U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces New Use-of-Force Review Process: Update

UPDATE: Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, just today announced that the agency will implement a unified, formal review process for use-of-force incidents. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson also announced a new delegation of criminal misconduct investigative authority to hold CBP personnel accountable. Representatives of the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights, the Southern Border Communities Coalition, Border Action Network of Arizona and the ACLU of Texas welcomed these moves toward greater transparency but also noted there has been no disciplinary action taken for use-of-force incidents that have resulted in at least 29 deaths since 2010.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are on the move.

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) engages in unlawful excessive use of force and lacks accountability and transparency, according to a report to the United Nations by the UC Irvine School of Law's International Justice Clinic.

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The Dream is Now, Immigration Reform Film, Screens Locally with Panel Discussions

Davis Guggenheim's The Dream is Now launched a movement, a hashtag and a dot-org.

A documentary short calling for the repair of "America's broken immigration system" begins the first of two Sunday screenings during September in Orange County this weekend.

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Immigration Authorities Obstructed Justice For Man Clobbered By SAPD: DOJ Complaint

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Officer Booker punching away...
Edgar Vargas Arzate was on his way to his August 18 court date for a previous run-in with police when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stopped their car and nabbed the undocumented immigrant at gun point. Now, Arzate's public defender, Frank Bittar, has formally requested an investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the ICE arrest alleging it was an obstruction of justice.

But the complaint doesn't stop there. As readers recall, Vargas appeared to be surrendering when cornered by Santa Ana police on the night of June 20. Cops pounded him with fists, batons and Tasers as he laid face-down on the driveway. Home surveillance cameras caught the incident in a viral video. Police arrested Vargas on suspicion of attempted burglary. He had every intention of fighting the charges until ICE detained him right before his preliminary hearing.

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Lights AREN'T on and No One's Home When Immigration Activists Visit Ed Royce's Office

See the update at the end of this post on protesters arriving to Rep. Ed Royce's empty office, the sign that was left on the door for them and the messages they left for the congressman.

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Immigration-reform protesters block a road outside Rep. Ed Royce's office on June 27.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 28, 6:05 A.M.: If you thought the arrest of seven people in June outside the Brea district office of Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) would prevent protesters demanding immigration reform from returning this morning to show solidarity with a larger demonstration in Washington, D.C., think again.

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Orly Taitz Border-Crosser Lawsuit in Texas Allowed to Proceed ... With Major Conditions

See the update at the end of this post on the judge allowing Orly Taitz's suit to move forward--with major conditions.

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Orly Taitz shown in 2009 with documents alleging Barack Obama was born outside U.S.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 6:31 A.M.: Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real-estate saleslady/Three Wishes Keks Orly Taitz is hailing a federal judge granting her motion to subpoena four Border Patrol agents to testify today in her "emergency" challenge to the U.S. government transporting undocumented immigrants from South Texas to California and other states.

But the Queen of the Birfers may have tipped off in a letter to the office of vehemently anti-immigrant Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) that she "shopped" for a Brownsville jurist most sensitive to her cause.

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Samuel Sixtos-Gomez Starts Hunger Strike in Hopes of Being Released From ICE Detention

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After eating breakfast yesterday, 25-year-old Samuel Sixtos-Gomez started a hunger strike at the Adelanto Detention Center, vowing to fast until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) releases him from custody.

A press conference timed with the start of the hunger strike was held outside the SanTana ICE office with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez staffer Gus Castellanos, RAIZ organizer Avila Clara and Samuel's mother Martha Sixtos speaking out on the case. The California Latino Legislative Caucus, State Senator Lou Correa and Santa Ana councilman David Benavides all contributed letters of support.

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Federal Judge Sets Hearing Date for Orly Taitz's Border-Crosser "Emergency Request:" Update

See Update No. 2 on Page 2 about a federal judge in Texas setting a hearing date for Orly Taitz's "emergency request" aimed at border crossers. Update No. 1 is on the Department of Justice's response to Taitz.

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Orly "I Get Allergic Smelling Hay" Taitz among her peeps.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 9:05 A.M.: Texas likes to brag about wooing businesses away from California, so you're welcome, Rick Perry, for the Lone Star State's latest plucking from the Golden State: an Orly Taitz lawsuit.

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Border Wars: Crystal Cove Panga'd; Irvine Becomes Murrieta; Rohrabacher Backs Boehner

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Irvine becomes Murrieta for a second time this weekend.

As if on cue, a panga presumed to have carried undocumented immigrants (but no drugs this time) was found abandoned at Crystal Cove State Beach Thursday morning--providing yet more fodder for folks holding what they call "another planned National Anti-Immigration Protest" in Irvine Saturday afternoon.

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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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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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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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