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  • Feinstein Compares Immigrant Children To Jews Fleeing Nazi Germany

    07/11/2014 5:16:17 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    CBS DC ^ | July 10, 2014 | CBS DC
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reportedly made a comparison between “boatloads of Jewish immigrants” turned away from the U.S. as they attempted escape from Nazi Germany during World War II and the current influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border today. As President Barack Obama met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican and Democratic officials to discuss the ongoing border crisis, Feinstein joined several Democrats in criticizing moves to deport thousands of Central American unaccompanied illegal children back to their respective countries, Boston.com reports. “I think we’d better think twice,” Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.,...
  • Immigrants weigh in on California driver license rules

    06/25/2014 4:03:32 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Bakersfield Now ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | AMY TAXIN,Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As California prepares to issue driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, residents sounded off Tuesday on what documents should be accepted as proof of identity and residency in the state. At a packed hearing in Los Angeles, scores of immigrants urged the Department of Motor Vehicles to expand the list of acceptable documents to include church and children's school records, which may be easier for some people to obtain. "As a homemaker, we don't get a membership card or a pay stub," said Martha Escandon, 42, whose Mexican immigrant family obtained legal papers in...
  • Momentum Builds To Repeal Calif. Ban On Public Benefits For Illegal Immigrants

    06/06/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 43 replies
    CBS Local ^ | June 5, 2014 | CBS Local
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 20-year-old California law that prohibits undocumented immigrants from accessing public healthcare, welfare and other benefits may soon be coming off the books. On Wednesday, State Senator Kevin de Leon joined other state lawmakers to introduce Senate Bill 396 (PDF), which calls for the repeal of Proposition 187 passed in 1994. Approved by 59 percent of California voters, Prop 187 – which marked the first time that any U.S. state passed legislation related to immigration – was aimed at saving state and local governments roughly $200 million due to reduced costs for public social services, health...
  • Calif. Taxpayers Funded Professors’ Meeting with Terrorists

    05/30/2014 10:34:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/30/14 | Adam Kredo
    San Francisco State University (SFSU) spent more than $7,000 to send two of its professors to the Middle East for a series of meetings with two convicted terrorists, according to funding documents obtained from a California Public Records Act. SFSU professors Rabab Abdulhadi and Joanne Barker were awarded the money by the university for a trip to Jordan and the West Bank where they met with two notorious terrorists tied to Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), both of which are designated as terrorist groups by the U.S. State Department. Abdulhadi, an ethnic studies professors,...
  • Viewpoints: Health care coverage for undocumented immigrants

    05/18/2014 11:37:34 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May. 17, 2014 - | Enrico Marcelli, Manuel Pastor and Steven P. Wallace
    Despite last fall being marred by a faltering federal website, the Affordable Care Act closed its first official enrollment period with unexpectedly high numbers. As usual, California led the way: the state achieved more than 1.4 million sign-ups on its insurance exchange, nearly 1 in 6 of the nation’s total. An additional 1.9 million are newly enrolled in Medi-Cal. California is now set to lead in another way: by closing the gap in coverage left when Congress decided to exclude undocumented immigrants from participating in either the insurance exchanges or the expansion of Medicaid benefits. The exclusion was largely a...
  • Mexican Says He Violated U.S. Immigration Laws Only To Be With His Three American Kids

    05/15/2014 8:15:48 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | May 14 2014 | R. Scott Moxley
    At the age of eight in 1987, Puebla, Mexico resident Lamberto Pedraza Sanchez saw his father abandon him to live in the United States. Two years later, Sanchez's mother joined her husband and left the boy with an aunt, who ordered him to quit school in the sixth grade, refused to allow him to play soccer and forced him to work on a farm. Without government permission, his parents brought him into the U.S. when he turned 14 years old and he still would be working Orange County menial jobs undetected by immigration officers if not for a family dispute....
  • Advocates: Reform can help immigrants fulfill their potential

    04/20/2014 9:04:52 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    recordnet ^ | April 20, 2014 | Dana M. Nichols
    STOCKTON - Immigrants feed California, and divide it. Immigrants and the children of immigrants are among California's most beloved heroes (think astronaut Jose Hernandez, who completed some of his early higher education at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton) and yet are often treated under federal laws as reviled outcasts. Immigration, particularly accelerating waves of immigration from Mexico in recent decades, has shaped California in profound ways, providing the human labor to boost economic growth, defining the way we see our ethnic identities and coloring our political debates. And now, just as Latinos have become the state's largest ethnic group,...
  • States work around Obamacare to help undocumented immigrants

