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Angry Confrontations Outside Border Patrol Station in California Turns Quiet Over Weekend

Steve Neavling

Several days of angry protests outside of a Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., gave way to a relatively quiet weekend as demonstrators from both sides of the immigration debate thinned out, the Press Enterprise reports.

On Tuesday, protesters blocked three busloads of immigrant families from being transported to the Murrieta station. Demonstrators from both sides of the debate showed up the next few days.

It’s unclear whether additional busloads are headed to Murrieta.

“We have not been informed that buses will or will not arrive,” said Lt. Jon Flavin of the Murrieta Police Department. “We will staff accordingly.”

Opinion: A Lot of Blame to Go Around on Issue Surrounding Central American Immigrants

By Desert Sun Editorial Board
Desert Sun

The protests in Murrieta that turned away buses full of undocumented women and children last week is not a chapter in the long story of immigration of which to be proud.

There’s lots of blame to go around.

President Obama deserves some for over-promising the message that refugees from Central America can seek citizenship in the United States.

Congress deserves some for failing to provide the resources to secure the border and reform national immigration policy.

The Department of Homeland Security deserves some for bringing the immigrants to Murrieta’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Station at all. This is a place where drug dealers are dealt with. There is no dorm and no dining hall. Federal officials should have known that.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long deserves some for politicizing the event.

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Relief Coming for Central American Immigrants After Protesters Disperse

Steve Neavling

A day after three busloads of immigrant families were blocked and told to “Go home!” by American flag-waving protesters, the Murrieta Border Patrol Station has quieted down, the Press Enterprise reports.

The original protesters were eventually outnumbered by throngs of people showing up to defend the Central American immigrants who are traveling to California because of overcrowded conditions in Texas.

Despite successfully blocking the first three busloads, immigrants are now arriving to the processing facility unimpeded, Press Enterprise reports.

A pro-immigration protester said the immigrants who are forced back to Central America often face deadly consequences.

“When they get sent back, what happens? They die,” Anita Velasquez, 23, of Murrieta, said. “Gangs up there are really, really bad.”

Protesters Block Busloads of Immigrant Families Trying to Enter Southern California Facility

Steve Neavling

Waving American flags and signs reading “Go home,” protesters blocked three buses carrying immigrant families Tuesday to a CBP station in southern California, the Desert Sun reports.

The buses were headed to Murrieta, where they were met by about 100 protesters blocking the road.

The immigrants were taken to an undisclosed processing center in San Diego County.

“We can’t start taking care of others if we can’t take care of our own,” said protester Nancy Greyson, 60, of Murrieta.

The protest came as the federal government scrambles to reduce overcrowded facilities along the Texas border due to a flood of immigrants from Central America.