Move Over, Arizona: Illegal Immigrant Advocates Target Escondido

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The story is in the North County Times.

A North County-based coalition of pro-illegal immigrant advocates called El Grupo has issued a “travel advisory” against the city of Escondido.

El Grupo says that says people who visit Escondido should be aware of their rights in case they become the targets of a “campaign of fear” by Escondido city officials against “undocumented” immigrants.

In a statement on its Web site, El Grupo says the attempts by local elected officials to enforce laws against illegal immigration discriminates against Latinos and all minorities:

The Latino population of several north San Diego County cities is over 40% and is concentrated in the communities of Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido. “Latinos have a large and growing presence in North County and we plan to interact more and more with decision-makers on a continuous basis. We realize that there are some local elected officials that are proposing ordinances that are clearly discriminatory against the Latino community, and, in fact, all minority communities. We will join other organizations in not letting these proposals go unanswered or unchallenged. El Grupo will become an integral part of the debate”, says El Grupo spokesman Bill Flores.

El Grupo has previously complained about the Escondido Police Department’s use of drivers’ license checkpoints to catch those who are driving without a license. Since illegal immigrants cannot get a drivers’ license, all who drive in California are doing so illegally.


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