    04/10/2014 9:25:30 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    12newsnow ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | Cindy Y. Rodriguez and Jaqueline Hurtado
    aira Murillo is just one of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country who was specifically excluded from signing up for the Affordable Care Act, but it wasn't until recently that she found a way around the system. "I didn't realize that as a DACA recipient, I would also be eligible to receive health insurance. It was thanks to a professor who told me and other undocumented students about our eligibility for Medi-Cal," Murillo told CNN en Español. Deferred status, or DACA, refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enacted in 2012. It grants some undocumented youths temporary...
  • Immigrants need mercy, justice, religious leaders at L.A. vigil say

    04/04/2014 8:38:32 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 4, 2014 | Kurt Streeter
    Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's immigration laws. Undocumented immigrants "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. archdiocese, described current laws as "totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children. "These are...
  • Demonstration Wednesday works to prevent impounding vehicles of illegal immigrants

    04/02/2014 8:26:52 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    .bakersfieldcalifornian ^ | Apr 02 2014 | RUTH BROWN
    When Delia "Dee" Dominguez's close friend had a vehicle impounded and was left stranded on the side of Kern Canyon Road she decided to take action. Police had taken the car because her friend, an undocumented immigrant, did not have a driver's license.It was that ordeal that inspired Dominguez to participate in a demonstration held Wednesday outside the offices of the Bakersfield Police Department. The demonstration was part of a statewide effort to create a moratorium on impounding the vehicles of unlicensed, illegal immigrants -- many of whom will be able to apply for licenses when a new law takes...
  • Earthquake: 4.1 quake strikes near Rowland Heights; felt over wide area

    03/29/2014 6:29:02 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 43 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ken Schwencke, Paloma Esquivel and Louis Sahagun March 29, 2014, 2:45 p.m. http://www.latimes.com/
    A shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon one mile from Rowland Heights, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:32 p.m. at a depth of 5.6 miles. (It was originally reported as a 4.4 magnitude.) Updated at 2:40 p.m. The quake was centered not far from the epicenter of Friday's 5.1 temblor in La Habra. There have been more than a hundred aftershocks since then, but this one was the largest.
  • California Driver’s License Program Hits an Unexpected Hurdle

    03/04/2014 8:07:11 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2014 | IAN LOVETT
    But one person after another stepped to the microphone and expressed fear that the licenses, far from helping them, could instead be used to deport them. Last year, when California became the most populous state to pass a law permitting undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, advocates for immigrant rights were thrilled, saying it would allow people to commute without fear while also decreasing rates of hit-and-run accidents and uninsured drivers on the roads. Now those advocates are confronting another formidable obstacle: the deep and longstanding mistrust of the American government among this population. It turns out that persuading immigrants...
  • Weird… California City of 150,000 Rolls Out Armored Death Machine Complete with Machine Gun Turret

    02/27/2014 10:35:47 AM PST · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-27-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Welcome to Salinas, California. It’s a community of only 150,000 people and the owner of the military assault death machine. That’s right, a city of less than a quarter million owns a rolling death machine complete with a machine gun turret on top. What the h-ll would they need that for? Here’s another shot of the armored monster. The Salinas Police Department made its new armored rescue vehicle available for public viewing on Tuesday in front of City Hall. Police said the ARV, acquired and customized at very low cost to the city, will provide protection and rescue capabilities to...
  • ONE THIRD of Californian town’s police force suspended after officers

    02/26/2014 11:54:21 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 29 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 26 February 2014 | DailyMail
    One third of a central Californian town's police force were taken off duty after several officers were arrested, U.S. authorities have revealed. Four detectives from King City in California were taken into custody yesterday and questioned regarding a scheme which involved the impounded cars of underprivileged Hispanics. The officers involved include the recently retired police chief and the acting chief. Two other officers were questioned on unrelated charges and have been placed on paid administrative leave, KSBW TV reported.There has been a significant breakdown in the internal leadership of the King City Police Department,' Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo...
  • 125,000 Immigrants Eligible for Medi-Cal Benefits Under Obamacare

