Immigrant Rights

OC Weekly: Undocumented Youth Came Out of the Shadows and Onto the Streets in SanTana

In the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s cruel xenophobia, Orange County Immigrant Youth United, Resilience Orange County, Korean Resource Center, and Chispa partnered for a local “Coming out of the Shadows” effort on Friday. We convened at Sasscer Park (aka Black Panther Park) and were joined by community members that stand with immigrant rights and all its intersections. From there, we marched up Calle Cuatro chanting and calling more community members to join us. 

OC Register: DACA advocates rally in L.A., Irvine, across country

The beating of Korean drums drowned out chants of “Yes, we can!” Monday evening, as immigrants right activists and people in favor of tougher immigration laws both protested outside the Irvine office of Rep. Mimi  Walters. More than 150 pro-immigration activists noisily chanted, cheered and marched while a smaller group carrying signs with messages like “No DACA, Americans First” marched alongside, sometimes videotaping the protesters. A Facebook feed of the event was provided by the Korean Resource Center, a social justice organization in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

The Hill: Durbin: Majority of Senate will support DACA deal

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Wednesday evening that a bipartisan immigration agreement has the support of a majority of the Senate. "The math is simple. We have 56 senators ready to move forward with this issue," he said. Four GOP senators signed onto the "Gang of Six" proposal. In addition to GOP Sens. Linsey Graham (S.C.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) — who negotiated the deal — that brings the total number of Senate Republicans supporting the agreement to seven.

The Hill: Judge blocks Trump move to end DACA

A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects certain immigrants from deportation. As a result, DACA recipients who failed to renew their status by last year’s deadline will have a chance to submit renewal applications. The decision does not, however, allow new applications to be submitted.

AAPI Youth Demand In-Person Meeting with Sen. Schumer

AAPI community members visited Senator Schumer’s office to ask for a stronger commitment to passing a clean DREAM Act this year in his role as Democratic Minority Leader. Upon entering Schumer’s office, the community members commenced a “Sing-In” with holiday themed protest songs to demonstrate a sense of urgency to Senator Schumer. Following the “Sing-In,” two senior staff from the Senator’s office met with the AAPI contingent and provided a space for them to voice their concerns.

200 Immigrants Converge on Capitol Hill for Civil Disobedience

Nearly 5,000 undocumented young people, immigrant rights advocates, and faith leaders congregated today at 12:00 PM at the Upper Senate Park for a rally in support of a clean DREAM Act and permanent solution for Temporary Protected Status. Events included: stories from directly impacted people, calls to action by members of Congress, and a civil disobedience on the steps of Capitol Hill resulting in the arrest of Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman Luis Gutierrez and 182 individuals, five from NAKASEC.

OC Register: DACA recipients turn up the pressure on Mimi Walters, local Congress members

Walters and Royce, whose districts both have public universities and and community colleges, have been particularly targeted by activists. Their districts have considerable Latino and Asian populations, which are among the most fervent supporters of DACA. Royce’s district is 34 percent Latino and 32 percent Asian. Walters’ district is 18 percent Latino and 44 percent Asian. The Korean Resource Center has co-sponsored the three DACA demonstrations at Walters’ office this month, as well as last month’s rally at UC Irvine. “KRC has focused more on Walters because she hasn’t taken a stance (yet) on citizenship and she represents a district with a large number of DACA eligible young people,” said Kim, who is hoping Walters can be persuaded to support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. Royce has said he favors allowing those currently protected by the program to remain legally in the country, but opposes a path to citizenship.