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Escondido Police to Refer Suspect Motorists to Immigration Officials


Aired 4/19/09

A city leader in Escondido says attempts to crackdown on undocumented migrants continue. That, despite the demise of a plan to have Border Patrol work with local police. Councilman Sam Abed says the city plans to target overcrowding and may try to revive its rental ban. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

The Escondido City Council has made a series of attempts to rid the city of undocumented immigrants. This week, a proposal to have the Border Patrol work alongside city police failed because police worried it would erode their relationship with undocumented immigrants.

However, under a new policy, the city will refer people found driving without a license or insurance -- who police suspect are in the country illegally -- to immigration officials for possible deportation. Councilman Sam Abed says the city also plans to address overcrowding. He says you can't blame that all on illegal immigration.

Abed : But certainly this issue of overcrowding has been worsened by the illegals as well.

Abed says the city plans to tackle overcrowding by restricting parking on public streets in residential areas. Abed says the city is also working with Congressman Brian Bilbray to retool a law that prevents landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants. Abed Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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