    02/25/2014 11:12:01 AM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-25-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Joe Wilson was right. The South Carolina Congressman screamed, “You lie!” when Barack Obama told Americans the Affordable Care Act would not cover abortions or illegal immigrants. [video] Now we know – Obamacare covers illegal immigrants. 125,000 illegal immigrants will be eligible for free healthcare under Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid expansion. The LA Times reported: A new report shows that as many as 125,000 young California immigrants may qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules...
  • Report: 125,000 immigrants given deferred action eligible for Medi-Cal

    02/25/2014 9:42:26 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 25, 2014 | Soumya Karlamangla
    A new report shows that as many as 125,000 young California immigrants may qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules does offer coverage for those with "deferred action status." The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created by President Obama in 2012 to grant immigrants who came to the country illegally as children -- sometimes called Dreamers -- legal status and work authorization for two-year periods. Laurel Lucia, a policy analyst at the UC...
  • Land of Inequality: Government of elites, by elites, for elites.

    02/24/2014 6:49:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Troy Senik
    From the end of World War II until the 1990s, California possessed a magnetism unique among the 50 states. It was — according to a mythology that was probably overwrought even in those halcyon days — an American Eden, a place where ambition and unfettered imagination combined to make even the most exotic dreams seem feasible. One of the reasons that image was so enduring was that the state consistently delivered on the outsized expectations. It came to be the center of American entertainment, with “Hollywood” becoming a metonym for the entire industry. It fostered the digital revolution that would...
  • Other States May Follow California's Lead in Considering Coverage for Immigrants

    02/20/2014 9:15:48 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    californiahealthline.org ^ | February 20, 2014 | George Lauer,
    A bill introduced last week in the California Senate aimed at allowing undocumented immigrants to get health care through the state may be the first legislation of its kind in the country, but it probably won't be the last. Stalled immigration talks in Washington, D.C., suggest that states will have to continue forging their own path. SB 1005 proposed by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) would establish a program to provide health coverage for more than two million Californians expected to be left without insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Many -- but not all -- are undocumented immigrants who...
  • U.S.-Born Children Ask for Stop to Deportation of Parents

    02/18/2014 8:12:16 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 24 replies
    NBCLA ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | Steven Covelman and John Cádiz Klemack
    U.S.-born children of undocumented parents are asking President Barack Obama to stop deporting their mothers and fathers. Dozens of children, some with their parents and some without, gathered in Van Nuys Monday to urge for the end of deportation while immigration reform is debated. Many wrote letters to the president in the hopes that their messages would reach his desk and move him to act.
  • Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought [hypocrisy alert]

    02/17/2014 6:18:22 PM PST · by grundle · 12 replies
    Time ^ | February 17, 2014 | Zeke J. Miller
    After preaching shared sacrifice to assuage the California water shortage, Obama has played some of the country's thirstiest golf courses.Obama traveled to California Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water-shortage in decades. He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses. ... played at two of the most exclusive courses in the Palm Springs area. On Saturday, Obama played at the Sunnylands estate, built by the late billionaire Walter Annenberg... The...
  • Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought

    02/17/2014 6:13:44 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    TIME ^ | Feb. 17, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    After preaching shared sacrifice to assuage the California water shortage, Obama has played some of the country's thirstiest golf courses. Barack Obama traveled to California Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water-shortage in decades. He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses. Vacationing with DVDs of his favorite television shows and multiple golf outings with his buddies, the duffer-in-chief played at two of the most exclusive courses in the Palm...
  • Dental services are coming back for California's low-income adults

    02/16/2014 11:37:48 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/15/2014 | Daniela Hernandrez
    Jennifer Guintini was 23 when her teeth started falling out. A habit of sipping on Mountain Dew all day -- and later, a seven-year addiction to methamphetamine -- caused her teeth to rot away. "Any time I ate or drank anything, it would be a stabbing pain," recalled Guintini, an unemployed gas station worker.
  • Randy Alcorn: Our Tacit Acceptance of Illegal Immigration Only Invites More

    02/16/2014 12:37:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | 02.16.2014 | Randy Alcorn
    The proposed construction of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Santa Maria is being fervently and openly opposed there by Latino groups that are threatening lawsuits, strikes and continued public protests to prevent the building of the facility. These groups fear that a local ICE presence will facilitate the apprehension and deportation of the many illegal immigrants who reside in the area. In other words, they fear that immigration law will be enforced. The protesters are letting everyone know that they will not stand for it. It’s like mice, which have invaded your home, protesting the introduction of...
  • Did paying traffic ticket land man in deportation proceedings?

