Undocumented Immigrants Transported to SD County After Hostile Demonstration in Murrieta

Protesters gathered outside the Murrieta Border Patrol facility on June 1, 2014. Photo courtesy: DailySoCal.com
Protesters gathered outside the Murrieta Border Patrol facility on June 1, 2014. Photo courtesy: DailySoCal.com

Central American migrants who were met by protesters at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Murrieta were instead in the San Diego County community of San Ysidro today, and some children in the group are reported to be in hospitals being evaluated for undisclosed ailments.

The group of 140 migrants was flown from Texas to Lindbergh Field Tuesday. Members of the group then boarded three Department of Homeland Security coaches headed to the Riverside County USBP facility, but the busses re-entered San Diego County about 3:30 p.m. after a hostile demonstration in Murrieta in Riverside County.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack declined to say where the migrants were being taken, but by late afternoon Tuesday, the buses were seen pulling into a Customs and Border Protection facility in San Ysidro.

Border Patrol officials told CBS8 each of the migrants was being medically screened at the San Ysidro facility Tuesday night, and a few of the children were taken to hospitals to be evaluated for undisclosed ailments.

After being processed, the migrants will be turned over to ICE. Those planning on staying with family members or friends across the country will be taken to bus terminals or airports -- but will be required to report to the nearest ICE facility for case management.

Ron Zermeno of the National Border Patrol Council told 10News they will be sent to other Border Patrol facilities, which could include El Cajon, El Centro, Chula Vista, Campo, Boulevard or San Clemente.

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

Immigrant supporters also made a showing outside the Murrieta facility, and several others awaited the group outside the San Ysidro facility.

William Crumly told 10News he went to welcome the group after seeing the protests in Murrieta.

"It was a little disturbing to see these vulnerable people met with such negativity," he told the television station.

The group of migrants were among tens of thousands of Central American nationals 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 Department of Homeland Security to seek other locations until their cases can be assessed.

"CBP will transfer certain individuals to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Removal Operations, where appropriate custody determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis, prioritizing national security and public safety," according to an ICE statement Monday.

The ICE document specified that Murrieta would be the end point for "processing" the individuals, noting they "may be released with instructions to report to a local ICE office near their destination address within 15 days."

Following the standoff in Murrieta, ICE officials said that once the migrants are processed, they would be taken to a "transition center" in Riverside County set up by a faith-based organization that would help them arrange transportation to their final destinations and help them contact family members.

Republican Lt. Governor candidate Ron Nehring said in a statement to address the "humanitarian crisis" that the large number of Central American children being sent across dangerous terrain to illegally enter the country "are the victims of the failure of the federal government to create a safe, secure and modern border."

"Poor economic and security conditions in Central America, combined with the rumor mill and the existence of cartels engaged in human, weapons and drug trafficking have precipitated this crisis in which the children are the real victims," Nehring said.

He called for an improved immigration system that "serves our national and economic interests and respects our traditions of being a nation of immigrants."

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, took to social media to express her dismay over how the migrants were treated.

"How people wave American flags in protest to immigrant women & children who just desperately want to make this their country, makes no sense," Gonzalez said via Twitter.

—City News Service

Donald Snyder July 05, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Even the Republicans are idiots now. They will say and do anything to keep in office. It's sad to watch them become Democrats and the Democrats become socialist and liberals. If it doesn't change, say goodbye to this country.
Marcus Boyd July 05, 2014 at 12:33 PM
The Baby Moses Law is not idiotic - it's simply compassionate. Ironic then isn't it - that Christ was a socialist - and our military runs on it, and would cease to function - overnight - without it. Such irony amid such ignorantly intolerant imbeciles...
Rick Crockett July 05, 2014 at 01:44 PM
Christ was not a socialist, he insisted on individual responsibility. Taxes were shared by rich and poor, a man that did not take care of his family was considered worse than a heathen and I could go on but why waste time on leftists that actually despise the teachings of Christ, After all leftist socialists following their masters Obama and Brown put over a billion dollars into the hands of HAMAS in the GAZA. They too called it charity but it all went to terrorism and resulted in 10,000 missiles fired into Israel all in the name of humanity, democrat's version of humanity that is. Just think how that money could have been used to aid these people in their own countries through real faith based (yeah, Christian) charities. Just think about the income tax payroll from the unemployed union workers that could have helped our economy and bolstered such charities under conservative leadership. Money that is now going to China for California busses and rail transport. A conservatives vision is America for Americans and the left's vision is liberally squandering someone else's paycheck so they become powerless to help themselves, dependent on a government that fosters the same.
yourusmcboyelvises July 07, 2014 at 03:45 PM
hostile yea right flipping the buses and setting them on fire would be considered hostile, funny how the media slants the bs that tries to make it news.


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