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Escondido Police Department’s Relationship With Immigration Agents Prompts Warning

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Aired 7/14/10

An Escondido immigrants rights group has issued a travel advisory for people visiting the city.

An Escondido immigrants rights group has issued a travel advisory for people visiting the city.

The immigrants rights group, called El Grupo, is concerned the Escondido Police Department's relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement could lead to unreasonable detentions and interrogations for people who look Latino.

Two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents began working with Escondido police in May.

The agents help determine if suspects are in the country illegally. A federal official who spoke on background says agents occasionally ride in police cars to sites where police believe suspects to be.

Bill Flores, with El Grupo, says that raises concern. "It's a very small step for them to begin initiating traffic stops, for example, where ICE agents approach the vehicle and begin inquiring about the immigration status of any and all occupants," says Flores.

Immigration officials say their priorities are illegal immigrants who've committed a crime or ignored deportation orders.

Comments

Avatar for user 'oldschool'

oldschool | July 14, 2010 at 7:11 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Illegals... have some PRIDE! When my parents immigrated from Hungary, they proudly RESPECTED the COUNTRY and CITIZENS by becoming a citizen, paying taxes, and obeying the laws.
This generation of ILLEGAL Aliens has ZERO PRIDE! Disgracefully begging for hand outs, special treatment, exemption from most LAWS, on and on!

El STUPO need to wake up to the fact they define the problem for illegal Aliens... take whatever you can, ignore the laws and squeal like a stuck pig whenever anyone questions your integrity... even though we all know you are lying. The costs to SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, and Police is the reason for the budget crisis. FACT!
Have some PRIDE. Take some responsibility.
Maybe then you will get some respect. Until then, this generation of illegal Aliens is a disgrace to their ancestors and children. And disgusting parasites to actual tax paying citizens.

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Avatar for user 'benz72'

benz72 | July 14, 2010 at 12:45 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Maybe we can get a group to post warnings about speed traps so nobody has to fear breaking those laws either.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | July 14, 2010 at 12:46 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Three cheers for Escondido! I'll patronize their businesses more now that I know they citizenship and the rule of law seriously.

Interesting that the so-called "immigrant rights" group called El Grupo is only concerned about Latinos. What about all the other illegal aliens from Asia, Europe, and Africa that are hiding in Escondido? Are they not as important to you because their skin is not brown? Such a racist double-standard.

Keep up the honorable work Escondido. Perhaps you can influence the San Diego City Council to do the same.

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