OC DREAMers to Loretta Sanchez: Tell Obama "Not One More Deportation!" UPDATE

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See the latest updates at the bottom of the post on the release of arrested OC DREAMers.

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 included freeway banner drops and a press conference at the Garden Grove office of Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

Last month, DREAMers began asking Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members to call out the Deporter-in-Chief on his administration's record-breaking deportations. Some did just that.

The Weekly wondered aloud if Sanchez would follow suit. Predictably, she didn't.

The OCDT delivered a letter to the congresswoman on Saturday asking her to jump on board, but it wasn't the first time they've done so. As the letter reads...

Last summer, during the earlier days of this campaign, Orange County Dream Team asked you to join us in calling for a stop to the deportations and expansion of Deferred Action. We did so during meetings with your District Director Gaston Castellanos, and when we spoke at Tefere Gebre's going away dinner. At the time you declined to support us, but that can be rectified.

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Orange County DREAM Team

The two-time dismissal didn't stop OCDT from issuing its three demands to the congressman that she publicly come out asking for President Obama to halt deportations, expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy for all 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and ask that other CHC members join the chorus.

Joining OCDT in its "Best Regards" sign off are the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance and the National Queer and Transgender Latino Alliance.

Pro-immigrant activists ended the day's actions in San Juan Capistrano with a candlelight vigil. La migra hit South OC city with raids late last month that ended in the detention of Victoria Delgado Arteaga and her cousin Oscar Simbras. RAIZ and community members rallied around Delgado, who has no criminal record but does have six children and 11 grandchildren, until her release last Monday. Immigration authorities deported her cousin that same day.

Will Congresswoman Sanchez be swayed by such stories of family breakups and take a DACA for all stance? "As a member of both the Homeland Security Committee and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Ms. Sanchez' voice carries weight and will go a long way toward pressuring the President to change course and stop the deportations," said OCDT's Amy Yu. The grassroots group followed up last weekend's actions and sent members to Washington D.C. today as part of a coalition rally continuing to put pressure Sanchez and Congressman Xavier Becerra. The social media strategy includes the hashtag #SanchezDeports and congressional office sit-ins are currently taking place!

An article in yesterday's edition of the New York Times noted that since Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportations affected those with no criminal records or minor infractions at best.

Maybe the congresswomen can heed the call of immigrant rights activists before Obama himself comes to Anaheim in June to deliver UC Irvine's 50th anniversary commencement speech at Angel Stadium.

FIRST UPDATE, APRIL 7, 11:54 A.M.: Three OC DREAMers who staged a sit-in at the D.C. office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez earlier today have been arrested. Luis Ramirez, Dulce Saavedra, and Jonathan Bibriesca wanted to ratchet up the pressure on the lawmaker on the issue of President Obama's deportations and prepared statements prior to risking arrest.

"I'm here to demand that Loretta Sanchez pushes President Obama to stop deportations and bring relief by expanding Deferred Action," Ramirez said. "This is crucial especially for LGBTQ community members placed in detention who often times have extra needs such as hormone therapy and HIV medication."


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Lisa Mendoza
Lisa Mendoza

The machinations of the deportation policy, which began during the baby Bush administration, cannot just be turned off like a switch. Obama did not implement these policies. And, since he is not a dictator, he cannot simply end them. Change will be a long time coming. People need to understand that we are not only fighting policy. We are fighting the ignorance of the people who believe that Americans are descendants of Europe. The current immigration policy accurately reflects the mindset of the majority of the people who bother to vote. This is America. Reality check. The road is going to be longer than you think. It won't be pretty, but it has to be traveled. It's unfortunate that people really don't understand what it means that the President of the United States considers this journey worth undertaking.

Ask a Mexican
Ask a Mexican

Oh, please...explain 2 million deported, please!

Lisa Mendoza
Lisa Mendoza

Can everybody really be that stupid? Obama is the only one who actually has compassion and is actually attempting to implement solutions. He has a lot of opposition, not just in government. The people - for the most part- don't want immigration reform. Like the quote from the New York Times article, you gotta work with him...and do your part in the community. These tontos have allowed the opposition to pit them against their only ally. They all just look stupid.

Gina Watkinsjudd
Gina Watkinsjudd

Most illegals even if they were legal wouldn't have to pay income tax and they do pay sales taxes etc. Just sayin.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

None of them look like they are starving....are they citizens or illegals?

