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Another 140 Undocumented Immigrants Flown to San Diego Today, Immigration Reform Debate Continues

Protesters gathered outside the Murrieta Border Patrol facility on July 1, 2014. Photo courtesy: DailySoCal.com
Protesters gathered outside the Murrieta Border Patrol facility on July 1, 2014. Photo courtesy: DailySoCal.com
Another group of undocumented Central American migrants arrived today in San Diego, continuing a process that has prompted intense opposition as well as widespread compassion for the plight of the exiles.

The group of about 140 immigrants, who entered the United States illegally in Texas, were flown into Lindbergh Field late this morning and then bused to a U.S. Border Patrol facility in San Ysidro for processing.

On Tuesday, an initial group of the same size arrived in San Diego and were driven to Murrieta, where crowds of angry protesters blocked their entrance to a USBP facility, prompting authorities to take them instead to San Ysidro.

The departure of the migrants from the Riverside area marked a victory for the roughly two dozen protesters who had gathered to decry the foreigners' arrival there, many waving flags and others carrying signs reading "Stop Illegal Immigration" and "Return to Sender."

Protesters have continued gathering at the Border Patrol facility in Murrieta. Some clashed with police on Friday while waiting to see if more migrants would be arriving.

The migrants, many of them women and children, are among tens of thousands of citizens of Central American countries who have poured into the United States via Texas this year, according to ICE officials.

The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector has been overwhelmed by the arrivals, prompting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to seek other locations to send them until their cases can be assessed.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials initially set Riverside County as the end point for processing the migrants.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long told concerned residents during a town hall meeting last week that the city had coordinated with the Border Patrol to ensure that the anticipated influx didn't create an untenable situation locally.

He expressed frustration that the federal government was moving its "headache" to Riverside County but assured residents that those set to arrive didn't have criminal backgrounds.

—City News Service

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Michael Ecklund July 08, 2014 at 05:22 PM
No body would say that other people cannot come here..........it's can you please come through the legal channel that are offered to all............My G-parents came that way....!!!!
Dennis Hull July 09, 2014 at 05:32 AM
I think we better get used to this "children" tactic of illegally running our borders. Once they are here, it’s nearly impossible to send them back. They must not be allowed to ENTER our country in the first place. I feel very bad about the conditions south of our border, but we cannot absorb all of the problems of the world in this country. Why has our border remained so porous for so long. With the wars winding down, I would think we would have enough troops to station one every fifty feet along our southern border.
James Jones July 09, 2014 at 09:30 AM
The border is porous because our lying politicians want it that way. Dem's. to capture the vote and republicans to undermine the wage standard of the American workers. if any one believes that this doesn't affect them and their family or that they are immune to the damage - think again Baby!!
Donald Snyder July 09, 2014 at 11:26 AM
It's illegal to use our troops to defend our borders. Stupid but true. That law needs to change. Every other country, including Mexico, uses their military. We need to change our laws to keep out unwanted illegals and only receive immigrants through the proper channels. Does that sound like a politician that we voted for? They all sound like that until we elect them and then they do whatever harm to this country they can. We need to find a candidate WHO WILL abide by what the people of this country want, not the fools on the hill. We're still waiting.
Michael Gerzen July 16, 2014 at 08:44 PM
not illegal just breaks a treaty with Mexico. By now I think they have broke it with their military coming into the U.S. supporting the Drug Cartels.

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