In a dramatic turn of events, protesters descended upon Murrieta’s Border Patrol station, demanding that the arrival of more than 100 immigrants be returned from where they came.
Within 10 minutes of the three-bus caravan’s approach, hundreds arrived to thwart the delivery of refugees onto Murrieta soil.
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What started out as a peaceful display of First Amendment rights threatened to turn ugly as Southern Californians vehemently voiced their rights to public protest.
Residents from Murrieta, Palm Desert, Orange County, and Temecula stood together as a human wall and impeded the delivery of the detainees. Meanwhile, the buses remained on total lockdown by border patrol agents, at the Madison Avenue entrance.
Murrieta police officers wore riot helmets as protesters chanted “Send them home,” “Protect our kids,” “Impeach Obama” and “USA.”
Onlookers watched as peaceful protests turned to people running into one another, pushing off each other in utter frustration of the unfolding events.
While no actual fights were recorded, tensions ran high as a few protesters banded together, deciding to stand in front of the buses to delay their progress altogether.
In defeat, the Border Patrol and Murrieta Police Department turned the buses around while a helicopter escorted the undocumented immigrants back to the I-15.
DailySoCal will remain on this story, posting updates on this standoff between the Riverside County residents and the powers that be.
Ashley Ludwig contributed to this report.