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    6 ARRESTED AT MURRIETA, CA.

    California city is latest immigration flashpoint

    Posted: Jul 04, 2014 10:44 AM PDT Updated: Jul 04, 2014 5:54 PM PDT

    By MATT HAMILTON
    Associated Press

    MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) - Rumors had swirled among anti-immigration activists near a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California that the agency would try again to bus in some of the immigrants who have flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Instead, they got dueling anti- and pro-immigration rallies Friday.


    The crowd of 200 outside the station in Murrieta waved signs and sometimes shouted at each other. One banner read: "Proud LEGAL American. It doesn't work any other way." Another countered: "Against illegal immigration? Great! Go back to Europe!"


    Law enforcement officers separated the two sides and contained them on one approach to the station, leaving open an approach from the opposite direction.


    It was not certain, however, that any buses would arrive on Friday. Because of security concerns, federal authorities have said, they will not publicize immigrant transfers among border patrol facilities. By late afternoon many demonstrators were leaving.


    Six people were arrested, five for interfering with police who were investigating a fight and one for disorderly conduct early,
    police said. One of the five was a woman who jumped on an officer's back, but police did not give details on the actions of the rest.


    Earlier this week, the city became the latest flashpoint in the intensifying immigration debate when a crowd of protesters waving American flags blocked buses carrying women and children who were flown from overwhelmed Texas facilities.


    Federal authorities had hoped to process them at the station in Murrieta, about 55 miles north of downtown San Diego.


    "This is a way of making our voices heard," said Steve Prime, a resident of nearby Lake Elsinore. "The government's main job is to secure our borders and protect us - and they're doing neither."


    Immigration supporters said the immigrants need to be treated as humans and that migrating to survive is not a crime.


    "We're celebrating the 4th of July and what a melting pot America is," said Raquel Alvarado, a high school history teacher and Murrieta resident who chalked up the fear of migrants in the city of roughly 106,000 to discrimination.


    "They don't want to have their kids share the same classroom," she said.


    The city's mayor, Alan Long, became a hero to those seeking stronger immigration policies with his criticism of the federal government's efforts to handle the influx of thousands of immigrants, many of them mothers and children.


    However, Murrieta's top administrative official tried to clarify Long's comments, saying he was only asserting the Border Patrol station was not an appropriate location to process the migrants and was encouraging residents to contact their federal representatives.


    The July 3 statement by City Manager Rick Dudley, suggesting that protesters had come from elsewhere in Southern California, expressed regret that the busloads of women and children had been forced to turn around.


    Long said by telephone Friday that there was talk of a protest up to two weeks before Tuesday's confrontation and the intent of his press conference Monday "was to squelch people's rumors and to put people's nerves at ease."


    He said forcing the buses to turn around was neither planned nor called for. "It's not reflective of our city. This controversial topic has turned us upside down," Long said. "It just happened to land on our doorstep, and we want to be part of a solution."


    Some local leaders said the outrage among some area residents was justified, given the already stressed social services infrastructure and the stagnant regional economy.


    Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone said they weren't concerned about the people on the buses. "It's the thousands more that will follow that will strain our resources and take away the resources we need to care for our own citizens," he said.


    In recent months, thousands of children and families have fled violence, murders and extortion from criminal gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained.


    The crunch on the border in Texas' Rio Grande Valley prompted U.S. authorities to fly immigrant families to other Texas cities and to Southern California for processing.


    The Border Patrol is coping with excess capacity across the Southwest, and cities' responses to the arriving immigrants have ranged from welcoming to indifferent.


    In the border town of El Centro, California, a flight arrived Wednesday without protest.


    In Nogales, Arizona, the mayor has said he welcomes the hundreds of children who are being dropped off daily at a large Border Patrol warehouse. Residents have donated clothing and other items for them.


    In New Mexico, however, residents have been less enthusiastic.

    At a town hall meeting this week, residents in Artesia spoke out against a detention center that recently started housing immigrants. They said they were afraid the immigrants would take jobs and resources from U.S. citizens.

    http://www.newson6.com/story/25942949/5-arrested-at-california-immigration-protests
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    The buses never went to Murrieta.

