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Calif mayor faulted for immigrant remarks resigns

Posted: October 26, 2013 11:21 a.m.
Updated: October 26, 2013 11:21 a.m.

EL CAJON (AP) — The mayor of a San Diego suburb says he will step down after being criticized for his remarks about Iraqi immigrants.

Mark Lewis says in a letter he will resign from the El Cajon position he has held since 1998 after a business group and other officials said his comments in a magazine article were prejudicial.

U-T San Diego reported ( Saturday that Lewis apologized to anyone who was offended.

The mayor says he did not intend to be insensitive.

U-T San Diego says Lewis did not indicate when his resignation would be effective.

Lewis was chastised for nearly two hours at a meeting Tuesday by residents for his remarks suggesting that members of the city's Chaldean, or Iraqi Christian, community were improperly taking advantage of school free-lunch programs.


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