Anaheim City Council Rejects Brandman’s Call to Have President End Deportations

Jordan Brandman

Jordan Brandman

There’s only one Democrat on the Anaheim City Council and last Tuesday’s City Council meeting proved it as the four Republicans on the council rejected Council member Jordan Brandman’s proposal to have to city communicate to President Obama a desire to end deportations of undocumented immigrants in the city.  The proposal Brandman offered was almost identical to one adopted in last month by the Los Angeles City Council and supported by 29 Congressional Democrats, according to the Los Angeles Times.

From the story in the LA Times:

“Brandman’s resolution called on the city to write a letter asking Obama to expand the deferred action program to include all undocumented immigrants without serious criminal histories.

The program, which was announced by Obama in June 2012, has allowed hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally.

In response to a protester calling on him to end deportations, Obama said in November he does not have the power to do so.

Brandman said he decided to push the resolution after he was approached by local labor groups, including Teamsters Local 952, the SEIU and Justice for Janitors.”

From the dais, Tait said:  “To ask a president to ignore a law, to ignore an oath that he took, I don’t think it’s good for a mayor to do that.”

Instead, the council adopted  a position to restate a resolution they passed in 2013 that supports immigration reform that includes a path to residency and/or citizenship for undocumented immigrants here today.

  34 comments for “Anaheim City Council Rejects Brandman’s Call to Have President End Deportations

  1. Jason Young
    January 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Is this the same Jordan Brandman who appointed known anti-immigrant activist Amanda Edinger to the CAC?

    • January 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Joint appointment with Kring. I believe Edinger may have been the only applicant but I am not certain. Tell me Jason, does your criminal record disqualify you from ever being appointed to any governmental position?

      • January 31, 2014 at 6:07 am


        I don’t really see the relevance of an unrelated personal matter of Jason’s is relevant to this topic. At a minimum, that portion of your response is personal attack that in my humble opinion adds nothing to discussion of the topic at hand.

        • January 31, 2014 at 10:56 am

          Jason routinely dives into the past of anyone who opposes the Tait regime; what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

          While I disagree with the Facebook utterings of Ms. Edinger, her work on the CAC is pretty much over. She is one member in a rather large committee so her impact and opinion is clearly in the minority. That said, anti-immigrant speech is less offensive to me than a hypocrite with a criminal record who sits in moral judgment of those who oppose a Mayor he sees no fault with.

    • January 31, 2014 at 6:10 am

      Yes Jason, it is that same Jordan, but does that really negate the positive nature of Jordan’s efforts in the matter on the table?

  2. January 30, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Jason, our Terms of Service prohibit “blog whoring.” And you support a mayor who’s against marriage equality.

  3. January 30, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Oh I almost forgot, Jason, did you call Jordan Brandman to have him explain his position on this?

  4. Jason Young
    January 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I only placed a link so you could see the information for yourself. Mayor Tait is not on the record as opposing marriage equality. I did not call Brandman for an explanation as he has never responded to any of my previous attempts to get his feedback.

  5. Jason Young
    January 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Once again you deflect from the facts and attack me. What do you have to say for your fave OC democrat Dan?

    • January 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      I support his measure to keep families together without the fear of deportation. I’m sorry your Boy Scout Mayor does not

    • January 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      My favorite OC Democrat isn’t part of this string

  6. Steve
    January 30, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    “Is this the same Jordan Brandman who appointed known anti-immigrant activist Amanda Edinger to the CAC?”

    Yeah, pretty theatrical attempt to rehabilitate his image with Latinos that he knew would go nowhere.

    • January 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      As dancing at a Posada is Tait’s attempt. His record on issues that affect Latinos in Anaheim is pretty appalling.

  7. gabriel san roman
    January 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Brandman told residents of Anna Drive during an October 2012 candidate forum there that he supported federal local collaborations on immigration enforcement — the very thing that is driving record deportations and family separations under the Obama administration.

  8. Dan Chmielewski
    January 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    And in January 2014, he has a new position on deportations. Isn’t that awesome? It’s one you support too GSR

  9. Dan Chmielewski
    January 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    That appointment was a joint appointment with Lucille Kring. Lets see what happens when that term is up

  10. Jason Young
    January 30, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    So Brandman gets a pass on his ever changing position on immigrant issues but Tait is a hypocrite for his new stance on subsidies?