    They went to San Ysidro, down by the border again.
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    Dueling immigration rallies in Calif. town; 6 arrested


    Protesters on both sides of the immigration debate demonstrated outside the U.S. Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, Calif., on July 4, 2014. Busloads of illegal immigrants were expected to arrive there for processing. VPC

    Tatiana Sanchez and Ricardo Cano, The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun 4:10 a.m. EDT July 5, 2014


    (Photo: Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images)

    Officials in Murrieta, Calif., braced for another showdown with protesters in anticipation of a second group of immigrants expected to arrive Friday by bus for processing by the Border Patrol. Instead, they got dueling anti- and pro-immigration rallies.

    A large crowd of protesters, both pro- and anti-immigrant, gathered at the Murrieta Border Patrol station, awaiting buses expected to bring 140 undocumented immigrants. By Friday evening, however, the crowd was thinning and there was no sign of the buses.


    Because of security concerns, federal authorities have said they will not publicize immigrant transfers among border patrol facilities.


    Protesters in Murrieta had blocked part of the first group of immigrant families to arrive at the Border Patrol station on Tuesday. The buses, carrying about 140 migrants, had to be detoured to an undisclosed location in San Diego.


    On Friday, the crowd numbered about 120 at one point, about a third opposing illegal immigration and two thirds supporting immigrants.

    Shouting matches erupted, and police created a barrier separating supporters from protesters.


    People in the crowd waved flags and banners. One banner read: "Proud LEGAL American. It doesn't work any other way." Another countered: "Against illegal immigration? Great! Go back to Europe!"

    Late Friday, about 50 protesters remained near the entrance of the Border Patrol station -- an almost equal amount of protesters both for and against illegal immigration.

    Murrieta police arrested five people after a fight between two women. One woman was arrested on suspicion of battery on an officer. The other four were arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer in his investigation.


    Earlier in the day, a person crossed the yellow tape that blocked protesters from the Border Patrol station entrance and was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and disobeying an officer.


    Kelli Parrish-Lucas, an ordained minister from Escondido, arrived about 6 p.m. -- well after protests died down -- to "witness an event that's impacting our community."


    "It's a juxtaposition to be celebrating freedom today when we're not treating people how we should be," said Parrish-Lucas, a supporter of the 140 women and children who are set to be processed in Murrieta.


    Alberto Posadas also showed up with his two young nephews and other family members to show his support for the the undocumented immigrants.


    "I'm here because I believe that we're a country based on laws," he said.


    Posadas said it doesn't matter how the immigrants got here the fact is they're here.


    Meanwhile, Mike Silveira said he supports legal immigration but is worried about the undocumented immigrants that are coming into the country.


    "I'm more worried about the people already here," he said. "I think we need to lock down our borders."


    Silveira said his family immigrated legally from Portugal.


    Murrieta resident Charles Godby was at the protest since 2 p.m. as part of the protest group opposing the undocumented immigrants' flight to Murrieta for processing.


    The community of Murrieta has been billified and portrayed unfairly by the public in light of the protests that blocked three buses from entering the station for processing on Tuesday, he said.


    "We're not racist. We're not violent. But we're not silent anymore," Godby said. "I have nothing against immigrants."


    Anti- undocumented immigrant protesters decked in red, white and blue played "God Bless America" over speakers.


    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are transporting the immigrants to processing centers in California and elsewhere to ease overcrowded facilities in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, which has seen an unprecedented spike in illegal crossings since October.


    Opponents of the transfer in Murrieta say they're afraid the influx of immigrants will drain local health, housing and medical resources and services.


    On Wednesday, a group of immigrants was transferred without incident to the Border Patrol station in El Centro.


    Since October, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has seen an unprecedented influx of unaccompanied children from Central America mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala illegally cross into the U.S. Many are fleeing violence and extortion from gangs in their homelands.


    An estimated 52,193 unaccompanied children younger than 18 years old have been caught, overwhelming border facilities in Texas, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


    The U.S. government is also planning to fly migrants to Texas cities, and it has already taken some migrants to Arizona.


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