Immigrant Detainees Launch Thanksgiving Hunger Strike at Theo Lacy

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While families prepare Thanksgiving feasts for today, immigrant detainees at Theo Lacy in Orange are on a hunger strike. Others at the James A. Musick facility in Irvine also joined in before authorities swiftly transferred them to Theo Lacy. About 37 people, mostly South Asian, launched the fast aimed at ending detentions last night. Similar actions are underway at Alabama's Etowah Detention Center and Otay in San Diego with immigrant detainees declining their dinner meals on Thanksgiving eve.

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Candlelight Vigil Held for Christina Lopez, Transgender Anaheim Women Detained By ICE

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More than a dozen activists held a community vigil outside the Santa Ana Jail last night to draw attention to Christina Lopez, a transgender undocumented immigrant held nearly two years awaiting possible deportation. With protests sign in one hand and lit candles in the other, they called for Lopez to be released and reunited with her family in Anaheim.

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Frequent Deportee Ramon Jaime Horta Poised to Add Murder-by-DUI to Long Rap Sheet

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Ramon Jaime Horta's Thursday arraignment was continued.
Plant your fingers in your ears for a second, Orange County, because the high-pitched screams of anti-illegalites are about to break glass. A 55-year-old Santa Ana resident with multiple DUI convictions and deportations under his belt has been charged with murder for allegedly being drunk while running over a man sitting on a curb.

Ramon Jaime Horta faces felony counts of second-degree murder, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and hit-and-run causing permanent and serious injury, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 4.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Withdraws from UCI Career Fair After Student Objections

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UC Irvine students--in support of the school's 548 undocumented students--have successfully petitioned against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)'s participation in a career fair scheduled for tomorrow. The petition went up on Monday morning and received over 650 signatures from fellow students, undocumented students from other schools, alumni, and activists. After receiving notice of the petition, the CBP officially withdrew from the career fair Tuesday morning.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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