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Feds Booed In Murrieta After Migrant Standoff

Protesters hold signs along a road in Murrieta, July 1, 2014.

EL CENTRO, Calif. - An overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security busloads of immigrants gave a harsh reception to federal officials behind the decision to bring them to Murrieta in the first place.

The Wednesday night special meeting in Murrieta was called a day after the U.S. flag-waving protesters forced border officials to reroute the Central American immigrant families and children that had been sent from Texas.

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Dozens of activists gathered near downtown San Diego on Wednesday morning to show their support for migrant families from Central America who had been transported to the region.

Local politicians calling for secure borders proved far more popular with the crowd Wednesday night.

"Send them back! Send them back!" the special-meeting crowd chanted, shouting down Chief Border Patrol Agent Paul Beeson after he took responsibility for transferring the Central American children and families to Murrieta from Texas, where the numbers are too much for facilities to handle.

On Tuesday, the buses were rerouted an hour south to San Diego after they were met with flag-waving protesters in Murrieta.

The Wednesday night crowd, gathered at a high school auditorium that seats 750 in the desert city of 100,000 people, groaned when Beeson said four of the immigrants had to be hospitalized, two with scabies and two with fevers.

And Beeson conceded that he did not know where Tuesday's immigrants nor several more waves slated to arrive from Texas in coming days will end up.

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"We will make decisions when they arrive where it makes the most sense to put them," he said.

The federal government is working to deal with a flood of Central American children and families fleeing to the United States.

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 are under the impression that they will receive leniency from U.S. authorities.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long, who urged locals to oppose the immigrant transfer plan before it began, said the city will track any spending it does over the issue and send a "big fat bill" to Washington.

"Change needs to occur at the federal level in many ways," he said to a loud ovation.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, was wildly cheered after calling for secure borders and denouncing what he called the "exploitation" by the federal government of the traumatized women and children immigrants.

Another group of roughly 140 immigrants arrived from Texas for processing on Wednesday, but they were sent to El Centro more than 140 miles away and were met without incident.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | July 3, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. ― 1 year ago

"Murrieta Mayor Alan Long... said the city will track any spending it does over the issue and send a "big fat bill" to Washington.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, was wildly cheered after calling for secure borders and denouncing what he called the "exploitation" by the federal government of the traumatized women and children immigrants."

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WELL SAID!

I'm am so proud that California still has some honorable politicians who are willing to stand up to the incompetence and corruption of the US government.

Supervisor Stone and Mayor Long should consider running for governor or perhaps a Gov/Lt.Gov team! We need them to help defend ALL of California!

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Avatar for user 'ImMikespike'

ImMikespike | July 3, 2014 at 8:36 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Obama probably expects to continue with no complaints Murietta may have surprised him. Someone needs him that we have a Constitution, he swore to defend, including defending the country's borders, enforce laws and promised to keep us safe.from all threats.

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Missionaccomplished | July 3, 2014 at 9:08 p.m. ― 1 year ago

CA Offender, since you side with mouth-breathing Nativists, why don't you put your money where your mouth is and join them out there in the hot sun? We might even get to see your pix!!!

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Missionaccomplished | July 3, 2014 at 9:09 p.m. ― 1 year ago

IMMIKESPIKED, if you feel you are personally threatened, call 911.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | July 3, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. ― 1 year ago

The federal government needs to investigate and possibly prosecute the mayor of Murrieta and the Murrieta police force.

It's obvious from eyewitness accounts and video footage that the activist mob (who aren't locals by the way, they are the same group of wrinkled old grapes who move around that area holding up their anti-Obama signs) coordinated this effort and were complacent in stopping official DHS business from being carried out.

Let's be honest, this mob is not exactly the pretty athletic type, the police could have EASILY contained them on the SIDE of the road where they could have their say, as they ARE entitled to, without allowing them to impede the buses.

I believe that the mayor and the local police force INTENTIONALLY planned and carried-out measures to impede government business.

If I or anyone else were to impede government business, I would be arrested.

I want to see a full investigation take place, and I encourage all to write/call your representatives and demand one be started.

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