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Escondido's city-federal effort to oust illegal immigrants draws praise, criticism

Feb 4, 2011 8:11:00 PM - latimes.com
Escondido police and ICE agents join to snag and deport people with deportation orders or criminal records. Some welcome U.S. involvement. Others say the targets are sometimes well-established community members with decades-old convictions.

It was just an inconvenient traffic stop on the way through town for Javier Barrera Saldivar. Police had spotted the broken tail light on his car, and he figured he'd get a fix-it ticket and be on his way. But federal immigration officers soon rolled up, wielding handcuffs and Barrera's mug shot on a cellphone.

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