Santa Ana's Connection to Mexico's Burgeoning Vigilante Civil War in Michoacán

One of the best pieces of political cartooning I've seen in YEARS...
Over the past two weeks, gabachos have slowly been learning about civilian vigilante groups in the Tierra Caliente regions of Michoacán and Guerrero taking on the Caballeros Templarios cartel after complaining that local police are in the narcos' pockets. Calling themselves autodefensas, the groups shot it out with narcos, kidnapped police, and slowly took over communities, creating a logistical nightmare for the regime of Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. Now, the federal army is being summoned to ask the autodefensas to disarm themselves--and, so far, they're refusing.

If the Orange County Register wasn't so busy laying people off, they'd have a great story on their hands, because the list of communities afflicted reads like a roll call of ranchos and cities that have emptied out into SanTana over the past 50 years.

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Gurmukh Singh, Undocumented Immigrant Cause Celebré, Still in Danger of Deportation

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Gurmurkh Singh (third from right) with his family
Gurmukh Singh, a 43-year-old Garden Grove Sikh immigrant from India with no criminal record, has been with his family since being released in October of last year after months of detention in an ICE facility. Since then, life has been anything but easy. He still faces deportation, with another round of negotiations related to his Ninth Circuit Court asylum appeal set for next week.

"I don't know if this is my last mediation," Singh tells the Weekly . "I'm still facing deportation. I'm not at peace."

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New Year Brings TRUST Act Protections

Do you feel more trusty today?

Well, you should, because California's TRUST Act and other immigrantion-reform measures kick in with the new year.

Known formally as Assembly Bill 4 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the TRUST (Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools) Act sets a minimum standard throughout California to limit immigration "hold" requests in local jails. (We're looking at you, Theo Lacy and Santa Ana Jail!)

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Immigration Reform Fast at Congressman's Office Restricted by Irvine Co. and Irvine Police

See the update at the end of the next page on restrictions imposed on peaceful protesters by Irvine Police and landowner The Irvine Co.

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ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 9, 7:07 A.M.: Those who are fasting to draw attention to the national immigration-reform debate are moving from their perch in front of the district office of Rep. Ed Royce (R-Brea) to the one of the fellow pictured at right, Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine).

Today is the first day of the four-day, five-person "Fast for Families" in front of Campbell's office.

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UC Irvine Study Charges Orange County Probation With Unlawful ICE Referrals

"Second chances for all"
A new report from the UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) blasts the Orange County Probation Department (OCPD) for its collaboration with federal immigration officials. The "Second Chances for All" study released today comes just days after activists shut down the entrance to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Santa Ana.

As OC leads the state in ICE detainer requests for youth, the IRC points the finger at the referral practices by the OCPD as the main reason why. The department's policy, authors of the report say, violates confidentiality law and prioritizes deportation over rehabilitation.

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OC Immigrant Rights Activists to Rally Against Record Deportations

Nearly two million undocumented immigrants have been deported under the Obama administration, more than in any other previous presidency, and OC activist groups are saying ya basta!

They will be meeting, marching and rallying today at Sasscer Park in downtown SanTana around 10 a.m. as part of a nationwide call to have the Deporter-in-Chief use his executive authority powers to expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for all.

But that doesn't cover the entire demands of the day...

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Ex-Homeland Security Boss Aided California Welfare Cheat Who Entered U.S. Illegally

Welfare cheat wants credit for seeking regime change in Iran
Persecuted by the government in her Iranian homeland, Khadijeh Muaveny walked to Kurdistan in May 1997, got smuggled into Turkey, flew from Europe to Mexico City, hired alien smugglers to transport her into California and asked for asylum after her 25-day ordeal.

In the United States, Muaveny obtained permanent residency status, claimed a serious back injury and, even though she quietly operated a daycare center and often keep more than $350,000 in as many as 15 bank accounts using numerous names in multiple states, demanded and took nearly $98,000 in government benefits including welfare and Supplemental Security Income payments.

But Muaveny--who also used the names Fahimeh Muaveny (apparently the real identity) and Khadijeh Moaveni--had employed a fake story about her torturous trip to the U.S. when, in fact, she used a fake name to fly into this country from England after living comfortably in Sweden.

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Mexican Boat Captain Gets Punished For Human Smuggling Into San Clemente

Come aboard. We're expecting you!
It's safe to say that the cabin cruiser driven by Jesus Quinones-Chavez in September 2012 was not The Love Boat.

Loaded with eight other Mexicans who boarded the boat in Puerto Nuevo, Baja California after agreeing to pay between $7,000 and $12,500 each, Quinones-Chavez aimed to illegally smuggle the foreign nationals into Newport Beach.

But the occupants--some of whom are felons--became stranded at sea when the boat ran out of fuel as well as food and water.

Quinones-Chavez threatened to shoot one person who suggested they contact the U.S. Coast Guard to be rescued.

"Whomever calls the police, I will fill them with bullets," he reportedly said.

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OC Faith, Union, Community Coalition Holds Hunger Strike over No Immigration Reform

A coalition of Orange County faith, union and community leaders have convinced 11 souls among them to go on a five-day hunger strike over the lack of a congressional vote on immigration reform.

Members of Fast 4 Families OC will be setting up a tent in downtown Brea so members of the public can meet the fasters and share prayers, view murals, hear musicians and participate in candlelight vigils each evening.

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Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, Immigration Lawyer, to be Arraigned in Fatal DUI Crash with Bicyclist

A Rancho Santa Margarita attorney who has been published about liberties denied due to closed deportation hearings is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of killing a bicyclist with her car while buzzing on prescription drugs.

Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 39, is charged with a felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated that could send her to state prison for four years with a conviction, according to prosecutors.

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