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MURRIETA: Immigrants Arrive, Protesters Block Buses, Forced to Turn Around

 
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Credit: Daniel Lane

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.

18 COMMENTS

  1. why are people acting as if the immigrants were a threat to the people here? "Protecting" the city. i don't want to start a debate because those people already have but all i think about when i see this kind of stuff is what the people on the buses must be feeling. how embarrassed and unwanted they must feel even though america was supposed to be the country of the FREE. they wanted a chance at a better life and thought that our country was the best possible choice so they did what they can in order to come here and finally live but "we" aren't even letting them off of the bus. this reminds me too much of the time during the civil rights movement when the freedom riders were traveling throughout america and were so UNWANTED and not even considered citizens. people would beat them and curse at them and even set their buses on fire but they dealt with it because they all wanted FREEDOM. it looks like history is starting to repeat itself.

  2. The threat comes from disease, to start with. Then there's the financial burden to the communities that are already struggling. If they can put that kind of effort into shipping those illegals all over the country, then they can take that same money and energy into taking them back to where they came from. Even if it's all the way back to Central America. And Albert is right. If they want freedom then for Pete's sake, take the LEGAL route. Nothing more stupid than Nancy Pelosi going down to the border and lumping all the illegals in with those who are legal and saying "we're all Americans". No we're NOT. Political correctness does NOT apply. Illegal means ILLEGAL, as in AGAINST THE LAW.

  3. The threat comes from disease, to start with. Then there's the financial burden to the communities that are already struggling. If they can put that kind of effort into shipping those illegals all over the country, then they can take that same money and energy into taking them back to where they came from. Even if it's all the way back to Central America. And Albert is right. If they want freedom then for Pete's sake, take the LEGAL route. Nothing more stupid than Nancy Pelosi going down to the border and lumping all the illegals in with those who are legal and saying "we're all Americans". No we're NOT. Political correctness does NOT apply. Illegal means ILLEGAL, as in AGAINST THE LAW.

  4. Albert Barnshaw Thompson well that was rude, i dont know what i ever said to you to make such a rude remark and im not going to justify it. how did defending humanity turn me into "that"? and did you know how long the Visa process takes and the fact that you dont actually have many rights when under visa than u.s citizens. Mexican nationals who are the adult children of U.S. citizens experience waits of 20 years before they can file for permanent-residence visas commonly known as green cards. and by the way im only 17 so i dont know what "view point" i stand for so dont go throwing words at me when you actually know nothing.

  5. Illegal entry! What is there to not understand? We have a process for things to be done in, we have enough of an issue getting the current immigrants food, housing, an education, and jobs. We can not afford to keep allowing people to enter illegally. Any idea how many of them have ties to terrorism, drug dealers, have criminal records? No, we don't. We need to protect our own citizens before we start allowing more people into our country. Middle Eastern men are now applying for DLs under Hispanic names, I feel that is a vulnerability in our National Security.

  6. I want to go to your house and move in you can feed me and clothe me etc. You can't get rid of me because I am not illegal or an intruder I am an undocumented guest. By the way a little steak dinner now and then is expected or are you a racist.

  7. Don Sapp , that's the exact same concept, yet conservatives are considered heartless for even viewing it that way. Simply because we demand everybody follow the law to make it fair for all, we are dubbed as "racists". Race has NOTHING to do with it. You are SPOT ON!!

  8. How about sending them to Washington, DC? Let them off on the grounds of the White House so Obama can actually see the mess he's allowed to happen.

  9. These women and children are coming her because they are being threatened by gangs wanting their children and if you are NOT a Native American then we all ALL immigrants. What a bunch of conservative freaks you are standing in front of a bus of woman and children. What needs to be sent over the border are meth freaks and alcoholics!

  10. Mary Rathbun Lee communities that are struggling? murrieta is on of the most affluent areas in california with average household incomes 40% higher than the state average. fact check before you speak

  11. Nathan Block , you'll have to excuse this Montana girl. I usually do fact check, but last I heard much of California was struggling. I don't know about California, but when the household incomes in a particular area here are higher, so is the cost of living. And, as a whole, America is struggling in general. Care to address the disease issue?

  12. Mary Rathbun Lee yeah sure, all of these people have gone thru medical testing and anybody not healthy enough or disease ridden is being kept in quarintine and not going on the busses with the others. another issue ive heard a lot is crime, all of these people have had criminal background checks also. its mostly women and children who need help, while i understand there are plenty of other issues that need to be dealt with but i am a human being and i am not gonna send other human beings who need help back to the place they risked everything to escape from. i live next to the border patrol station here in murrieta, its disgusting the way people are acting to other people and its highly ironic to me how most of these people identify as christians

  13. Aundrea Nicolle Mortensen -You're only 17 and a compassionate young women. You are one of the good people of the world. Keep fighting injustice. Compassion is a beautiful quality. Hate is ugly. :)

  14. I concur with deportation of immigrants who cross illegally. Thing is most of these kids have not broken any laws. Most of these people would be considered refugees and have broken no more laws than a Cuban or Cambodian immigrating to this country to seek refuge. Most have claimed asylum which is determined by the courts not by protestors. If it were your kids Im sure you would think differently, God only knows since most of your children are in their 30's still at home with you. And please stop with the disease excuse.. incase you weren't aware the Europeans brought that here long ago..

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