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

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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

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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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U.S. Coast Guard Intercepts Mexican Human Smuggling Operation Near Dana Point

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haddock
A late June United States Coast Guard (USCG) surveillance operation resulted this month in a federal grand jury indictment of two Mexicans for conspiring "to bring aliens" into Southern California on a panga boat.

Using advanced technology, USCG officers spotted an unidentified vessel traveling north off the coast of San Diego at 2 a.m. on June 22. About 100 minutes later, two agency cutters--the Haddock and Sea Lion--intercepted the boat without incident 16 nautical miles west of Dana Point.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) investigation determined that two of the 11 foreign nationals on the boat--Artemio Guzman-Lopez and Fabian Reyes-Rosas--participated in the smuggling operation that originated in the Tijuana area and charged fellow Mexicans amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per person to make the voyage.

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What REALLY Happened During the Ann Coulter Protest? UPDATE

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Protesters rip up my copy of Ann Coulter's ¡Adios, America!

See our slideshow of the Ann Coulter protest here!

Update #1, July 3, 8:41 a.m.: Right-wing websites are busy smearing protesters who challenged Ann Coulter's book signing this week at Costa Mesa's Barnes & Noble. The she-devil herself spoke to Breitbart saying, "As long as they were destroying books and screaming in a book store, they weren't molesting any 4-year-olds." Oh, buuuurn!

But the maligning doesn't stop there. A pair of blog posts put out preposterous claims that Coulter originally planned a talk but chose a signing out of security fears. Protesters were also said to have tried to assault the author before being turned away. Another lie holds that the crowd spit at Coulter's fans when they exited the bookstore.

None of it is true.

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Should Anyone Care That Ann Coulter Hawks Her Latest Polemic in Costa Mesa TOMORROW?

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Hot on the shelves!

I may be going out on a limb here, because I have yet to read Ann Coulter's new book (or, come to think of it, any Ann Coulter book), but other than the upside down exclamation marks before the titles and right side up exclamation marks after, her ¡Adios, America! and The Mexican-in-Chief's ¡Ask a Mexican! book and columns take far different views of U.S. immigration policy.

The pair of authors do have this in common: both will be in Costa Mesa Wednesday.

Gustavo will be here at Weekly HQ, putting the final touches on the latest edition of the best alternative newsweekly in all the land (that's for sale).

Coulter will be pimping ¡Adios, America! at the local Barnes & Noble Booksellers, where a crowd is expected ... to protest her. (They likely won't be able to get as close at Coulter's July 13 gig at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.)

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Activists Protest Treatment of Transgendered Immigrants in ICE Jails; Arrests Ensue

Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Shutting down the intersection!
Queer and trans activists took to the streets of Santa Ana earlier this morning demanding the release of transgender immigrant detainees. They effectively shut down the intersection of Civic Center Drive and Flower Street by having activists chained to each other while others walked around them, chanting slogans. It was a a lot of fun until killjoy SanTana police dressed in riot gear declared an unlawful assembly.

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Costa Mesa Church Hosts SUNDAY Fund-raiser for Families of Immigrants in Federal Detention

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Their families need help, too.
A Costa Mesa church on Sunday afternoon hosts the launch of a nonprofit campaign to raise financial assistance for the families of those held in immigration-detention facilities.

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Angels Fans Dress as "Mexicans" with Approval of Part-Time Mexican Owner Arte Moreno

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Let's see them pull this shit in SanTana...

Since your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim can't be expected to set any legitimate baseball records anymore (save for the extraordinary Mike Trout), the organization is reduced to passing out free hats and achieving glory that way. Yesterday, about 25,000 fans wore sombreros on Cinco de Mayo, thereby shattering the Guinness Book of World Records entry for the largest gathering of people wearing the Mexican hat. The Halos put that in their trophy case alongside previous achievements such as biggest gathering of people wearing Santa hats, cowboy hats, wigs, and worst free-agent signing.

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