Buses with migrant families rerouted amid protest

By From page A8 | July 02, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Homeland Security buses carrying migrant 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 migrants 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 migrant 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 migrants 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 migrants 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 Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis. Many of the migrants 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

The Associated Press


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  • S KJuly 02, 2014 - 7:28 am

    I say the solution is simple, THEY ARE IMMIGRATING HERE ILLEGALLY. Put them back on either buses or planes and send them back HOME, wherever home is. Do not process them here, PERIOD. SEND THEM BACK!!!!! They are welcome if they immigrate LEGALLY. I agree with these protesters, that not ONE RED CENT of tax dollars should be spent on any of them. Our own legal citizens have enough needs here. If the National Guard has to be placed shoulder to shoulder across Calif, Az, & Texas, do it. MINE the border if necessary, whatever it takes to stop this flow, A.S.A.P!!!!!!!

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  • CD BrooksJuly 02, 2014 - 8:52 am

    It used to be a sneaking in process. Then it became a game of hide and seek but nobody ever sought them. Now they waltz in by the hundreds. We have very big problems here and as American citizens that have paid a lot of taxes during our life time, we are getting hosed. The kids that have been here since birth or just after have grown up getting an education on our dime, nothing we can do about that. But the newbies? C'mon, this has become a vey bad joke. This is a prime reason to bring all our troops home. How many people are going to get across with several thousand military personnel watching them? Round up the illegals and haul them to military bases where they can be sent home. The other option is to declare war on Mexico and take it over as our 51st state. It is self defense because they are succeeding at taking US over and then there would be no border. Then we can destroy their terrorist bands and peacefully enjoy the beautiful coasts activities there!

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 02, 2014 - 9:00 am

    CD is right. We are getting hosed big time. This is a nightmare that won't go away any time soon. Secure the damned southern border already! Mr. Obama, put up this wall!

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  • clancyJuly 02, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Thank you to all the protesters who turned the buses around! We need more of you and they need to be turned all the way back across The border .totally agree with the comments do far this is a really bad joke.

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  • The backstory.....July 02, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Read a report that DHS evidently put out a bid for housing 'up to 65,000 persons in US facilities' in January. Someone must have said the code word to start coming, because they did. This must be Obama's way of going around Congress because he can't get his way. Now, HHS is threatening doctors and nurses with arrest if they record video, voice, or speak out to journalists about the conditions at the camps. Even a congressman was threatened with arrest when he arrived at Lackland to see what was going on. Honestly, if you look at it, they are getting better treatment than US citizens. We can house all these people, yet can't seem to get a marine out of Tijuana. I guess the new polls are right--Obama IS the worst president since WW2.

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  • clancyJuly 02, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Backstory.. Agreed ! And I voted for him twice. I totally regret that. Pull our forces out of every foreign county secure our borders and stop handing aid to all foreign countries and take care of our own. Rebuild the military so we can defend ourselves.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 02, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    This appears to be the result of Obama's sustained temper tantrum over not getting his way with congress, this time on immigration reform. As I understand it, he put DACA in place under the guise of "not splitting up families" and once the word went out, all hell broke loose, with wave after wave of illegal immigrant children and adults hitting our borders daily. Unintended consequences, or the price we must pay because Obama has "a pen and a phone, and knows how to use them?" How about getting our U.S. Marine out of that stinking Mexican prison, Obama? Still have your phone? Or how about using your pen to put economic sanctions on the corrupt Mexican government until they release him?

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  • Quote of the day....July 02, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    "If fences don't work, why is there one around the white house?"

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