Michael A. Trujillo
Michael A. Trujillo

I thought GB, the younger one, was the worst President in history. Give it some more time, particularly with deportations, Obama should rise to to the worst. Many blame the Republicans for his demise- it is debatable. He appears to have been the major contributor to his own demise. ! Pobrecito, ya no puede hallar rincón a llorar!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Loretta Sanchez didn't have the courage to help protect this Latino man and his family from her #killercops when this constituent reached out to her in 2012. I guess that's why she gets to be a Homeland Security Committee and Congressional Hispanic Caucus member.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but your country has jumped the shark.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

If those 3 are illegal, deport them, too!

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

US citizens and legal immigrants to OC Dreamers: "Pobrecita!"

Barry McPhee
Barry McPhee

no deportations,and no : free-taxpayer-money-for-everything-imaginable, that's what I'm thinking.simple

HUUUGE_JOHNSON
HUUUGE_JOHNSON

Why do American middle class students have to take out $50,000 in student loans while DREAMERS get $50,000 in Cal Grants. Why do we punish American middle class families for the crimes of the dreamers parents?

quiensesmasmacho
quiensesmasmacho

what a bunch of bull...can we pick and choose who comes to this country? or do we have to accept all the mentally challenged Mexicans.. I swear, the only thing dumber than a Mexican is a Mexican-american

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Some advice to everyone:  Try sitting down and striking up a conversation with an illegal alien from South of the border.  You just might find out that they aren't all gang members and drug dealers.  A lot of them are just trying to get by and support their families.  Many of them come from crushing poverty and crime ridden areas that most Americans can't even fathom.   Yeah, they know they are breaking the law by coming here.  What would you do if you saw your kids starving?


Fred Stoces
Fred Stoces

ok im just saying, the reason everyone is pissed about illegal immigrants is not because of your race or language, it is because we all have to pay taxes for having real jobs. when you work illegally you are paid but then you don't pay taxes which puts holes in our system and brings the economy to a grinding halt.. what we need to do is fix the system so it is easier and quicker to gain citizenship. all of our ancestors dealt with immigrating in a way WORSE than what you guys are going through but it worked still, our politicians need to pull their heads out of their asses and fix this pronto or people will just keep sneaking into the country anyways

Marco Flores
Marco Flores

" two-thirds of the nearly two million deportations affected those with no criminal records or minor infractions at best" collateral damage pft!

skyclmbr
skyclmbr

Deport all illeal Mexicans. They live like slobs they take American jobs they have no respect for our laws. They litter the streams lakes etc. Yes I am witness to it. They live like filthy dogs. Screw them all

Whackadoodle
Whackadoodle

I love it.  he is Deportee in Chief deporting illegal trespassers.  One would think the GOP would be happy yet they are not? Im so confused  which face are they showing today?

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@whateveryousay Agree they're hard working and alot better than most americanized mexicans. They tend to be more conservative and have better family values as well. Most of the ones you see acting up and protesting are mexican-americans that have read too much noam chomsky and not illegals. I go to Tijuana often for "things" and wouldn't want to live there myself. I'd be trying to come here too. That said. Laws are laws and we need to deport them and their kids and get rid of birthright citizenship. Fine the employers also and use the money to build a wall or canal on the border.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

@whateveryousay  They may not all be gang members and drug dealers but they are all foreign nationals who are actively circumventing and subverting American law. They are pseudo-immigrants who degrade themselves and disrespect the millions of people who follow protocol and conduct themselves with dignity. These Dreamers are a disgrace. 

HUUUGE_JOHNSON
HUUUGE_JOHNSON

@whateveryousay  The pont is Americans are pro-legal immigration, but we simply can't let the 500 million people that want in…in. If we are truly saving their children from starving…where is the appreciation? Where is the gratitude. It should be overwhelming and present everywhere….everyday. Instead we get the US national anthem booed in Pasadena. 

roman_archer
roman_archer

@whateveryousay The LA Times ran a great 3 part article several years back on people entering the United States illegally from Mexico. It's staggering on how difficult of a life these people have, not to mention how difficult it is just to make it out of Mexico and into the States. Ever since that article I have nothing but empathy for these people who are desperately trying to better their life. Would I do the same if I was in their shoes? In a heartbeat!

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

No thanks - don't feel like living in an overcrowded, hyper-congested world bulging with illiterate indigents from Latin America's non-stop poverty mills.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

So 1/3 of them are criminals... too high a percentage for me.

