Illegal Immigrants

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Protests turn back buses carrying illegal immigrant children

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July 1, 2014: Protesters turn back three buses carrying 140 immigrants as they attempt to enter the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol station for processing.AP/The Press-Enterprise

Homeland Security buses carrying illegal immigrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.

The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American illegal immigrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border.

Many protesters held U.S. flags, while others held signs reading “stop illegal immigration,” and “illegals out!”

“We can’t start taking care of others if we can’t take care of our own,” protester Nancy Greyson, 60, of Murrieta, told the Desert Sun newspaper.

Many of the immigrants were detained while fleeing violence and extortion from gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

After the buses were blocked, federal authorities rerouted the vehicles to a freeway and then to a customs and border facility in San Diego within view of the Mexico border.

The three buses were trailed by a half-dozen news crews during the two-hour trip. People near the San Diego facility were surprised by the caravan.

Juan Silva, 27, a welder in Chula Vista, said he thought officials were transporting drug traffickers. Then he heard the buses were carrying illegal immigrant families.

“I don’t think people in that town should be against little kids,” he said about the protesters in Murrieta. “We’re not talking about rapists. We’re talking about human beings. How would they feel if it was their kids?”

After the illegal immigrants are processed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will decide who can be released while awaiting deportation proceedings.

Earlier in the day, a chartered plane landed in San Diego with 136 migrants on board, according to a federal Department of Homeland Security official who was not authorized to be named when speaking on the issue.

It was the first flight planned for California under the federal government’s effort to ease the crunch in the Rio Grande Valley and deal with the flood of Central American children and families fleeing to the United States.

The government is also planning to fly illegal immigrants to Texas cities and another site in California, and it has already taken some migrants to Arizona.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained after crossing the Texas-Mexico border since October in what President Obama has called a humanitarian crisis. Many of the illegal immigrants are under the impression that they will receive leniency from U.S. authorities.

Another flight was expected to take 140 migrants to a facility in El Centro, California, on Wednesday, said Lombardo Amaya, president of the El Centro chapter of the Border Patrol union. The Border Patrol would not confirm that arrival date.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

18 responses to “Illegal Immigrants

  1. No one is willing to leave his/her home country if they could live in there. Illegal immigrants are all poor people. I believe what the us need to do is to prevent more illegal immigrants from entering the US, and treat those have already entered with kindness.

  2. Even though I am African American, I am also native Cherokee indian and mexican. So I can only side with the families trying to come to America for a new life. My son would not be born if his Grandmom did not come here from Germany. He would have been born to another family. People need to think that, not all illegal imigrants (no matter what their background) are trying to ruin america. Some people are leaving a terrible life and just want better.

  3. This is crazy because this happened in my town in Murrieta!!! So in July 2014 illegal immigrants came all the way from San Diego to Murrieta because of our immigration center we have here. I found it kinda sad that we turned them away because I know these people came here because they know we have a nice city, and education system in America. When I was watching the news on T.V. when all of this was happening there was of course white people on one side of the road and on the other side were the Mexicans waiting for their families to get of the bus. And this white person spit on this Mexican guys face that just shocked me and still makes me sad to this day. Just because he’s mexican doesn’t mean to treat him badly. But the end result was the immigrants went back to the immigrantion center in San Diego.

  4. Although my parents were illegal immigrants at one point in this country i still dont support was going on with the illegal children coming over in order for a better healthy life. I feel other country’s perceive “the land of the free” as a rich free given country. There is a difference between a hard working illegal immigrant and an illegal immigrant who expects everything handed to them!We are broke! Who is going to pay the price? WE ARE….

  5. It’s very sad to see the misfortune of others who do not have as much as they need. But there are unfortunate lives all over the world, not just the illegal immigrants, but over in India, Africa, and some third world countries where they struggle to eat and survive. We can’t be at everyone’s aid and sacrifice our own economy and the people who are struggling here at home.

  6. Although I support immigrants, being that certain countries are not always as fortunate as others are, but this incident is just absurd! I cannot believe parents would allow their children to travel to a different country in hopes of getting an education. I do understand the hardships many of these families undergo, but expecting different families to nurture their children is unbelievable. So many things can happen to these kids, and they would have nobody to watch over them with the true love and affection of a parent.

    –On the other hand, the money that would be required to care for all of the undocumented children will come out of the taxpayers pockets, and these children will be filling in seats for those who were actually born here in the US. I am not comfortable with that.

  7. It’s difficult to see the reality, that just because times are tough, they are willing to put children in harms way. People who come to the Unites States want a better life for their children and that’s what thousands of parents’ are doing by sending their kids to the United States. Others to not see this other side of the story.

    • We see both sides. I dont understand how sending your children to the US via drugrunners is caring. The drugrunners charge 5-7 thousand a child then some take the children half way and leave them to die in the desert. Then many that cross are deliverd into gangs. How is this helping. I have lived in there countrie it is bad but not that bad if they can scrap togather 5-7 thousand they can move to a better part of the state. mexico has others countries that border it why dont the immigrants go to them. I would never do this to my kids.

  8. After i read and do a little research, i found out about the “Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.” It allowed about three million illegal immigrants legal status (green card) through this act. People need to learn their American history. I believe enough is enough. No more Amnesty! Every single illegal immigrant need to get back in line for the immigration lottery system just like the rest of the world trying to get into this country. This is absolutely not fair for other country if today illegal immigrate are grant amnesty “again.” It is funny how our Government can not even enforce the law.

