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

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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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OC May Day Marches to Fight for Immigrant and Worker Rights!

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Many countries around the world celebrate May 1st as International Workers' Day. Though the holiday's origins trace back to the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, the United States--in another example of American exceptionalism--shrugs its own history aside and tells its workers to clock in! In recent years, though, the immigrant rights movement revived May Day from coast to coast, even in Orange County.

To mark the occasion this year, two coalitions will host marches on Friday in Anaheim and SanTana. Both are calling for immigrant and worker rights in their own way.

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NBFF 2015: Los Olvidados Showcases Extraordinary Cardboard Mexicans

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Los Olvidados

Back in 2013, I reviewed Ramiro Gomez, Jr.'s extraordinary artwork that finds him either painting working-class Latinos into photos of ritzy homes, or has him put up cardboard cutouts of said trabajadores in ritzy communities. The star of the piece, though, was Los Olvidados, which depicted a group of migrants mourning the loss of one of their own who didn't survive the brutal journey across the U.S.-Mexico border. That installation took up an entire room of Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Arts Center, and included was a panorama-sized photo of Los Olvidados in the Arizona desert.

That particular installation got a short film made about it, and it'll screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival twice this week.

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Why Are Santa Ana's Gentrifiers So Afraid of 4th Street's Quinceañera Shops? UPDATE

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Not as scary for gentrifiers because the dress doesn't have that many ruffles...

UPDATE, 3:11 P.M.: Talked to Quinn, and he said he "respects" all the businesses in downtown SanTana, old-school and New Wave and quinceañera shops included. Regarding his quote, Quinn said he was talking theoretically about why some businesses might thrive in the area while others close, and used quinceañera shops as a general example; he never meant to single them out. Good conversation between us, and we're going to meet in-person next week so I can interview him about his feelings on what's happening downtown because that's what journalism and being a good neighbor is about, right? Stay tuned...

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Santa Ana's Miguel Pulido Rides Alone in Orange County as Immigration Reform Signee

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Lone horseman Don Papi Pulido
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is the only Orange County official who has joined 70 mayors and state representatives across the country in signing a statement released Monday calling for an end to the delay in implementation of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

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