    02/13/2014 7:13:25 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Bakersfield Now ^ | Feb 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM PST Last Updated: Feb 12, 2014 at | Jose Gaspar, Eyewitness News
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing Immigration and Customs Enforcement of violating its commitment to no longer conduct enforcement actions at Kern County courthouses. "(ICE) is using information they gather from the courthouse and using that to conduct arrest and enforcement actions," said ACLU staff attorney Michael Kaufman. "That's exactly what ICE national told us they were going to stop doing." Luciano Sandoval, 41, of Bakersfield, went to pay a traffic citation on Feb. 3. Sandoval said that three days later, he was on his way to work early in the morning. The car he...
  • Alleged Molester Faces Life in Prison Santa Barbara Independent

    01/21/2014 12:07:24 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Independent ^ | January 21, 2014 | LYZ HOFFMAN
    Carpinteria resident Santos Guevara Oliva will be made to answer to charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, forcible rape of a child, and a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury to a child, ruled Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Teresa Estrada-Mullaney on Friday during Oliva’s preliminary hearing. According to the District Attorney’s Office, if Oliva is found guilty of the charges, he will be the first alleged child molester in Santa Barbara County — and only one of a few statewide — to face a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The counts...
  • Border Patrol agent's scuffle with undocumented immigrant caught on camera

    01/21/2014 9:01:01 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    KWKT ^ | January 20, 2014 | CNN
    SAN DIEGO, CA — The man who filmed the arrest of an illegal immigrant finds himself in trouble with the law. Jose Guzman says he caught the incident on camera because he felt authorities were going to far. However, authorities arrested him because of his camera work, Allison Ashe has the report. This is the video that's causing all the ruckus. It shows a Border Patrol agent on top of an undocumented worker as another man holds his feet. You can clearly see the agent jabbing the man's ribs with his knee and hitting him. It does not show what...
  • Yearning for briefs and fees

    01/12/2014 5:32:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    economist ^ | Jan 12th 2014 | D.R
    SERGIO GARCÍA was just ten years old when he decided to become a lawyer. On a visit to the mayor’s office in the Mexican town of Panindicuaro, he met the relatives of some inmates in the jail next door, who told him that prisoners were freed only if they paid a bribe. “I thought, ‘This isn’t right,’” he says. “'People should get the justice they deserve, not the justice they can afford. I’m going to defend these people one day’.” It would be 26 years before Mr García would achieve his dream. He entered the United States illegally in 1994,...
  • Don’t ‘shoot’ the messenger: Inside the educrats’ war on words

    01/12/2014 11:28:35 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    eagnews ^ | January 10, 2014 | MERRILL HOPE
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – News reports of frosted pop tart guns! Paper guns! Bubble guns! Pointed finger guns! Bang, bang, you’re dead! OMG! sound the alarm These days, everything’s a federal offense, so to speak, and no institution is ratcheting up the war-of-words like public education. This winter, public school administrators in Thousand Oaks, CA attended a “safe school” and “threat assessment” workshop, a collaboration of the local Ventura County Department of Education and the Ventura County Sheriffs where the education code was redefined to include a 21st Century list of words, phrases and expressions that can hurt. Literally. Yes,...
  • San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform

    01/09/2014 12:10:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 01/08/14, | Neil Nisperos,
    San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform at Mass in Rancho Cucamonga San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform at Mass in Rancho Cucamonga..RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The region’s Catholics will gather Sunday at Sacred Heart Church, 12704 Foothill Blvd., to celebrate the contribution migrants have played as parishioners in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The diocese, which covers San Bernardino and Riverside counties, will celebrate its eighth annual migration Mass at 12:30 p.m. at the church. The diocesan Mass concludes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ observance of National Migration Week. The diocese has...
  • Nearly 100 march in support of a change in immigration policies