  9. This is crazy how many people are coming to the United States illegally. This goes to show you that no matter how good we patrol our borders, people who are determined enough will find a way to get over here. They assume once they cross the border their lives will be better but in reality it won’t because of the economic situation we’re in financially.

  10. The state of California is already broke, has the highest taxes, and the largest population. It doesn’t make sense that these children were sent here. They should be sent back to wherever they came from and security around the borders should be better enforced. Our nation is already impacted with people who shouldn’t be here. We don’t need these young children who are carrying diseases here either.

  11. I think its crazy how many of them just keep on coming. Its really good that the people found their voice and did something to prevent this. It must be known that we are the ones that are going to be paying for this. They have nothing and the tax payers are forced to take care of them. We can’t even afford to live so its amazing that we are expected to pay for them to live also.

  12. THIS WAS SENT TO ME YESTERDAY AND THIS LETTER FROM THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE ADDRESSES SOME OF JENNA, aARON, AND JOSEPH’S CONCERNS. eVERYONE SHOULD JOIN THE CONVERSATION. MY FRIEND SENT THE FOLLOWING WITH HER NOTE IN QUOTE MARKS.
    “I received this e-mail regarding the recent incident with the children crossing the border at work today. Pray that the Lord’s will is done in this situation and for the lawmakers/government officials involved.”

    Dear County Employees,

    I hope you all had a great Fourth of July celebration! As many have heard or read, we are facing a potential humanitarian crisis in our county that stems from our country’s failed border policies.

    As you know, the Board of Supervisors does not make or enforce border policy, but we are the recipients of the impacts when the border is not appropriately safeguarded in accordance with federal law. In the City of Murrieta, there is a U.S. Border Patrol station that is expected to receive 140 undocumented immigrants from Central America. That facility is ill-prepared for any long-term confinement of the frightened and stressed women and children who will be brought there. This facility was constructed as a temporary jail for those apprehended by our Border Patrol in Southwest Riverside County.

    After the Border Patrol “processes” these undocumented immigrants, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will then take possession of them and disperse them to transportation hubs “if” they have a destination to go to. They are then required by law to report to the closest court facility to face a deportation hearing. By the Border own admission, most, if not all, will not show up to court and will ultimately assimilate into the local community. The bottom line is that many of these frightened women and children will need social services and our compassionate care. I am thankful for the many non-profit groups and religious institutions that have offered their generous assistance.

    As such, we must deal with the hand we have been dealt, realizing that this deployment of 140 immigrants is only the beginning of thousands more already en route from the southern Mexico border to Texas, and then potentially to Southwest Riverside County. Many of these undocumented immigrants will migrate to all parts of Riverside County, straining the budgets of all 28 cities and the County. We must prepare for the worst-case scenario and hope for the best. As a County, we will provide the humanitarian services to anyone released into our county. I am asking each department listed below to have contingency plans ready to immediately address this humanitarian crisis thrust upon us by the federal government.

    1. Department of Public Social Services
    2. Mental Health
    3. Health Department
    4. Sheriff’s Department
    5. E.D.A. Workforce Development
    6. Riverside County Regional Medical Center

    I am asking the Executive Office to coordinate our contingency plans so that we are ready to engage these potentially ill, stressed, and frightened immigrants. I am always proud of this County and our ability to step up our work to help the needy when we are asked to answer the call.

    Thank you all for your efforts and please keep all these people, human beings, in your prayers with the hopes we can help them should we be called to do so.

    Jeff Stone, Chairman of the Board

  13. Border control is clearly against these actions. It’s sad to see these kids sent back and rerouted. I agree with Silva on the fact Americans wouldn’t be thinking in such a manor if those were their kids and grandkids. However maybe an reconiliation could be reached because American’s just don’t want this to keep happening at greater rates. Maybe a limit should be agreed upon. I’m for, however only to a certain point.

    • I think all American citizenas are frantic and worried about these children, but we are also worried about American children. We used to have the best health system in the world and American charities have freely given aid to the poor and sick. But this is a monumental health crisis and Obamacare has taxed these chairities into almost bannkrupcy and the average person has no more money to contribute. These children have TB and other contagious diseases and no place to put them. You can’t send these sick kids onto the streets! Why did Obama choose to send them to the Inland Empire, when this is the area in the US with the worst financial problems?

  14. Clearly our federal government is continuing to fail in it’s responsibilities to enforce the boarders. Not only are they refusing to expedite the deportation process, they are placing an overwhelming burden on Murrieta California by attempting to release these immigrants, who according to the broader portal agents have not even been tested for diseases. What will happen to the potently thousands of immigrants being relocated to California? Are they to join the migrant population sleeping in fields and begging for food? Are they going to break in to homes to feed and clothe themselves? What do you think will happen to a nice town that suddenly has a new population of untrained uneducated non-English speaking people? If the Federal government is flying these illegal immigrants around, why not just fly them back to Mexico? The Federal Government’s leniency is supporting a multimillion dollar human trafficking business.

  15. This made me feel sort of angry and upset do to the fact that we are facing such problems in a cowardly way. I understand why the people that live in the United States are upset, because like Nancy said “We can’t start taking care of others, if we can’t take care of our own.” I completely get that statement, but people also do not know how bad Mexico is for families. I don’t really agree with the fact that all immigrants are coming to California, if anything they should try to spread out through the states because of how limited it is for the US citizens to find jobs these days in California, let alone immigrants. This article made me feel like I am torn between both sides of the problem.

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