Skip to comments.Way to Go, Escondido! First City to Use ‘Immigration Audit’ to Remove ALL Illegal Alien Workers
Posted on 06/21/2012 8:47:15 PM PDT by montag813
Yet another first for the City of Escondido, California.
In 2010, the city was the first in California (along with Costa Mesa) to pass a resolution to "Stand With Arizona" - in an overwhelming slap-down to La Raza activists who wanted to denounce and boycott Arizona for its passage of S.B. 1070. SWA's founder John Hill was on hand for the raucous vote.
Escondido was also the first city in America to forge a special partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2010, under which ICE agents help Escondido police officers determine whether suspects of crimes are in the country illegally or are wanted for deportation. The program has resulted in several thousand illegal aliens to be deported - much to the rage of open-borders activists.
Escondido was also the first city to conduct special vehicle "checkpoints" to discover unlicensed illegal aliens - which the state legislature is trying to ban - and the first in San Diego County to enact E-Verify in 2011.
And now Escondido does it again, becoming the first city to volunteer for a Federal "immigration audit" - allowing federal immigration officials to audit its hiring records to make sure all city employees are eligible to work in the United States.
The program is called IMAGE, which stands for ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employer, Escondido will have ICE check whether veteran employees turned in fake documents or stole someone else's identity when they were hired by the citys, and it goes well beyond E-Verify, which deals only with new hires. The new agreement allows ICE to scrutinize the employment documents of everyone on the city's payroll, including elected officials.
Mayor Sam Abed, who has said he was born in Lebanon but became a U.S. citizen in 1990, also praised the program, saying the city needed to do everything possible to help local residents struggling to find work.
"Lots of people just lost their unemployment benefits," said Abed, adding that Escondido has a higher jobless rate than neighboring cities. "We want every business in the private sector to do this."But not everyone is happy about Escondido joining the IMAGE program. The ACLU said it "encourages employers to discriminate against foreign-looking job applicants, especially Latinos who are citizens or legal immigrants."
And of course, Olga Diaz was not pleased. Diaz, the only Latino on the council, the only council member to vote against joining the E-Verify, and the member who led the failed attempt to boycott Arizona in 2010, said she was disappointed her colleagues were continuing to pursue policies to "divide the community". Diaz claims that the policies are all racist, because whites are afraid of becoming a minority...
"Since it's the first time that the whites have been exceeded by another group, they feel threatened and the elected officials have devoted themselves to promoting fear. The inability to reason with the councilors was one of the reasons I entered politics," said Diaz.However, Diaz is at a loss to explain why, despite her touting how Hispanics outnumber non-Hispanics in Escondido 49-41% , the city has twice as many Republicans as Democrats. Either the local Latinos are bucking a national trend, or there are a heck of a lot of them who are not eligible to vote - and gee, I wonder why that might be the case.
Way to go, Escondido! We salute you for continuing to laugh at the race-baiters, take on the well-funded open borders fanatics and fight for the rule of law.
Are you listening America? It’s about time! Let’s go other cities and states step up.
Congrats! don’t back down. If it works there in California it should work everwhere else in the US
They’re close to the border and feeling the overpopulation from Mexico, that is prob costing them tremendously.
Good for them! Standing together we are stronger.
What's wrong with this picture? Isn't ICE part of the Federal Government? How did they get passed Holder's gun running hoods?
were trying in Houston, www.stopthemagnet.com
Since most are from Mexico, why not criminal Mexicans?
Good for them.
Funny that the ones most directly affected are the only ones taking action.
The rest of America is uninvolved and fall for the Liberal crap fed them through the media.
Those that understand and live elsewhere won’t act until such time as they are directly affected.
Ya ought to see the border towns in Texas. In comparison, Escondido/San Diego area appear as a shinning city on paradise hill.
Way to go, EscondidO!
I LOVE Escondido! I just wish it had an American name. :^)
I’ll spend my tourist dollars in that city if and when in CA. F the rest of CA.
(Arguably, the name “Escondido” is more American than that of “Cambridge”, MA.)
Call it the ‘secluded’?
The description of the vote regarding Arizona isn't quite accurate. One of the other Council members objected to the issue being considered on the grounds that Council policy prohibits the Council from getting involved in issues outside the city. There was no “Stand By Arizona” vote.
The rest is accurate, and Mayor Abed is one of the “good guys”, with the patriotic fervor often seen in those who have moved here from one of the world's tough sites. The local libs, by the way, conduct almost daily personal attacks on him and local conservatives rarely show up at Council meetings or write the local paper to support him. Those who support him should devote a little more effort expressing it. Diaz has this little group of proxies who lead the attacks while she pretends to be “above it all”. It's pretty nauseating. Here's one of their recent stunts.
Note the comments on the story, most of them from Diaz's little choreographed hit squad. Sam Abed is an honorable man who loves freedom, his city and America: all the stuff libs hate.
She's running for reelection this year, and we're working hard to get her obnoxious activist ass off the dais.
Right next to Oceanside, home of Camp Pendleton - largest USMC base. Well worth the trip and just beautiful!
I’m very proud of my dad’s hometown for taking a stand. :)
Perhaps Ms. Diaz is concerned on a more personal level. The IMAGE process will check into ALL employees and elected officers. Anybody have information on her status?
The Peoples Republic of Cambridge, Massachusetts is said to be the most notorious Marxist city in the country. Back in the '40s and '50s it was a proud Catholic community - there was a boycott of any store that dared display an 'Xmas' sign in its window. A full sized Nativity Scene stood in front of City Hall, and street banners wishing a Merry Christmas.
That was then and this is now. The darkside of Pottersville haunts the people and streets of Cambridge now.
We need a comeback of the Jimmy Stewart Christian spirit to make right how we view ourselves.
Thanks for the ‘ping’.
Gee. When my granparents moved there in 1960 from Los Angeles, there were hardly any.
I remember beautiful mornings in Escondido, with soft fog and mild temperatures even in August. I would walk through the avocado orchards from my grandfather's house to my uncle's house, and ask my father why we couldn't live there, instead of in the hot Arizona desert.
He said we couldn't afford it, and I thought someday maybe if I worked hard enough, I could afford to live in such a wonderful place.
Yet it is now majority Mexican, mostly criminals who sneer at American law and the American nation?
How is such a thing possible?