Man arrested as people clash at immigration town hall in Santa Ana – Orange County Register

SANTA ANA — A man was arrested on suspicion of assault and two women were detained at a Town Hall & Immigration Workshop in Santa Ana on Tuesday night, police said.

About 15 minutes before the workshop began, a fight broke out between two women inside the Delhi Center, Tuesday, May 30, according to Santa Ana Police Department Cmdr. Matt Sorenson. The event was hosted by Rep. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, at the center to give a legislative update on new immigration policies.

The town hall was scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m., according to a post on Correa’s Facebook page. Correa listed Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), World Relief Garden Grove and the Mexican Consulate as also taking part in the town hall.

New Rep. Sen. Lou Correa, who represents in the 46th Congressional District, addresses his supporters at election night campaign headquarters in Santa Ana on Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Organizers temporarily stopped the event about 6:20 p.m., which caused people on both sides of the immigration debate to flood the parking lot at the same time.

About two minutes later, a man struck another person in the head with the pole of his anti-fascist flag, according to Sorenson. He was arrested for assault.

The police department had 10 officers at the scene because they were aware of the counter-protesters planning to attend, Sorenson said.

According to Andrew Scibetta, a spokesman for Correa, the town hall restarted shortly, in a different room at the center, after people were removed.

“I completely support the right of all parties to exercise their first amendment rights,” said Correa, who represents California’s 46th congressional district that includes Anaheim and Santa Ana, in a statement. “However, I urge people to act responsibly and refrain from violence.”

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