By Mayor Sam Abed-
As an immigrant to the United States, I am proud to call myself an American. I felt strongly about integrating into the community and giving back to the place I call home. Unfortunately, open-border champions have blurred the line between legal and illegal immigrants, and have convinced many Americans that the rule of law no longer applies to our borders.
I left my native Lebanon 40 years ago because the lack of border security led to constant incursions by dangerous militants and others who robbed me and my neighbors of any sense of safety or security. Hoping to escape the anarchy that had engulfed my world, I moved nearly 7,000 miles to my current home in Escondido, Calif., in northern San Diego County. Moving to America, I hoped to find a community where I, and my family, could prosper while feeling safe and secure.