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Immigration protesters target South Coast Plaza; 12 arrested

Protesters bound themselves together with duct tape and blocked a busy intersection at South Coast Plaza on Monday in a display of opposition to Costa Mesa's official refusal to be a  "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants.

Costa Mesa police arrested 12 demonstrators.  It was the most high-profile protest yet in Costa Mesa after the City Council approved the "rule-of-law" resolution, seen as a sign of support for Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration.

The protesters, taped to one another and to the plastic chairs in which they were seated, were arrayed around a table in the middle of the busy intersection of Bristol Street and Anton Boulevard at around 3 p.m, blocking an entrance to the upscale shopping mall.

About 200 others chanted from the street corners, some beating drums and waving signs.

“The leaders of Costa Mesa are keeping us from immigration reform,” Angelica Salas, 39, one of the protesters who was arrested to the Daily Pilot. She sat at the head of the table, sweating under the afternoon sun. “They should be fighting for reform and not standing in the way.”

Read the full story and see video here.

-- Mike Reicher, reporting for The Times' community papers
 
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The illegals have soooo much to lose.....they get one super deal when they come here illegally (10 x salary increase, free top schooling for all kids, free bfast + lunch at schools, free world class med care...and on and on.....)

No wonder they're screaming and protesting!!!!

These protesters are basically anarchist. Their goal is lawlessness and no government like in Mexico.

These criminals should have their citizenship revoked and then deported back to their beloved homelands,Deportation,Deportation,Si se puede,Si se puede!!!!!

It is time for us to wake up and confront those illegals who always claim to be victims of racial profiling. They know exactly that entering this country illegally is wrong, wrong, wrong. I applaud the cities of Costa mesa, Yorba Linda and Orange pioneering the anti illegals movement.

Its increasing desperation right out of the La Raza /Open Borders playbook to make themselves as much of a public nuisance as possible in their demands that the 12-30 million illegals get Amnesty!
Go Arizona! Go Costa Mesa! Where laws on the books get enforced.

Yeah keep blocking California traffic and see how much support you'll receive. Use your heads!!!!

These protesters are screaming for Costa Mesa to become a sanctuary city for ILLEGAL activity? How on earth did it come to this? What other country on earth can you demand rights for ILLEGAL immigrants and have people actually listen and agree??? This is crazy and the more it goes on the more I think they should all just go home and put this effort into their own country!!!!!

Free world class med care and free top schooling...now I know this isn't a reference to schools in California nor the hospitals. I got to experience Costa Mesa's ER and well nothing top notch about that hospital. I got better care in Duarte and didn't have to deal with an ER physician trying to figure out my mystery pain. Mystery to him not me.

Yes illegals come to the U.S. for a better life but guess what they are actually working too and paying taxes...they do their part too. They maybe getting higher salaries in comparison to where they are originally from, but U.S. companies take advantage and don't pay them the salaries based on the work. The whole system is screwed up and what AZ is doing is just simply wrong.

Why dont they protest the Mexican Government, about the lawlessness and corruption in Mexico and the other Latin countries, that causes them to come here? It drives me crazy that people have the nerve to protest for rights, they dont have?

If you want to know what they really want: LOOK AT MEXICO, a tangible expression of NO RULES, NO LAWS, NO COMMON SENSE NEED BE APPLIED!

Real immigration reform = complete enforcement of our laws and no legalization of the foreigners who have broken our laws.

80% of Americans support AZ's law.

No one in America is above the law. No one.

What the protesters did was illegal - they did not get the proper permits to shut down a major intersection for the day. Does it shock anyone that the "protest" was to support illegal activity?
You should be arrested for blocking streets - you could get killed taping yourself to a plastic chair and sitting in front of cars. Although maybe this is just Darwin's natural selection at work.
Good lord.

The more they protest, the more they demand preferential immigration treatment for lawbreakers, the more Americans become determined that our laws be enforced and there will be no legalization.

These protesters should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

How dare they come to this country and DEMAND anything? Why didn't you DEMAND things in your own country????

GOOD FOR COSTA MESA!

NO to sanctuary cities..it's ridiculous that we should even have to know what a sanctuary city is!

To those who come here illegally...there is NO WAY you are going to turn our (legal immigrants) country into the lawless countries that you hail from! We are not a third world, uneducated country, and this country will not be pulled down to your level.

We have laws...laws are made to be adhered to and if you don't like it....go back to the country in which you came...I'm sure they would be happy to have you home where you belong!

Everyone should know full well that the Obama administration fully intends to grant amnesty to the millions of illegals without first closing the borders.

I don't get it...these protesters support illegal immigration? Might as well tape yourself up at the border demanding the U.S. Border Patrol to disband. Let the flooding of illegals begin! Imagine how the Home Depot parking lots will look.

COSTA MESA,Good for you,You are BACKED by the silent majority, To become a american you must comply with ALL of Americas Laws

The more they protest more people support the Arizona Bill...So please keep on protesting.. and don't forget to bring your Mexican flags with you...keep on DEMANDING what is not yours to ever have..March down every street in every state...Soon then we will have all the numbers we need...

Any of you folks would consider amnesty?


Is it true that City of Los Angeles is planning to do the same?

Look at LAPDS most wanted list. 169 are Hispanic, out of 206. They are wanted for murder, sex crimes,robbery,assault. I wonder how many are illegal aliens. Wake up California residents. Get these people out of our beautiful state.We need to fight these kinds from becoming citizens and making the millions from illegal citizenship

These people that protest do not care about their city, obviously because of what they do to their city.

What is the argument here? every single alien "BROKE THE LAW!" Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 20 to 30 million criminals which is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. They allow the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care, the invaders break numerous laws,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture & standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!

This is well articulated... CM is being targeted for 'our' refusal to be a sanctuary city. It's a strange reality, indeed, when a city must actually announce and declare it will uphold reasonable and rational laws. Then again, the federal government fails to do so.


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