How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Hundreds at 'Occupy ICE' rally in downtown L.A.

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"Occupy ICE" protesters in Los Angeles, December 15, 2011

KPCC's Corey Moore reported on today's "Occupy ICE" protest in downtown Los Angeles, organized by labor, civil and immigrant rights groups. It's one of a slowly growing number of immigration-related Occupy protests, similar to one that took place in San Diego last month.

Hundreds joined the rally, according to the story, protesting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Secure Communities fingerprint-sharing enforcement program and the separation of mixed-status families as the federal government has carried out record numbers of deportations. A march concluded at the downtown federal building, where ICE has an office.

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More immigration-Occupy synergy as 'Occupy ICE' comes to L.A.

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A sign at the Occupy L.A. camp, October 2011

Several posts lately have explored the immigrant rights component of the Occupy movement, at least in California, where Occupy protesters in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego have counted immigration among the many issues they've taken up.

Last month, protesters in San Diego mounted an “Occupy ICE” rally organized by the local janitors' union. The Service Employees International Union has joined with with other labor, civil and immigrant rights groups to do the same in Los Angeles today, with a march to the downtown federal building, which houses a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

In spite of recent immigration-related Occupy protests in New York and Alabama, perhaps nowhere has the Occupy movement - initially accused of being too white - been as involved with immigrant rights activism as in California. Late last month, as police prepared to remove the protesters' camp outside City Hall, Occupy Los Angeles leaders put together and posted a list of “grievances not addressed” that included this request: