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Controversial Mailer In Escondido Makes Immigration A Local Issue


Aired 10/25/10

The mayoral race in the city of Escondido is shaping up to be as much about undocumented immigration as about other local issues. This is not a new phenomenon for the North County city.

The controversial campaign mailer sent out by Escondido mayoral candidate, Sa...
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Above: The controversial campaign mailer sent out by Escondido mayoral candidate, Sam Abed.

— Sam Abed was elected to the Escondido city council on a conservative platform in 2004, and was reelected in 2008. Now Abed, a Lebanese immigrant, is running for mayor.

Speaking at a candidate forum presented by the Escondido Democratic Club last month, Abed explained what he would do as mayor to address the city's growing undocumented population.

"Well, that's one of the most sensitive issues," said Abed, when asked about the issue by a local resident. "As a legal immigrant and a proud legal immigrant myself, I'm against illegal immigration. However, I'm not going to waste my effort and time to deal with immigration because the federal government said leave it alone."

Abed was referring to a measure he proposed in 2006, which would penalize landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. The measure was later struck down in the courts.

But Abed continues to campaign on the issue of immigration, and last week he sent out a mailer claiming his opponent isn't tough enough for the job.

The mailer features a crowd of undocumented immigrants running across a freeway, with a headline that reads: "There is only one candidate we can trust to uphold the rule of law in Escondido."

The mailer also claims that the undocumented population will cost taxpayers $118 million dollars next year.

KPBS could not reach Abed for comment on his campaign or the mailer. But in an interview for The North County Times, he said the mailer was in response to the overwhelming demand of Escondido's residents.

His opponent, Councilman Dick Daniels, disagrees. He argues that job generation is a more urgent and important issue among voters.

"We're very limited in what we can do as a city to deal with the problem of illegal immigration, and we have to recognize that," said Daniels. "We have to do the things that we can. And the things that we can do are recruiting jobs, commercial services. That's the single purpose of my candidacy."

However, Daniels says explicitly that he does not want to be seen as a candidate that would support Escondido becoming a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

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stevo1 | October 25, 2010 at 7:34 a.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. they force American tax payers to pay Billions to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Every Non-representative including obama and holder need to be IMPEACHED! for not upholding the oath of office they swore to defend the Constitution! If these clowns were to do their job, this would all be a Moot point!

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oldschoolcool | October 25, 2010 at 8:40 a.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

The problem with the schools is also directly related to the illegal population.
I am sure that most illegals have never taken any Civics lessons, so are ignorant of the basic principal of how our economy works.

And, NO ONE has a problem with immigration. I am an immigrant. IT IS THE ILLEGAL PART that has ruined the melting pot.!
Seems so simple. I'm sure the illegals hate the idea of the gravy train shutting down... but the TAXPAYING CITIZENS are fed up. This is just the start of the backlash coming as more facts come out on the costs of this group of takers.
I resent my taxes going up every day, so I can save a dime on a tray of strawberries.

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PROUDAMERICAN | October 25, 2010 at 8:53 a.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

Ruxi, again taking an overwhelmingly liberal opinion. Ruxi, if you live in Escondido (doubtful), I suggest YOU take an opinion poll on this subject, that only LEGAL citizens that live in Escondido are aloud people participate in. I await your results. Until then I suggest that you try to see things from an Escondidans point of view, or at least try to balance your ilk laden stories with some conservative points of views from people who actually live legally here in Escondido.

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Missionaccomplished | October 25, 2010 at 9:50 a.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

"As a legal immigrant and a proud legal immigrant myself, I'm against illegal immigration. However, I'm not going to waste my effort and time to deal with immigration because the federal government said leave it alone."

Typical of many "legal" immigRANTS to think that just because they have a little sheet of paper in their hands, they are somehow SUPERIOR than the immigrant next to him/her. I'll bet ABED is one of those Falangist sympathizers who look down on their Muslim brothers. Well guess what, Mr. Abed, the 'necks here are STILL going to hate you--little do you know!

I know an Iraqi owner of a mom & pop store in Chula Vista who gave his Mexican and Mexican-American employees off on May Day 2006 and closed that day in support of the immigration rallies.

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Missionaccomplished | October 25, 2010 at 10:01 a.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

OLDSCHOOL, when people are trying to make ends meet--there is damn little time for "Civics lessons" to learn about the economy! (I don't think there's much economics in "Civcs Lessons" eh?) What's more, tell me you many citizens are even up to date on their "Civics." I doubt there are many. So your question/assumption is rather silly to begin with.

The melting pot is a myth. People like you have to understand that. You always come up with the "It's the illegal immigration I'm against" justifaction to hide your darker intentions. Isn't it a paradox that throughout US history, it has been these "legal" immigrants and sons of immigrants which have been the least tolerant?

The other contradiction is the anti-immigrant claims that the undocumented are on the one hand on welfare--and then with the other side of your moth you accuse them of taking jobs from Americans! So make up your mind. Because the two contradict each other.

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Missionaccomplished | October 25, 2010 at 10:25 a.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago


Love the way you demonize groups of people. First of all, they are not "criminals" as you label them. Those who are subject to deportation are subject to a CIVIL proceedingl; NOT a criminal one.

And where do you get that 30 million figure? Rush Limbaugh or some Nativist website like (un)FAIR which has been exposed both by liberals like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Wall Street Journal? Did you know that in 1975, then INS Director LEONARD CHAPMAN was using the figure of 12 million??? If he was accurate, then considering both Mexico's population increase (and remember, they are NOT all from Mexico) and our own population increase since then, the proportion could be relatively unchanged. yet what are the most common figures thrown around today by the Government, members of Congress, and the media? 11 to 12 million!

And your use of the word "invasion" is nothing but Nativist paranoia. Studies by Wayne Cornelius dating back to the late 70s indicate that the majority of undocumented (at least among the males) do not come to settle permanently. Sociologist Douglas Massey, writing more recently and in a completely different study, likewise comes to the same conlusion. So that destroys that myth apart. I also suggest you read his study "Five Myths About Immigration: Common Misconceptions Underlying Border-Enforcement Policy," in IMMIGRATION IN FOCUS, (2005)

And since you get your information from YouTube instead of actually doing research on the subject:

2 Pa. men guilty of federal hate crime in Mexican immigrant's ...Oct 14, 2010 ... Two Men Found Guilty Of Beating Illegal Immigrant to Death October 15, 2010 Pennsylvania (ChattahBox Crime News) – Two men have been found ... -

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oldschoolcool | October 25, 2010 at 12:01 p.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

Mission Accomplished. Your comments are some of the weakest arguments I have ever read. Laughable how you say people who want everyone to be legal that makes them think they are superior? That is moronic.
And too busy trying to make ends meet makes it impossible to learn civic responsibility.
And you are correct that decedents of people who immigrated within the law as respect for the host, we do resent takers like illegals. Illegal is criminal.... so they are criminals by definition. Melting Pot a myth? Again, your disrespect for assimilation into the society you invade and lack of insights on another American concept is embarrassing for you.
- Something missing from your perspective is PRIDE. You have none.
Like civics... to much for you to understand, right?
FYI:Civics is the study of rights and duties of citizenship. In other words, it is the study of government with attention to the role of citizens ― as opposed to external factors ― in the operation and oversight of government.
Within a given political or ethical tradition, civics refers to educating the citizens. The history of civics dates back to the earliest theories of civics by Confucius in ancient China and Plato in ancient Greece.

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Missionaccomplished | October 25, 2010 at 12:18 p.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

"Weak" and "laughable" Stevo1, yet everything I mentioned is a fact. Deportation hearings are civil, not criminal. How is that "weak"? Try looking it up maybe if you can get out of your seat? And no, that is NOT "moronic." Maybe you are just projecting, but some of the most rabid Nativists are not wasps FYI. The idea of a "Melting Pot" is a myth. Why then tell me where the decendants of the slaves fit in or the Native American who was only granted citizenship by an act of Congress in the 1920!!!?? Oh, then you end your paragraph with a personal attack, so common among rightwingers when they run out of ammo. Okay, so where is your source for that 30 million figure? My rebuttal "laughable" on that one too? Where's your source? Michael Spewage? Sean Innanity? Or some Nativist website like NUMBERSUSA???

And since you are such an expert on "Civics," why don't you go stand before Congress and show them?

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jb1111 | October 25, 2010 at 12:19 p.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

Brake a law you are a criminal, missionaccomplished.

You sound like those East Coast elitist intellectual liberals with only one biased point of view.

Tons of book learnin' don't give you common sense though.

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IJustSawIt | October 25, 2010 at 12:33 p.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

The real keys are:

(1) Sam Abed is using fear to get elected.
(2) Where does Sam Abed come up with the $116M number for a city that currently operates on a budget of under $27M Is Sam proposing a huge tax increase?
(3) Sam Abed used illegal immigrants to fix up his property on lower Grand Ave.

So according to Sam Abed, it is OK to use the issue to get elected, and it is also OK to use illegal people to fix up your property.

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Missionaccomplished | October 25, 2010 at 12:34 p.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

Again, deportation hearings are civil proceedings.

"Hello, hello, is there anybody in there?"

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PROUDAMERICAN | October 27, 2010 at 8:09 a.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

Has anyone he drove down East Valley Parkway latley? With your eyes open? We need a strong and smart mayor to clean up this town. A mayor that is willing to address the elephant in the room. A mayor that is going to have to address some real tough issuse that aren't going to be popular with people who aren't able to vote.

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