Check out “Deport This!” A Partnership Column with OC Weekly and OC Immigrant Youth United!

Last March, I joined Denise de la Cruz and tallest Mexican in Orange County, Gabriel San Roman, to talk immigration for OC Weekly’s OC Speakly podcast. We were a few months into Trump’s presidency. I remember feeling dazed. By this point Trump had rubber stamped Steve Bannon’s first Muslim Ban, Jeff Sessions started putting out […]

OC Human Relations Honoring Sheriff Hutchens is a Slap in the Face to All Who Believe in Justice

I thought it was April Fools again when I learned that OC Human Relations will honor Orange County Sheriff, Sandra Hutchens, at its Annual AWARDS Celebration and Fundraiser.   Unfortunately this isn’t an elaborate practical joke. On May 3rd, OC Human Relations will really honor a Sheriff whose greatest claims to fame are running an […]

Liberal Cities Must Respond to Attacks Against Sanctuary by Defending and Strengthening It

Last week, the City of Los Alamitos in Orange County took the first step in passing an ordinance to exempt itself from the California Values Act, the state’s sanctuary law. The council also lent its support to Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit against California with an amicus brief, a legal document designed to offer additional information for […]

Los Alamitos Puts Itself on the Wrong Side of History With Attempt to Undermine Sanctuary Law

Tonight, the Los Alamitos City Council is set to consider an ordinance designed with the intention of opting the city out of the California Values Act, our state’s Sanctuary law. This ordinance is missguided, based on a bad interpretation of immigration law, and must be rejected.   Under the Tenth Amendment, California has the right […]

The Supreme Court Just Sided With Trump to Take Away Rights from Immigrants

On Monday February 27th, the Supreme Court handed ICE and the Trump Administration a powerful tool to continue their attacks on immigrant communities.  In Jennings v. Rodriguez the Court ruled that ICE can detain immigrants indefinitely, withdrawing the right to due process for millions. The decision ensures that people held in immigrant detention facilities no […]