How a Chapman University Law-School Student Saved a Korean Immigrant From Deportation

Dan Doperalski
Shin at his office

Jonathan Shin was up by 7:30 the morning of Sept. 11 this year--never mind he had only slept about four hours. The Chapman University law student skipped breakfast, his appetite zapped by nerves. He was due to appear at 1 p.m. at 606 S. Olive St. in Los Angeles. The Brutalist-style office building houses Los Angeles Immigration Court and the judges who decide whether people in the greater LA area can stay in this country or get deported.

Shin rode shotgun as his father drove from Irvine to downtown LA, the air conditioning on full blast. As if a mantra, Shin repeatedly drew in his mind the picture he'd paint of his client, a 59-year-old Korean immigrant the U.S. government wanted to deport. He also mapped out the various rebuttals he expected the judge would throw back.

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Touch Hak Receives One-Year Stay of Deportation, Still Needs Two More

Photo by Charles Lam

An update for you all: Touch Hak, the only-very-technically Cambodian citizen who wants to give his brother a kidney, has received a one-year stay, according to his lawyer, Jacqueline Dan, but that's still two years short of the three he'd need to participate in a program that'd find his brother a kidney.

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Garden Grove Man, Taken From His Children's Arms by ICE, Gets Deported to Mexico

Courtesy of the Flores family
Hector Flores and family
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is whipping up anti-immigrant fervor with terms like "anchor baby," but Garden Grove resident Hector Flores' deportation last week fits nicely with the Obama administration's "felons, not families" spiel. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took the father of four into custody back in early March. After months of languishing in the GEO Group's Adelanto Detention Facility, la migra deported him back to Mexico last week, citing his criminal convictions.

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Touch Hak Wants to Donate a Kidney to His Brother. The U.S. Wants to Deport Him First

Charles Lam
Nearly every weekday morning before work, Touch Hak bikes a quarter of a mile to a Santa Ana gym where he will spend hours running and lifting iron. The 38-year-old does it to stay in shape and blow off steam, focusing on his breathing and movement instead of the fact that his older brother Puthy spends an equal amount of time at a clinic undergoing dialysis three times a week because of his failing kidneys.

For years, Hak has wanted to donate one of his kidneys to his brother, and though a battery of tests a few months ago proved their blood types incompatible, there was still hope: There is a program that would allow Hak to donate a kidney to someone else so that another person could donate a kidney to his brother.

There's only one problem: The process can take upward of three years, and Hak is scheduled to be deported in a couple of weeks.

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Garden Grove City Council Rescinds Support of Obama Immigration Orders: Update

Korean Resource Center
Garden Grove City Council members debate President Obama's executive order on immigration.
UPDATE, AUG. 13, 9:21 A.M.: The Garden Grove City Council voted Tuesday night to rescind its approval of a non-binding resolution in support of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration (a.k.a. the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA and Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents or DAPA programs).

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Garden Grove Council Members Draw Kudos, Haters for Supporting Obama Immigration Reforms

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Mayor Bao Nguyen makes a point at Tuesday's Garden Grove City Council meeting.
By a narrow majority, the Garden Grove City Council voted Tuesday night to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs--a.k.a. Obama's Incite Donald Trump, Orly Taitz and Temeculans to Lose Their Shit Acts.

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Advocates Try to Keep Brothers Together as One Fights Deportation, The Other for His Life

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ICE target Touch Hak (far right) with (from left): his brother Puthy's wife Tammie Pheak; cousin Saron Pos; Puthy Hak (center); and sister Nalin Chhim.
A Cambodian refugee who was spared deportation last year so that he could donate his kidney to his brother recently learned he is not a blood match with his older sibling and that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is coming after him again.

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Immigrant Activists Give a Stern 'PEP' Talk to Santa Ana City Council Over New ICE Program

Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Young protesters hold banner in front of DHS vehicle
"Hey, hey, ho, ho, PEP-Comm has got to go!"

Immigrant organizations kicked off a press conference in SanTana yesterday with chants calling on the city council to denounce a new federal deportation program. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rolled out the "Priority Enforcement Program" (known as "PEP-Comm") in place of its disgraced "Secure Communities" predecessor last November.

Activists with Orange County Immigrant Youth United (OCIYU) and RAIZ say there's no significant difference between the two in calling on city leaders to reject the re-branding.

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Orly Taitz Thought Andrew S. Hanen was Her Anti-Obama Judge; Too Bad He Didn't Play Ball

Photos by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Orly Taitz, sitting, lacks standing.
If you go to Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/wind-up doll Orly Taitz's website and type "Hanen" in the search, you'll read all kinds of headlines that seem to indicate a federal judge in Texas is ruling for her lawsuit seeking to stop the transfer of undocumented immigrants between states or, at least, deport or quarantine them for two months to halt the spread of scabies, tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, swine flu, dengue fever, the Ebola virus and lice. Taitz also alleges President Obama and members of his administration are guilty of racketeering and defamation of her character. But one headline you won't find of her quasi-fundraising site is one reporting the latest out of Texas, where Brownsville-based Judge Andrew S. Hanen, famously blocked Obama administration orders on immigration in a case unrelated to Taitz's (despite her best efforts to merge the suits). No, Hanen's most recent ruling certainly is no win for the Queen of the Birfers,

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Donald Trump's Token Mexican is Lupe Moreno, an Anti-Mexican Pendeja From Santa Ana

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Moreno--as usual--the only Mexican surrounded by a sea of racist old, white faces

If you want to know the depths of desperation Donal Trump has reached in his presidential campaign, look no further than his choice of token Mexican he trotted out Friday during a Southern California appearance. During a press conference at the Beverly Wilshire, he wrapped his arm around one Lupe Moreno, which OC Weekly readers know full well as the token Mexican for the bona fide hate group, California Coalition for Immigration Reform (which seems to be defunct ever since head witch Barbara Coe died). Moreno, in her token-Mexican best, parroted every nod and word Trump did before telling the story of how her nephew died at the hands of an illegal immigrant. And who did Moreno blame for that tragedy? Not gangs, not criminality, not even the American justice system, but the MEDIA.

Yep: Moreno's true pendeja nature was on display for the national press to hear.

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