    01/06/2014 7:36:27 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 27 replies
    Recordnet. ^ | January 06, 2014 | Kevin Parrish
    STOCKTON - Nearly 100 young people from six Catholic parishes peacefully sang songs, walked through the streets of downtown and prayed for immigration reform Sunday. They held a march in the late-afternoon hours from St. Mary's Church to Dean De Carli Waterfront Square as a way to begin National Immigration Week. "This is important because of we have a lot of families who are separated," said organizer José López, director of Pastoral Juvenil/Hispanic Youth, Young Adult & Migrant Ministries for the Diocese of Stockton. "For a lot of families, their kids are born in the United States. We want to...
  • Battle forms over new law on detention of migrants

    01/04/2014 7:01:37 PM PST · by moonshinner_09
    U-T San Diego ^ | JAN. 4, 2014 | y Gary Warth
    Discord over the TRUST Act, which limits when local authorities can detain unauthorized immigrants for federal agencies, is entering a new phase with the start of 2014. Supporters of the state measure are launching community-outreach campaigns, while opponents are redoubling their assertions that it rewards lawbreakers and usurps federal powers. The TRUST (Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools) Act, which took effect Wednesday, is one of two such laws in the United States. The other, in Connecticut, went into effect on the same day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California’s measure narrows the scope of Secure Communities,...
  • California illegal immigrants can get law license, state Supreme Court rules

    Citing a new state law allowing illegal immigrants to get their law licenses, the California Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for a Chico man to fulfill his dream of becoming an attorney despite his not being a U.S. citizen. In a unanimous ruling, the state Supreme Court determined there is no reason to block Sergio Garcia's bid for a California law license, now that a new law permits the state's high court to give such licenses to immigrants who are not yet citizens. State legislators, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, pushed the legislation last fall as Garcia's case...
  • New immigration laws split America in two

    12/30/2013 5:30:31 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Benjy Sarlin
    It may come next week or maybe six months from now, but House Republicans will decisively determine whether to kill immigration reform or make a real attempt at passing it. No one would be surprised if Speaker John Boehner chose the former option. But the longer Boehner takes to decide, the more ground he cedes to states dominated by single party politics and eager to craft immigration laws in the face of a crippled Congress. Congressional inaction has left millions of families increasingly living in two parallel universes. Republican-run states turn cops into border patrol agents and cut undocumented immigrants...
  • Cops to Use Portable Drug Test at New Year's DUI Checkpoints

    12/30/2013 1:05:39 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    NBC Southern California ^ | Dec. 27, 2013 | Ted Chen and Andrew Lopez
    Authorities plan to crack down on impaired drivers – either drunk or under the influence of drugs – using new DUI technology this New Year’s holiday. A state grant will allow Los Angeles police officers to expand its use of swab testing at DUI checkpoints and jails to check for narcotics use, city officials announced at a press conference on Friday.The grant comes at an opportune time as authorities said they are seeing more incidents of motorists driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said the prevalence of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout...
  • Santa Cruz District Attorney Says "Convicted Child Molester Now Free to Victimize Other Children"

    12/13/2013 6:05:31 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    KIONrightnow.com ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | Ricardo Navarro
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- "A convicted child molester is now free to victimize other children." That's the message from Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee. The D.A.'s office says a clerical error at the Santa Cruz County Jail led to the suspect being handed over to immigration, then deported. 38-year-old Jorge Antonio Pallares was convicted on October 11, for committing a lewd act on a 13-year-old girl in Watsonville. The judge ordered he be detained in jail until sentencing scheduled for December 12. However, according to the D.A.'s office, five days after Pallares' conviction, on October 16, an officer...
  • Gang member accused of killing 6-year-old girl due in court

    12/13/2013 9:17:27 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 13, 2013 | Kate Mather
    A documented gang member accused of fatally shooting a 6-year-old girl in Moreno Valley is due to appear in court Friday for a preliminary hearing, prosecutors said. Keandre Narkie Johnson, 21, has been charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang, along with special circumstance allegations. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Johnson is due to appear at the Riverside Hall of Justice at 8:30 a.m. Prosecutors allege it was Johnson who opened fire Sept. 7 on a group of people gathered near a garage at a Moreno Valley home,...
  • U.S. citizen born in Mexico sues state prisons over job rejection

