5 LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Protesters Arrested After Shutting Down Intersection in Santa Ana

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Marilynn Montaño / OC Weekly
Activists in symbolic cage before arrest
Calling on Santa Ana to end its jail contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), trans and queer immigrant activists shut down an intersection in the city yesterday morning. A symbolic cage set up on Civic Center Drive and Boyd Way housed those who staged civil disobedience as part of the action. After an hour-and-a-half, SanTAna police gave a dispersal order. The majority of the activists took to the sidewalks of the intersection chanting "Liberation Not Deportation" and other messages of support as police took the five cage activists into custody.

Organized by FAMILIA: Trans Queer Liberation Movement and DeColores Queer Orange County, the protest comes a few days after Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's apparent 'Come to Jesus' moment on President Barack Obama's deportations. The action took the Deporter-in-Chief to task while also calling attention to the mistreatment of trans and queer people in immigrant detention facilities.

"Authorities might claim it is safer for our marginalized population to be locked in LGBTQ pods inside detention centers," said Ronnie Veliz prior to his arrest, "but we know that is not the case."


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According to SanTana police spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, authorities booked Veliz, Ramiro Alexis Gonzalez, Isaias Noycola, Steve Zamarripa and Laura Kanter on suspicion of failure to disperse, unlawful assembly, and impeding the roadway. Four of the five were detained as designated by California penal code by their given sex though one identified as a translatina. According to Bertagna, they were kept at a separate "vulnerable housing section" in the jail. All five are now out on bail.

As reported first by the Weekly, Santa Ana city officials are currently looking to mend, not end, their contract with ICE dating back to 2006. City Manager Dave Cavazos and newly appointed Police Chief Carlos Rojas flew to Washington D.C. to meet with ICE officials and ask that bed space rentals be boosted from $82 to $110 per day. Yesterday morning's spirited protest took place outside the police department headquarters and city jail. Rainbow flags with pro-immigrant messages scrawled on them waved defiantly.

Laura Kanter, a Youth Services Director for The Center OC and Irvine resident, participated in the civil disobedience action, being one of the five hauled away by police.

"We came together to fight for marriage and now are leaving our immigrant brothers and sisters behind, and by doing so, are contributing to the same systems of power that oppress us all," she said in a statement. "The progress of the LGBT struggle for equality, including marriage, is meaningless until every person is seen as fully human and treated with dignity and respect."

After the arrests, activists remaining at the intersection chanted "We'll be back!"

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gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Yeh, that will get everyone on your side.  idiots!

Michael Phil
Michael Phil

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meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

and white people continue to take first place in child molestation, ha!

bdawg011
bdawg011

As Mr. Chow would say...So long, gay boys!

FuckMexicans
FuckMexicans

Jesus!! The most hated race just keeps justifying why! An easy solution? Just shut the fuck up and go back to mexico and come across legally! Maybe then we might give you a small stage to bitch on deaf ears! Idiots!

John Hald
John Hald

"Get outta the street fuckers! Nobody cares about your nonexistent suppressed rights"

Evan White
Evan White

Immigrant Rights? So you mean Illegal Immigrant rights? Go to other countries and see how they treat illegal immigrants and then let's hear your opinion on how terrible America is. Let's take mexico for example: Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals. The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.

Josh Foote
Josh Foote

Walk those criminals into the jail

Gentle_Fern
Gentle_Fern

Being homosexual or transgendered does not give one license to break other laws or oppress other people. These protesters are truly a sad collection of lost souls and squandered youth. 

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

These tranny clowns got one thing right - they DO belong in cages. Now if we could just get a helicopter to swing by, pick them up and deposit them several hundred miles south of the US/Mexico border we'd really be doing the legal residents of Santa Ana/California/USA a favor. 

Erik Heraldez
Erik Heraldez

Steve Chavez bull fucking shit. I have bills and rent to pay. Hundreds of others have bills, rent, and children to feed. These protestors obviously have no consideration for us, why should I show concern for them. Two way street buddy.

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

I'd be interested in hearing what my friends had to say about this one!!

Steve Chavez
Steve Chavez

It is easy to look down on those who break the law to send a message. You cannot relate because the laws were created to favor you and those close to you. Easy to cry about traffic when its only yourself you care about. When you have no other weapons it is you must throw your body on the gears of the machine. I applaud public action.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

I, for one, am glad they resort to these tactics. It makes it so mush easier to hate them when they act like assholes. I'm very thankful that no one is teaching them you get more bees with honey. God forbid they ever figure out how to make themselves a sympathetic group.

Daniel Blandin
Daniel Blandin

Reading this ... So breaking the law and causing disruption on city streets is the way to make a change? In regards to 'illegal' immigration, laws on the books arent even enforced for one but always wondered how it would go over to adopt Mexican immigration laws... Look it up, very strict !!! Groups need to pick their battles and do things legally

DayT
DayT

How about calling on Santa Ana city to stop housing illegal immigrants?

Erik Heraldez
Erik Heraldez

Nice create gridlock while I'm trying to get to work. Fuck these guys.

arizonanewtimes.com
arizonanewtimes.com

Are they idiots or what?  They break the law by coming here illegally they all go to jail.  And because they are illegal aliens off to the federal detention facility they shall go -- period. It would be better to just shoot them though.

Why would they deserve special treatment because they are not only queer but here illegally?

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Why would you want him back?  Another woman took him?  What, did she kidnap him?  That always cracks me up when women say another woman took her man...dumb broads.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@meheecan-cris-doner You're the guy in the cage above, right? The guy wearing the baseball sleaves? You haven't been on a Megan's Law website lately..over half of the guys on there are Hispanic, if you want to play that game.

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

hey pendejo, the native americans called and said to deport your illegal ass back to Europe. ha!

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Another fine display of the self-entitlement so many of them display, which is a big reason most of us can't stand them.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Anybody want to join me for a rally/protest next week?  I am protesting that it is illegal to walk into a bank, and take all the money you want.  It's an unfair law.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

@DayT Where's your pathetic Know Nothing counter demonstrations? Did Barbara Coe's death ash you all out, too?

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com "It would be better to just shoot them though." Easy there. You sound like an anti-immigrant version of Eliot Rodger. 

Hitman_Corleone
Hitman_Corleone

 @meechan, Europeans is what made this country great!  Native Americans really didn't do much in the contribution dept.! And as far as Mexicans? Keep on leeching off the country the Europeans made so great! Pendejo! If we left? You would starve!!

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@meheecan-cris-doner What laws were broken? Were the Natives providing free healthcare, schooling, and welfare for the pilgrims? I'm still trying to locate the immigration law that was broken when the pilgrims came over.  Can you site it for me? 

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@gabrielsanroman @DayT Unfortunately, most of us are to busy working and paying taxes to go counter-protest a handful of kooks.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@meheecan-cris-doner Not so sure about your "facts".  I've seen both.  There are no hard facts one way or the other. Hispanics can be classified as white.  I would also think Hispanics would be less likely to report it, due to their immigration status.  Also, it is much more acceptable in the hispanic community for older guys to date younger girls.  In any case, not of it should be condoned. 

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

before you engage in a conversation, please use the correct words. last time i checked ”site” is a location/place, pendejo! jajaja. you're white and stupid.... go screw your cousin white trash lol.

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