Border Wars: Crystal Cove Panga'd; Irvine Becomes Murrieta; Rohrabacher Backs Boehner
Photo courtesy of Pam Hinkle Irvine becomes Murrieta for a second time this weekend.
As if on cue, a panga presumed to have carried undocumented immigrants (but no drugs this time) was found abandoned at Crystal Cove State Beach Thursday morning--providing yet more fodder for folks holding what they call "another planned National Anti-Immigration Protest" in Irvine Saturday afternoon.
Orange County's anti-immigration fever plays out while House Republicans fight amongst themselves over legislation Speaker John Boehner proposed to address the brewing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border--legislation that was surprisingly supported by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach).
It's surprising because Rohrabacher is a harsh critic of House leadership and a hardliner when it comes to immigration policy. In June, he said Boehner should be ousted as speaker if he tried to ram through an immigration bill without a majority of Republicans behind it. And Rohrabacher wanted language in the bill chastising President Barack Obama's stance on DREAMers.
OC Weekly archives Rohrabacher's usual immigration pose
But the Washington Post reported Thursday that while Rohrabacher did not find the $659 million Boehner proposal perfect, the veteran OC lawmaker gave it a thumbs up that morning. Faced with certain defeat--virtually all Democrats opposed the legislation as did more than 20 House conservatives--Boehner pulled it from consideration by the same afternoon. (Note: The Post reporters removed the passage indicating Rohrabacher's support from later updates to the story.)
National Latino and Asian American and Pacific Islander groups, as well as labor and evangelical leaders, released a 2014 National Immigration Score Card earlier this week that gave goose eggs to Rohrabacher and every other member of Orange County's Republican congressional delegation. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) got a 91 percent score from the groups, while Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) scored a perfect 100 percent.
So, yeah, you probably won't see Sanchez or Lowenthal at the 405 freeway overpass at Yale and Michelson in Irvine from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday for a demonstration by the same folks who held a "National Protest Against Amnesty And Border Surge" there on July 18-19.