Muhammed
Muhammed

@skyclmbr  Did a mexican crush your dream of mowing lawns or washing dishes?

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@Whackadoodle  Problem is, alot of the "deportations" are turn-aways at the border. which in the past were not counted as deportations.

PochaYQue
PochaYQue

Who says appreciation is not present. These people wake up everyday to do the jobs you Dont want to do, feed their families, and contribute millions of dollars in taxes every year to our economy that they cannot file taxes for. Some parents are even successful in sending their kids (who are 90% of the time U.S. born citizens) to college, all without ever ever learning a drop of English. With all this said, I would "boo" too if the country I slaved for, didnt appreciate my efforts and added insult to injury by pretending I didnt exist, and robbing of me a fundamental right; human dignity.

--Love,

1st generation Pocha with a Master's Degree.

Oh hey, and before I forget, "Boooooo!!"

Thanks.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Does my Ecuadorian born turned US citizen mom telling me as a kid a trillion times that she loved the USA more than she loved her native country of Ecuador count in your gratitude department?

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

May Walter Mercado put a hex on your first born! That will teach ya!

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@Muhammed @skyclmbr  Now that was funny.  I wonder if he aspired to be chased away from his home country by crushing poverty and run to a country filled with people that hates him to work a shitty job in order to send a few bucks back to his poverty ridden family?

Some advice to everyone:  Try sitting down and striking up a conversation with an illegal alien from South of the border.  You just might find out that they aren't all gang members and drug dealers.  A lot of them are just trying to get by and support their families.  Many of them come from crushing poverty and crime ridden areas that most Americans can't even fathom.     

HUUUGE_JOHNSON
HUUUGE_JOHNSON

@PochaYQue  

1. many of those jobs Americans would do, just not at the low wages i.i.s will accept.

2. we can get a hundred million other immigrants if we wanted that would show true appreciation.

3. anti-illegal immigration is not anti-immigrant

4. boo…exactly. the attitude of entitlement is not an attitude of appreciation.

5. Did you get cal grants? American middle class students have to take out loans. How did you look them in the eyes at school? How does it feel to know they pay $700/month to service the loans while you got tens of thousands in cal grants and are debt free? ashamed i hope.

HUUUGE_JOHNSON
HUUUGE_JOHNSON

@18usc241  that does. and if that was the message from all immigrants (legal and illegal) I personally believe the immigration issue would be solved.


Americans are NOT ant-immigrant…..the problem is the 'leaders' do not push your message….they push the message of 'power'.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@18usc241  I see their tax returns.  One guy yesterday was legal.  Had 3 kids, his baby momma was on his return as "other" with a TIN.  Made about 47000.  Received almose 7k in tax credits.  They claim, nieces, nephews, parents (with TINs) on their returns and usually receive tax credits.  Meanwhile, the mom is probably collecting benefits for the kids.  Rarely do i see money withheld from their paychecks to pay for medical insurance, no is their any indication they are paying out of their checking account.  Also, you'll see a couple thousand a month deposited in cash.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@whateveryousay @Muhammed @skyclmbr  I worked in hotels for 10 years.  I knew many illegals.  Some were great, some were not.  They did like to steal stuff and sell drugs. Some were hard workers; some were not.  Maids were getting paid about $12, they had cheap insurance, lived in all the subsidized apartments in a small resort town.  Cops were always at those apartments for one thing or another.  A lot of car break-ins, and domestic violence. 

skyclmbr
skyclmbr

@whateveryousay @Muhammed@skyclmbr

My issue with them? They have taken over the construction market here in Los Angeles. Those without proper documents pay taxes tot heir bosses. I worked for 1 who did that. I know of 3 other companies who does the same thing. Now those of us who have the years experience, sit home cause companies rather save the wages and can careless about the Americans. Now question, in Mexico they have strict illegal immigration laws. To me they are also hypocrites. They cry "via mexico" yet live and work here. We had laws put in place for a reason to keep the jobs available to Americans. Yes they allowed workers to come here on work visas.Yet those who think they are great? Go drive through Pomona CA. Look how run the town is now. The city counsel declared the city a safe haven for illegals.

HUUUGE_JOHNSON
HUUUGE_JOHNSON

@whateveryousay @Muhammed @skyclmbr  when you sit and talk, do they acknowledge that each illegal immigrant family gets nearly $1,000,000 invested in them via American taxpayers? Do they seem grateful for the USA? What do they have to say to the other 500 million people in the world that would like to be here?

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