SANTA ANA, CA -- Several of Santa Ana's poorest
working class Mexican neighborhoods suddenly found
themselves under a state of siege last night when an
estimated two hundred Santa Ana police officers,
Orange County Sheriff's deputies, and California
Highway patrolmen descended into the area and
squelched a peaceful protest near the intersection of
Bristol and McFadden Streets.
More than 700 people had assembled about a quarter
mile away to express their opposition to legislation
passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in
December that would criminalize undocumented workers.
The demonstration was peaceful and festive as people
carried flags, signs, and wore clothing symbolizing
their Mexican heritage. The street was flooded with
cars honking their horns.
Things took a turn for the worse when Santa Ana
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by Duane J. Roberts