Immigration

Local farms hurt by lack of workers

Across San Diego County and California, farmers and ranchers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified and willing people to work in agriculture, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation. The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than half of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages during the past year. The figure was higher among farmers who…


Central Valley farm worker deportation tango

(Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared this week in Fair Warning, a non-profit independent investigative report on safety, health and corporate conduct news. Fair Warning partners with the Local Independent Online Publishers (LION) group to which The Escondido Grapevine belongs. This article related to California immigration and agriculture is part of a story-sharing arrangement between LION and Fair Warning.) As an attorney representing California Central…


Cal ACLU blasts Trump DACA sham

Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump’s intent to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and in doing so, he has callously reneged on the government’s commitment to hundreds of thousands of American youth. The DACA program is a critical lifeline for nearly 800,000 young immigrants who came to this country as children. For most, the United States is the only…


Issa participates in D.C. eugenics event

eugenic noun, ( used with a singular verb)  Study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having   genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits.   So much for being a so-called Republican “moderate.” Embattled Congressman Darryl Issa (R-49th District) on June 28 participated in the eugenics founded and funded Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event at Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Also prominently featured were some of the the most anti-immigrant members in Congress such as Representatives Lou…


San Diego on collision course with Trump

If you wish to inspect the front lines of the conflict between Donald Trump and California, head for San Diego. Yes, it’s true that the Golden State’s fight against the president has so far taken place in the courts and in cyberspace. And, sure, challenging The Donald’s legitimacy is not a mere local pastime but an all-consuming statewide prizefight. But as a matter of geography,…


Sessions wrongly tags Escondido

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tags Escondido wrongly for immigrant crimes. Escondido last week entered the national dialogue over immigrant rights and Donald Trump’s big, bad border wall, but in an unexpected, and counterfactual way. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions highlighted Escondido to illustrate how jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration authorities jeopardize public safety. The only problem was Sessions got everything wrong. Speaking at…


Escondido ‘Dream Team’ protests ICE raids

Several dozen protestors against immigration deportation policies rallied at Escondido’s Police Headquarters, then Escondido City Hall at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. Members of the San Diego Dream Team, sponsoring the protest, posted various real-time social media accounts, some of which are displayed here. They followed picketing with a community meeting in the evening at the East Valley Community Center. San Diego Dream Team is…