars in Federal Funding and Grants that the city depends on to operate. Continue reading
Changes to OCSD custody procedures due to SB54 to take effect today
SANTA ANA, Ca. (Dec. 27, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is making several changes to its custody operations in light of recent legislation expected to take effect Jan. 1.
The most notable changes, which will be implemented starting today, Dec. 27, are expected in the department’s 287(g) program. They will be as follows: Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
SANTA ANA, CA — On Monday, November 20, 2017, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick issued a court order that permanently blocked President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to deny funding to cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, sometimes referred to as “sanctuary cities”. The lawsuits were brought forth by two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara, challenging the constitutionality of Executive Order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” Continue reading
SAFE Cities Network Launches: 11 Communities United to Provide Public Defense to Immigrants Facing Deportation
New findings demonstrate that government-funded defense dramatically increases successful outcomes and boosts public trust and public safety
NEW YORK, NY – At a time when harsh immigration policies are disrupting our communities, separating families, and increasing detention and deportation, leaders and legal service providers from across the country gathered in Columbus, Ohio to launch the Vera Institute of Justice’s Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Cities Network, a multi-jurisdiction network dedicated to providing publicly-funded representation for people facing deportation.
SAFE Cities Network members come from 11 politically, economically, and ethnically diverse jurisdictions that are united in their commitment to the belief that, regardless of whether an immigrant will ultimately stay in the U.S. or leave, a crucial way to keep our communities safe is to ensure legal representation for those whose future depends on it. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Board of Directors of the Lincoln Club of Orange County today issued a formal statement in support of federal legislation to afford an opportunity for Dreamers who qualify to remain in the United States.
“We stand with President Trump in supporting a legislative solution to provide relief to those individuals who were brought into this country as children. While we support the rule of law, these children were brought here illegally through no fault of their own. Securing our border must be an essential first priority of any proposed legislation to avoid repetition of the problems experienced following the 1986 amnesty. We must address the core problems of our immigration system not just the symptoms.” – John Warner, President of the Lincoln Club of Orange County Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
At last night’s council meeting, the Santa Ana City Council approved a resolution urging the United States Congress to immediately pass the Dream Act of 2017 and to protect immigrant youth and families from deportation. Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be rescinded. Upon rescission, more than 800,000 individuals would lose their DACA status and accompanying protections, including their eligibility to remain in the U.S. and their eligibility to work.
DACA is an immigration policy established by the Obama administration in June 2012 that permits individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County
OCCORD is hosting a FREE Citizenship Fair on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Southwest Center Center from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Southwest Center Center, located at 2201 W McFadden Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704.
The citizenship fair will provide direct, one-on-one assistance and is free of charge. Services will include: Continue reading
Re: Make Cali Great Event at ESports “Summer of Conservatism”
Note – a friend wrote this on Facebook but asked us to keep her name out of it
Upon learning that your establishment was being rented to the Make Cali Great organization for their “Summer of Conservatism” event. I, along with other community members of Santa Ana became extremely alarmed and upset to see that your venue (the ESports Arena in DTSA) would be given hate speech a platform to speak in the middle of Downtown Santa Ana/LA CUATRO.
The event highlighted keynote speaker Kyle Chapman a.k.a. “Based Stickman” who became famous when he got arrested in Berkeley for assault with a deadly weapon after hitting a protestor in the head. He is currently out on bail. Continue reading
U.S. Rep. Lou Correa tried to conduct an Immigration Workshop and Town Hall meeting yesterday at Santa Ana’s Delhi Center but a fracas broke out between Trump supporters and immigration supporters.
City of Santa Ana
On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Santa Ana City Council took the first step toward establishing a legal services program for Santa Ana residents facing deportation. By a vote of 4-2 (only Council Members Juan Villegas and Jose Solorio voted No), the City Council directed staff to further pursue all five options presented in a staff report to assist detained immigrants in deportation proceedings who cannot afford an attorney.
The five options included: Continue reading