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Clashes Over Police Checkpoints And Deportations Increasing In Escondido

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Aired 11/2/10

Over the weekend, federal immigration agents working with local police in Escondido arrested two undocumented immigrants with past criminal convictions. The driver's license checkpoints and deportations--and the protests against them--are escalating in the community.

At a voter forum, an Escondido resident speaks out against police measures that he says target the Latino community.
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Above: At a voter forum, an Escondido resident speaks out against police measures that he says target the Latino community.

— Over the weekend, federal immigration agents working with local police in Escondido arrested two undocumented immigrants with past criminal convictions.

The number of driver's-license checkpoints and deportations, and the protests against them, are escalating in the community. On the eve of the election, a get-out-the-vote forum drew dozens of Latino residents to Escondido City Hall.

But the meeting inevitably turned to the issue of drivers license and DUI checkpoints and deportations. Maria Sanchez has been protesting at the site of the checkpoints. She said they target people like her: Hispanic residents with no criminal convictions.

The Mexican native, a naturalized U.S. citizen, said that police are stopping people of color. Drivers without licenses find their vehicles impounded. If they are determined to be undocumented immigrants, they are often deported.

Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher continues to defend the checkpoints. He said protesters are "putting all of us in danger." By using signs to warn drivers of the upcoming checkpoint, the protesters are helping to keep unlicensed and drunk drivers on the road, the chief explained.

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Avatar for user 'RubyBlue'

RubyBlue | November 2, 2010 at 7:58 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

I think we forget it is a privilege to be an American. Every race has had to deal with blending in to be productive and keep our freedom. This takes time. We need the protection of our police and if illegals are here they need to go thru the process like all other races had to. If you have nothing to hide, just abide by the rules and show your information. As far as illegals with criminal records, they are not welcomed in Our Country and shouldn't be. This is a drain on our system.

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Avatar for user 'lifetimeresident'

lifetimeresident | November 2, 2010 at 12:39 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

The City Police don't know who is driving the car when they stop it, they stop all cars at check points and check for safety violations. If this keeps one child, adult, teenager, daughter or son from getting killed, TERRIFIC.

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PROUDAMERICAN | November 4, 2010 at 7:49 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

All people go thru the checkpoint- not just Hispanics, All people get asked questions- not just Hispanics. Fortunately we have a country that has laws, and we have branches of law enforcement to enforce those laws. If anyone does not comply with laws they are conducting illegal activities and will be held accountable for their non compliance of the law. People who do comply with law have no problem, thank you for following the law. The check points are a proven valuable resource for law enforcement to capture people who choose to not comply with laws, thus removing the non compliant law breakers. I believe that if you are a US citizen you must have in your possession while operating a motor vehicle; license and proof of insurance. If any one of these is missing your car should be impounded, you should be fined, and must prove compliance before you get your car back because you are non compliant with the law. If you are not a US citizen you must have documentation that proves you are in this country legally if you do not, you are non compliant, and should be detained until you either get proof or face deportation. Thank you Maher for enforcing the laws.

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