U.S. immigration officials in California regroup after setback

SAN DIEGO Wed Jul 2, 2014 8:12pm EDT

1 of 3. Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California July 1, 2014.

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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - U.S. immigration officials clamped a lid on Wednesday on further plans for handling throngs of Central Americans caught sneaking into the United States, a day after protesters blocked busloads of migrant families sent to a processing center in California.

The immigrant children and their parents are part of a wave of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing strife-torn Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras and streaming by the thousands over the U.S.-Mexico border via human smuggling rings.

Most have shown up in Texas, overwhelming detention and processing facilities there and leading U.S. immigration authorities to set up overflow sites in California to help screen and manage the influx.

Immigration officials said most of the families headed for California were likely to be released under limited supervision to await deportation proceedings, and would likely be placed with relatives or friends in other cities or stay in temporary housing provided by charity groups.

Those arrangements sparked an outcry in Murrieta, California, north of San Diego, where an initial batch of immigrants were due to be processed at a Border Patrol station in town. The mayor, Alan Long, raised concerns about public safety and potential strains on local resources.

The first group of roughly 140 adults and children, all families, were flown from Texas by plane on Tuesday to San Diego and then bused north to Murrieta.

But an angry crowd of about 150 protesters shouting, "Go home" and "We don't want you here," ignored police orders to disperse as they filled a street near the facility to block the caravan, forcing the buses to turn around.

The passengers ended up being bused to another Border Patrol station in San Diego for processing there.

While Mayor Long said earlier he had been advised by U.S. officials to expect another group of about 140 immigrants every three days for several weeks, it remained unclear after Tuesday's confrontation whether plans would be altered.

City manager spokeswoman Kim Davidson said municipal officials have received no word on what will happen next.

"Out of an abundance of caution and in light of the incident yesterday, we're not providing any additional information ... about next steps or contingency plans," Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. "The priority is to do everything we can for the safety of our personnel and the migrants entrusted to us."

She said immigration authorities were being especially careful to avoid disclosing the whereabouts of the detainees "so that mobs can't go down and root out those people."

Border Patrol spokesman Paul Carr said undocumented Central American families will continue to be sent to Southern California for processing. "I have not been told that there will be any deviation from the plan," he said.

(Writing and additional reporting from Los Angeles by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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astroz wrote:
Over 90% of those illegal aliens released into society don’t show up for their hearings….they just disappear into the crowd. No doubt Californians at this rally understand this reality, as to citizens in Virginia and Illinois who are also rejecting these folks. Join the fight America….keep the pressure on your local reps to reject fostering criminal activity just because we have a president and some members of Congress pushing this nightmare for their political agendas. NumbersUSA.com is powerful and effective, and giving citizens a voice again. Get into the fight America!!

Jul 02, 2014 11:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
This is what you get when you have an inept president with an open border policy and a refusal to enforce the laws on the books. We have so many low information voters out there not using their brain in the ballot box. Most of them are still scratching their head and wondering what Obama’s last name is.

Jul 03, 2014 7:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
now23861221 wrote:
GOD HELP AMERICA!

It’s not entirely about the influx of thousands of illegal aliens stressing the border regions, especially along the Texas area. It’s more about the colossal sideline effects of once these foreign nationals arriving and getting to stay. its incomprehensible results of adding millions more through the “Anchor Baby” issue. This issue refers to U.S-born children of illegal immigrants used to ‘anchor’ the parents in this country. Unlike the majority of other countries, Washington has refused to amend, not change the 14th Amendment. Once these illegal aliens get documented then they can petition to have the rest of the family to enter the United States. It’s a simple as that? Anchor Baby syndrome is a gross violation of the law, a law that was the originated with 19th century slavery and freedom. In the aftermath of the Civil War, many newly freed slaves were struggling in attempting to establish their status. Free slaves were still deficient of many of the same rights as Whites; these African-Americans were still fighting in a political nightmare, specifically true in Southern ex-slave states, refusing to guarantee even fundamental human rights to black Americans. This dilemma was finally resolved by Congress passing the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment exacted, its first article, recognizing the unparalleled policy of birthright citizenship in this young nation, that any male child, born on American soil, could claim all the rights of citizenship. It was a risky business at the time, but its course marked an enormous step in the removing national racism.

Unfortunately the 14th amendment has been perverted with today’s modern interpretation and has been subject to massive exploitation, with illegal aliens and “Overstays” manipulating the wording to assist their own settlement here. In the last decades the Democrats edged on by the so-called Liberal Progressives have mutated the amendment of its own use. All those who have illegally slipped across the border unseen or arrived on aircraft, then undetectable as pregnant females, disguised as foreign tourists have proceeded to the overcrowded waiting rooms of maternity hospitals, with unspecified. This loophole has seen hordes of pregnant nationals calculatedly giving birth on American soil, in order to guarantee citizenship for their progeny, and therefore potentially them, with family following on—illegally or not? So once the offspring is afforded U.S. citizens, they become eligible to sponsor for legal immigration most of their relatives, including their illegal alien mothers, when they turn 21 years of age, thus becoming the U.S. “anchor” for an extended immigrant family. The mother can get a U.S. birth certificate once the child is born and passport for the child, and their future link to this country is established and irrevocable.
Although most Americans concentrate their frustration on a ramshackle border that is deliberately porous, that allows a steady stream of cheap labor arriving here for the cronies of big business. To ME, illegal alien invasion is a massive conspiracy, which the border fence really works. In many places along the border—THERE IS NO BLOODY FENCE—NOTHING—ITS OPEN COUNTRY. Over 46 percent of illegal aliens arrive legally through ports of entry, as tourists. Its one huge fiasco, because some form of National ID card or the basic E-Verify system would make a big dent at borders. A digital Social Security ID card for each American would cut back on many forms of fraud, such as election fraud, credit card and other practicable mechanisms. The cost $2 billion dollars, which is the same amount Obama’s asked for the current illegal alien invasion?

Obama has gone too far—allowing millions of illegal aliens to get free health care and an education on taxpayer’s backs while they siphon off our welfare systems. The majority of these illegal nationals have never adding a penny to the entitlement pool.

Records for illegal aliens are reluctantly released, but California is hurting so bad that Governor Brown lies about expenditures. However just for Los Angeles Country and not for the rest of California, according to The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. They reported that more than $100 million in welfare benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children in June and July alone, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The $100 million consists of nearly $40 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $70 million in food stamps — representing 22% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the County. At this rate, the projected annual cost is more than $625 million. “With the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” said Antonovich. “These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars for education.” So what does the illegal alien invasion costing your cities, in your state? And neither political party will stem the drain on our finances. That’s we need the Candidates in the National TEA PARTY.ORG THEY WILL! They will build the REAL FENCE AND STOP OBAMA VIOLATING THE RULE OF LAW AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.

Here is an easy way to understand the illegal immigration enigma. Sacrifice at least a few minutes and call, fax your Senator or House Representative , or eventually your family, children will not recognize the America and a negative future under Obama’s Imperial reign.

Jul 03, 2014 4:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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