Immigrant rights activists gathered in downtown Laguna Beach early today to denounce the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
About 20 people from various community groups and religious organizations in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas held signs and handed out Spanish-language materials June 25 at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot on Broadway.
The early-morning protest was organized to counter a rumored Border Patrol sting targeting employees getting off buses to work in Laguna.
No Border Patrol or immigration officials were seen at the depot. Border Patrol agents have been active in Laguna Beach due to a spate of beach landings.
The attendees carried signs reading "Stop Illegal Search & Seizure" and "Stop Racial Profiling," among other messages.
Mary Dolphin brought Spanish-language materials she obtained from the National Immigration Law Center. The fliers advised people who were stopped by immigration authorities that they did not have to answer questions or reveal their immigration status, and to tell the agents they wanted an attorney.