7 Arrested at Immigration-Reform Rally Outside Rep. Ed Royce's Office: Update with PHOTOS

See Update No. 2 on page 2 about seven people being arrested at the immigration-reform rally outside Rep. Ed Royce's Brea office today--with PHOTOS. Update No. 1 on the next page is about organizers expecting 300+ people demonstrators.

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Courtesy of National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
Protesters block a road outside Rep. Ed Royce's Brea office Friday.

ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 26, 7:06 A.M.: Spearheaded by a Korean-American group, immigration reform advocates will demonstrate outside U.S. Rep. Ed Royce's Brea office Friday morning to urge the veteran Republican congressman to get himself and House mates to move on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 passed in the Senate. The activists say they have good reason to literally take this to Royce's doorstep.

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Orange County DREAMers Call on Sheriff to Cut Ties with Federal Immigration Agents: Update

See the update on Page 3 with local immigration activists from various groups calling on the Orange County sheriff to cut all ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Photo by Flickr user Kevin
Soon to be less crowded.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 5, 7:33 A.M.: After a federal court decision in Oregon, every county that surrounds Orange County immediately halted honoring requests from federal immigration agents to hold potentially deportable inmates past the length of their jail terms. But the Orange County Sheriff's Department seemed to be a holdout.

Until now.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock sent a statement to the media late Wednesday afternoon that essentially says, in light of the court decision, Orange County also will not hold inmates on immigration holds beyond the end date of their sentences.

"I want to be respectful of the most recent federal court case decision while simultaneously being sensitive to public safety concerns of Orange County residents," says Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in the statement.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On How Undocumented Activists Are Fighting OC Law Enforcement!

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Photo by Gabriel San Blogman, I believe
Undocumented activists raising desmadre
Yesterday, the Orange County Sheriff's Deparment announced it was ending all immigration holds. This came just a day after I devoted my "Orange County Line" commentary on KCRW-FM 89.9 to how undocumented activists had declared war on the Orange County Probation Department over what they say is the illegal referral of too many undocumented youth to la migra. Am I a prophet, or a lunatic? The answer, of course, is neither: I'm a pendejo! Anyhoo...

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Advocates for the Undocumented Seek Removal of Obstacles to Getting CA Drivers Licenses

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AVCO Embassy Pictures
KABLOOEY!

A report on California recently joining 10 other states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses puts a spotlight on the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana, where five-hour driver's ed classes are being offered for free to ... ick ... excuse me. I need to clean up the goo from the heads of Register readers/Weekly commenters whose heads just exploded.

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Marco Rubio, Guest of Koch Brothers in Dana Point, Shares "The Immigrant Experience"

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Time
It's Marco Rubio time!
Two days after President Barack Obama attended a breakfast fundraiser in Laguna Beach, a politician who could succeed him was being feted by the Koch Brothers nearby.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) was among the power hitters who attended Monday's kick-off of the Kochs' Freedom Partners Action Fund at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

The super PAC's goal is to reportedly spend $290 million on elections.

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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.

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Loretta Sanchez to Obama: "No More Deportations"

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Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Rep. Gutiérrez looks on as Sanchez speaks from the podium
Anaheim played host to an immigration town hall last Friday night hosted by a number of reform advocacy groups. It was there that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez did the previously unspeakable by uttering sweet Aztlanista words into the mic. Before a packed crowd at the Betsy Ross Elementary School auditorium, the lawmaker publicly pushed President Barack Obama on his administration's record deportations.

"I would just like to say to the President: Ya basta, Señor Presidente," Sanchez declared at the end of her speech, "No more deportations en nuestras familias."

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Orange County DREAM Team Pushes for Health Coverage of Undocumented Residents

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Despite the frothing mouths of Know Nothings, the reality of Obamacare is that it leaves undocumented immigrants uninsured. The Health Care for All Act seeks to remedy that exclusion in California. If signed into law, the Senate Bill wouldn't consider immigration status for enrollment in Medi-Cal. It would also create a health insurance program similar to "Covered California." As the proposed legislation makes its way through Sacramento, the Orange County DREAM Team (OCDT) is taking up the cause.

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Activists Rally Around Samuel Sixtos-Gomez, Nabbed by ICE and Facing Deportation, Separation From His 8-year-old Daughter

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Samuel Sixtos-Gomez and child
Samuel Sixtos-Gomez came to the United States as an 8-year-old. Now the father of a citizen daughter the same age, Sixtos faces deportation since he crossed without papers. The Santa Ana resident wanted to resume studies, earn his G.E.D. degree, and apply for Deferred Action (DACA) protection, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained him instead.

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An Open Letter to Loretta Sanchez by the Orange County Dream Team

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Photo by either Josue Rivas or Gabriel San Román--or someone else?
The Dreamers in action...
Here at OC Weekly, we're a proud Aztlanista front, so we're more than happy to run the following open letter by the Orange County Dream Team, that amazing group of undocumented students and their supporters who have been advocating for amnesty for (relative) ages. Their target this time around? Their favorite whipping pendeja: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Take it away, kiddos!

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