    12/10/2013 9:23:05 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    .latimes.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Kate Linthicum
  • Affordable Care Act still doesn’t address illegal immigrants

    11/28/2013 4:26:40 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 24 replies
    presstelegram.com ^ | 11/28/13 | Jasmine Brown,
    Washington >> No matter how successfully President Obama remedies the Affordable Care Act, more than a million California residents will be unable to purchase insurance. That’s because undocumented immigrants, who make up roughly one-seventh of the 7 million people in the state without insurance, are explicitly excluded from participating in the insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The restriction leaves some of the state’s poorest residents without access to enhanced health care. And it complicates enrollment for thousands of mixed families with U.S. born children and undocumented parents. The exclusion eliminates a sizeable group...
  • Immigration Reform Rally Held in San Jose

    11/27/2013 8:10:37 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    nbcbayarea ^ | Nov 27, 2013 | Bay City News
    About 100 people attended a rally in San Jose Wednesday morning with a symbolic Thanksgiving Day feast to call attention to families being separated by deportations and the need to reform current U.S. immigration laws. The rally, organized by the immigrant advocacy group SIREN -- Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network -- took place on a lawn outside the San Jose office of the Department of Homeland Security along busy Monterey Highway. A long table was set, with a turkey and Thanksgiving holiday decorations, with small signs in front of chairs such as "Mother," "Daughter" and "Father (Deported)," to illustrate...
  • "Unruly" Crowd Attacks Border Patrol Agents

    11/26/2013 9:16:50 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | Christina London
    A crowd of more than 100 people pelted Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles as they tried to cross into the U.S. illegally, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The incident happened Sunday in the Tijuana River channel, near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. According to CBP, a Border Patrol agent ordered the Mexican nationals to stop, but they continued walking into the U.S. Officials said the agent fired a PepperBall Launcher, but it did not deter the crowd. “They had their phones out so this group was out to spark an incident. That's what they wanted...
  • Human Rights Group Calls to End Moratorium on Car Impounding

    11/06/2013 7:25:00 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    atvn.org ^ | November 6, 2013 | Hannah Button
    Marchers gathered in front of the East L.A. Sheriff's Station Wednesday morning to protest against what they consider racial profiling in regard to illegal drivers. Protesers are upset that until a new law goes into effect in January 2015, granting undocumented immigrants driver's licenses, those drivers could still be fined and have their vehicles impounded. Human rights advocates and California immigrants at Wednesday's protest called for L.A. County to stop impounding vehicles. Governor Jerry Brown signed the new law, known as AB60, on October 3. It will also make drivers eligible for insurance and training for written and driving tests...
  • Jailed illegal immigrants: Santa Clara County sticks with lenient policy

    11/06/2013 4:12:37 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 11/05/2013 | Tracey Kaplan
    SAN JOSE -- After listening Tuesday to more than 60 impassioned activists, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to stick to the status quo on immigration, rejecting a proposal to turn over jailed illegal immigrants with a history of serious or violent crime to federal agents for possible deportation. The proposal by Supervisor Joe Simitian to change the current policy and hold "the worst of the worst" inmates for 24 hours past their release date failed on a 3-2 vote. Only Supervisor Mike Wasserman, who opposed the no-holds policy two years ago on the grounds that public safety...
  • Deputy who shot and killed toy gun-carrying teen, 13, allegedly pulled gun

    11/03/2013 8:18:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 348 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 3 November 2013 | STEVE NOLAN
    Deputy who shot and killed toy gun-carrying teen, 13, allegedly pulled gun Deputy who shot and killed toy gun-carrying teen, 13, allegedly pulled gun on a driver during traffic stop two months earlier A driver has come forward saying the deputy who shot dead a 13-year-old California boy after mistaking his fake AK-47 as real pulled a gun on him also, after he failed to signal a lane change during a carpool. Jeff Westbrook, 57, of Santa Rosa said he was mistreated by Deputy Erick Gelhaus after being pulled over Aug. 21 in Cotati, so much so that at one...
  • Man Caught with Bomb-Making Materials Trying to Board LAX-Bound Flight

