Immigration Forum At Oxnard College

By Dan Pinedo

Oxnard, CA

National Public Radio station KCRW of Santa Monica, California presented a forum on undocumented immigrants at Oxnard College on January 25, 2017. The forum entailed, Undocumented Under Trump was attended by about a hundred people and was broadcast live.

Event Video by Dan Pinedo

Award-winning public radio host and host of Morning Edition on 88.7 KCRW Santa Barbara, Jonathan Bastian moderated the forum. Prior to KCRW, he worked for Louisville’s NPR station WFPL, and also created and hosted a TV program that aired on PBS stations across six states. He has interviewed numerous influential writers, thinkers and policy makers, including Salman Rushdie, Congressman John Lewis, Jared Diamond, Michael Chabon, Oliver Sacks, Barbara Kingsolver, and many others. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered and been published on

The focus of the discussion was on the actions the Trump administration has taken through executive order, his proposal to build a wall along the United States-Mexico

border and sanctuary cities, the reaction seen in the undocumented population, the actions local law enforcement are taking, the consequences deportation may have if families are split, and the need for immigration reform. Among the attendees were Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza, Oxnard Mayor Pro-temp Carmen Ramirez and Karina Belen Blas Rodriguez and Claudia Luna Hidalgo of the Mexican Consulate of Oxnard.

His guest panelists included:

Nayra Pacheco an undocumented immigrant who came to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico at the age of six. As an undocumented youth, she learned the strength that can be created when communities are organized and unified for a larger cause. Much of her work has been focused on organizing and advocacy around issues of social justice such as immigrant rights, civil liberties, creating accessible pathways towards higher education for undocumented students and students of color and fighting the disproportionate incarceration of people of color. She is outreach coordinator for organization Just Communities.

Sheriff Geoff Dean, a 39-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Dean has had several assignments in the Department throughout his career, including commander of the SWAT team. He served as Chief Of Police for the city of Moorpark and oversaw three of the of the Sheriff’s four divisions. His community involvement has been with Casa Pacifica home for abused children, the American Cancer Society’s Community Council and the Boys club of America.

Gabriella Navarro-Busch, is a immigration attorney based in Ventura, California. Prior to her legal practice, she served for 23 years with the Oxnard Police Department. She is a former president of the Ventura County Chapter of the Mexican-American Bar Association, past member of the Ventura County Bar Association and former member the Board Of Trustees for the College of Law of Ventura and Santa Barbara. She is a consulting attorney for the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard and a board member for California Rural Legal Assistance. Gabriella Navarro-Busch is the referred attorney for several domestic violence shelters in Ventura County whose clients qualify for immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or under U-visa protections. She helped mobilize local attorneys to assist with the influx of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States in 2014.

Mike Stoker, is an agricultural law attorney and former member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. He served as Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and now serves on the executive committee of the Agriculture Coalition For Immigration Reform, a national coalition formed in 2001 advocating for immigration reform. He has been an advocate for immigration reform since 1986 when he actively supported IRCA, the Immigration Reform Comprehensive Act of 1986, passed by Congress and signed by President Reagan.

Dan Pinedo is a Citizen-journalist/photographer/videographer residing in Oxnard

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