Condemn Checkpoints in Escondido

Escondido now operates more than 35 drivers’ license checkpoints a year, far more than any other local law enforcement agency in the county.

The ACLU has spoken out against the excessive use of checkpoints, which are anathema to a free society and which traumatize local communities.

Latino families (many of which include U.S. citizens, legal residents, and undocumented individuals all in the same family) are the most traumatized by the checkpoints in Escondido. Although the stated purpose of the checkpoints is to check licenses, they are used to interrogate people about their legal status and too often end with families torn apart or a provider taken from the family, leaving women and children especially vulnerable.

Join Dolores Huerta and other leaders this Saturday to raise awareness about the human cost of these checkpoints. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Candles will be provided.

The vigil will begin at 4 pm in Grape Day Park, next to Escondido City Hall at 201 N. Broadway.

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