    • January 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Tait’s company to this day benefits from taxpayer subsidies to Garden Grove hotels. He may not have any legislative responsibility for that but if he was truly consistent, he wouldn’t allow his company to benefit from the very principle he rails against in Anaheim.

  11. Jason Young
    January 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    That’s your excuse for Brandman appointing Edinger? Oh, he had no other choice. It took my team only a few moments to discover who this woman is. Brandman should know better.

  12. Ryan Cantor
    January 31, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Sure looks like he violated your terms of service to me.

  13. January 31, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Ryan, I don’t see it that way. And the one benefit of being a co-owner of a blog, is that the determination of who violates the term of service is at your discretion. Try staying focused in your response with the Terms of Service in mind, and it is quite likely that, no matter how much Dan or I may disagree with your point of view, your comments will be approved.

  14. Ryan Cantor
    January 31, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Chris, another elegant and measured response. I wish we saw more of you here.

  15. gabriel san roman
    January 31, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Dan C: Is that so? Perhaps Brandman could do something more worthwhile in asking for the halting of deportations happening in his own city by calling on the Anaheim Police to stop collaborating & referring people to ICE.

    The resolution is showmanship. Meanwhile, my friend’s uncle got deported after a routine traffic stop by APD.

  16. January 31, 2014 at 10:46 am

    well it seems to me the officer was following the direction of the council majority that says government can’t ignore the law. Any undocumented immigrant in this country is at risk of deportation at any time. Brandman can certainly ask but I think for the cops to change, the direction has to come from the council and the city manager’s office. And even then, state and federal law may tie their hands.

    It is clear we need comprehensive immigration reform to make it easier for people who want to become citizens to become citizens faster. Perhaps military service is a fast track to that. And if immigrants want to come here to work temporarily, we need to streamline programs to make that possible so they can come and work here legally, be paid a fair way, pay US taxes, and be less likely to employer exploitation and crime. Wouldn’t you agree?

  17. Jason Young
    January 31, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Keep calling me names Dan, it only makes you look bad. Did you know Kring appointed Edinger to the Charter Review Committee?

  18. January 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I haven’t called you a single name. I find it hard to believe that someone who knows what the inside of a jail cell looks like looks better. You aren’t Nelson Mandela. You’re a thief.

    • Ryan Cantor
      January 31, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Hey– did anyone see that scarlet letter than Dan lost?

      Jeez, branding someone for life. Real liberal of you, Dan-o. Real liberal.

  19. Jason Young
    January 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Dan you are a piece of work my friend. Do you get off on being such a prick? You seem to enjoy tearing people down and being ridiculously argumentative. I wonder how someone as kind as Chris Prevatt can put up with you.

  20. January 31, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    “You seem to enjoy tearing people down and being ridiculously argumentative”

    well, it appears we have this in common Jason.

  21. gabriel san roman
    January 31, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Hands legally tied you don’t say? Aren’t you attacking Tait for dissenting in saying they shouldn’t ask President Obama to break the law? LOL!

    Attorney General Kamala Harris famously said S-Comm was optional. Any federal/local ICE collaboration is always subject to discontinuation.

  22. January 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    So why hasn’t the council and Mayor Tait called for its discontinuation?

    But a rhetorical question for you GSR: are all laws equal and should be enforced 100% or should only some be enforced fully and others ignored? I agree with Brandman here; he’s asking the council not to separate families.

    January 31, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Dan is just an obnoxious bully, Chris, who gives your blog the ssme sad stench as Art Pedroza gives his.

  24. gabriel san roman
    February 1, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Dan C: It’s was a symbolic gesture at best. Ask Obama? Ok, but act locally in the meantime. I’ll be holding my breath until Brandman comes through on that front before council.

    Oh and did you just say that he held a position on immigration enforcement in 2012 that’s now different in 2014? But isn’t that the same thing you’re grilling Mayor Tait on?

    All you partisan outside Anaheim chatterers are funny af.

    • February 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Tait has no problem with taxpayer giveaways in Garden Grove which benefit his company. It’s he’s that against TOTs, then don’t apply it to your professional life while detesting it your political role.

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