    10/29/2013 6:23:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Marina del Rey Patch ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Craign Clough
    Antony Piazza is stopped at Pierre Trudeau Airport during security screening early Sunday morning. Piazza was stopped at Pierre Trudeau Airport during security screening early Sunday morning when bomb components -- but no actual explosives -- were found in his carry-on luggage, and his duplex in the Montreal suburb of La Salle was searched, according to media reports from Montreal. Antony Piazza, who changed his name from Houshang Nazemi in 1986, ... A native of Tehran, Iran, Piazza moved to Canada in 1979. In 1985, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, according to CBC News...
  • Mother Arrested for Voluntary Manslaughter to Newborn

    10/18/2013 4:04:23 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    jrn.com/kmir6 ^ | Oct. 14, 2013 | Gitzel Puente
    MECCA - Authorities arrested 34-year-old Esmeralda Gonzalez Martinez from Thermal for voluntary manslaughter and willful harm to a child. She was identified as the mother of the deceased newborn found at Mecca Community Park on Coahuilla Street. Detectives from the Thermal Station and the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene Monday around 7:25 a.m. where they found a lifeless baby boy on the playground, next to the community center and Mecca Elementary School. They believe the boy was born and died at the location. Authorities also found Gonzalez Martinez at the scene, and she was transported to...
  • California school ban on U.S. flag on T-shirts heads to appeals

    10/17/2013 7:08:39 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | , October 17, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A Northern California school that banned a handful of students from wearing T-shirts that showcased the U.S. flag on the Hispanic-based holiday, Cinco de Mayo day, is headed to court Thursday, to defend their order that the now-graduated individuals go home and change. The school’s argument during the 2010 matter was that racial tensions and gang problems plagued the student body at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, located 20 miles outside of San Jose, The Associated Press reported.
  • CA’s Gov. Brown Signs Immigrant, Youth Bills

    10/17/2013 10:47:02 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    EDGE Boston ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | Seth Hemmelgarn
    Protections for people who entered the country illegally but don’t have documentation and for LGBT foster youth are among the bills California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law. Most of the bills are effective January 1. Among the pieces of legislation that Brown approved before the October 13 deadline was Assembly Bill 4, the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools Act - more commonly known as the TRUST Act. The bill, authored by gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), addresses issues with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s Secure Communities program, widely known as S-Comm. According to Ammiano,...
  • Undocumented immigrants may practice law under new California legislation

    10/15/2013 9:03:42 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | October 15, 2013 | Deborah Hastings
    Undocumented immigrants may practice law under new California legislation spurred by Sergio Garcia's long, tortured quest It was not Sergio Garcia's decision to head north. His father made that choice. He was 17 months old when a couple with U.S. citizenship carried him across the border from Mexico, pretending he was their baby. It had somehow been arranged by Garcia's father, Salvador, who was in Northern California eking out a living by picking almonds. "We were so poor in Mexico, my father decided to head north, to find the American dream," said Garcia, now 36, who still breaks into tears...
  • Widow sues for $50m after cops wrongly shot dead her husband in his bed in a mistaken meth lab raid

    10/12/2013 8:20:46 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 68 replies
    DAILY MAIL REPORTER ^ | 11 October 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    The wife of an 80-year-old man who was shot dead by deputies in a mistaken meth lab bust is suing the county for $50million, it emerged today. Eugene Mallory was shot six times in a June 27 raid by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who arrived at the property with a search warrant because it allegedly smelled of the ingredients used to make methamphetamine. No evidence of a meth lab was ever found at the Littlerock home but marijuana and marijuana-growing equipment were said to have been found. Police also found two guns on the property. The report says that...
  • A Fight for Asylum Raises Awareness for LGBT Detainees

    10/12/2013 7:51:08 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    voiceofoc.org ^ | October 11, 2013 | REX DALTON
    A plea for asylum by an HIV-positive transgender individual is providing a rare glimpse into the complexities of deportation cases and the harsh realities facing federal immigration detainees. Wilfrido “Perla" Lopez-Roque, who is an undocumented Mexican immigrant, has been detained in the Santa Ana Jail since being caught last year by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE at a freeway check in San Diego County. Most undocumented immigrants detained by federal officials are immediately deported under a “voluntary removal” process that sends them back to their country of origin. Some, such as Lopez-Roque, request a judicial hearing for asylum....