Is immigration starting to become an 'Occupy' issue? It seems to be, at least this week. Earlier in the week, the arrest of Mexican-born former graduate student Francisco "Pancho Ramos-Stierle as he meditated during an Occupy Oakland protest landed him in the custody of immigration officials. This prompted fellow protesters and supporters to get involved in a campaign to free him - and to learn a bit about the immigration system in the process.
Ramos-Stierle was released pending a deportation hearing. But farther south, protesters mounted an "Occupy ICE" rally yesterday, marching through downtown San Diego to the federal building where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has its local headquarters. Many of the protesters were unionized janitors and their supporters. What some were saying, according to a Fronteras Desk story from KPBS in San Diego: