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Lawmakers Weigh In On Migrant Transports To Southern California

Evening Edition

Aired 7/3/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Lawmakers Weigh In On Migrant Transports To Southern California

GUESTS

Congressman Juan Vargas, D-Calif.

Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director, Alliance San Diego

Transcript

As hundreds of Central American migrants who entered the U.S. illegally are being transported from overcrowded facilities in Texas to Southern California, some San Diego and state lawmakers are weighing in on the issue.

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) greeted dozens of migrant families on Wednesday when they arrived at the El Centro Customs and Border Protection Station. He said it was a much different scene than in Murrieta, where protesters on Tuesday blocked busloads of women and children from entering the Border Patrol facility.

“Federal officers were allowed to do their jobs in a peaceful and appropriate manner, and I applaud them for their professionalism and compassion. I met and prayed with these young children and their families and assured them that the United States would treat them fairly and with dignity,” he said.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) reiterated on Tuesday his opposition to the transfer of the undocumented immigrants to San Diego and Riverside counties.

"Border states and regions, including our own, are already overwhelmed by the challenges associated with illegal immigration and asking communities to do even more will only accentuate the problems that already exist," Hunter said in a statement.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) took to social media to express her dismay over how the migrants were treated.

“How people wave American flags in protest to immigrant women & children who just desperately want to make this their country, makes no sense,'' Gonzalez said via Twitter.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) along with 34 other members of Congress sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling for an end to the unilateral executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and to make an explicit public commitment that newly arrived undocumented immigrants will not receive legal status.

“As our country faces an unprecedented surge in the arrival of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) at our southwestern border, we call on you to immediately end the failed policies that encourage young individuals to put themselves in peril, leave their home countries, and make a long and dangerous journey to enter our country illegally,” Issa stated.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said the protests in Murrieta raise safety concerns for the migrants and the federal Department of Homeland Security agents.

"If the Republican House had just taken up and passed the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, the angry and unfortunate demonstration in Murrieta would not have occurred. That is because the Senate bill greatly enhances border protection while setting up clear and fair rules for immigrants," Boxer said.

More migrants are expected to arrive to the region on Friday.

Comments

Avatar for user 'shapiro'

shapiro | July 3, 2014 at 10:58 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Vargas has my vote now after that.

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novak | July 3, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

There is much thought going into how to deal with the massive influx of illegals coming into Texas and other states.. I think that is admirable but do we not have to give the same consideration to American like those in Murrieta who are disguested with how the government is dealing with this problem. Americans who are scared, afraid and indignant about how the people from other countries feel they have a right to enter our country illegally and many of who bare no consequences for their crime, yes, it is a crime. Why did not ICE and border patrol meet with the residents to explain what was going on before this crisis occurred. We should consider our own people, Americans living in our country with as much respect and compassion as the illegals.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 3, 2014 at 1:07 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It's also a crime to prevent government officials from carrying out government business.

The mob tea party fanatics are "illegal" themselves.

Half the crap Issa gets away with in Congress is illegal, look at the piece the NY Times did on him several years back. Yet, he's powerful enough to get away with it.

So we have illegals calling other people illegal.

That will get us far.

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JeanMarc | July 3, 2014 at 1:25 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

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philosopher3000 | July 3, 2014 at 2:05 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't know what the citizens were doing in Murrieta ('angry mob'? now is that Vargas' biased opinion and an unchallenged characterization of protestors on KPBS), but if the U.S. Citizen Protesters were arrested, where would we put them? We don't have the space to process them all here in California, we might have to send them to Texas.

This "coordinated mass surrendering" is apparently exploiting children for opportunistic financial reasons. The parents abandoning their kids are not refugees, they don't have to travel 1000 miles on the back of a train to escape a local gang, it's selfish economic opportunism, no different than the European conquistadors, immigrants, pioneers, and settlers who invaded and occupied America over past centuries.

If Honduras is so dangerous, why travel to the USA, rather than south to Brazil or Argentina. If you need to run 1000 miles, wouldn't Belize or Costa Rica be an easy choice? The choice to abandon your kids in the USA is a strategic and opportunistic decision, a form of neglect and criminal negligence, no less selfish than when a banker takes a bailout.

If there are TRUE "life threatening circumstances" let these emigrating refugees apply for status like everyone else, make application at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in their home country, and have their extended relatives in the USA apply to become their legal guardians, and then the children can legally travel to the US on visas, just like everyone else.

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thankfulforchoice | July 3, 2014 at 4:50 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Vote Vargas out!!!!! He wants us to believe we should welcome the ILLEGALS with open arms! Why is Juano not standing up for OUR CITIZENS--the Vets, the elderly and the special needs (developmentally delayed)...their services are CUT due to "lack of funding" BUT somehow we have money for ILLEGAL LEECHES!!!!!

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progressivebuthey | July 3, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

expected vargas the mexican to side with latinos over the american citizenry.

not one lawmaker has demanded a change to the law that unfairly allows certain people in, certain people out of the requirement of legal documentation and entry. they're all spewing the same old crap about comprehensive reform which aint' going to happen.

and where are the journalist? no one is studying what happens to those who are being processed and do not show up for a court hearing. most gov reports say the numbers are less than 33%. ---- just the types of the new american we want --- law breakers their whole lives and users.

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Missionaccomplished | July 3, 2014 at 8:23 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

NOVAKKK failure to speak to an immigration officer . . . horror of horrors.

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Missionaccomplished | July 3, 2014 at 8:48 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago


JOHN MARKKK, you deletion just reminded me of something. I got into a good one with a Ph d economist on Amazon.com. He is a Randist ideologue. The fight went back and forth until, he, backed into a corner Ph D and all, resorted to insult. Needless to say, Amazon deleted his post.

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Missionaccomplished | July 3, 2014 at 8:50 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

REGRESSIVEBOOTY, Congressman Vargas may be of Mexican parentage, but he is a US citizen, otherwise he couldn't possible be a US congressman. I know, I know, you probably think the President is a Kenyan.

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Missionaccomplished | July 3, 2014 at 8:53 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Filosofer 1000 says:
"This "coordinated mass surrendering" is apparently exploiting children for opportunistic financial reasons. The parents abandoning their kids are not refugees, they don't have to travel 1000 miles on the back of a train to escape a local gang, it's selfish economic opportunism, no different than the European conquistadors, immigrants, pioneers, and settlers who invaded and occupied America over past centuries."

Filosfer, you disappoint. You are lumping apples with oranges, bananas, parsnips and pears . . . Did Filosofer not take Logic 101???

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Missionaccomplished | July 3, 2014 at 8:57 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

THANKFULFORCHEESE, why don't you inform yourself first???

Senate Republicans Betray U.S. Vets By Blocking Veterans ...
www.politicususa.com/.../senate-republicans-betray-u-s-vets-blocking-ve...
Feb 27, 2014 - Senate Republicans blocked the veterans bill by using a procedural .... These people deserve better then to be nothing more then pawns in .... This hasn't been his first vote against VA funding and probably won't be his last.

Who are the REAL LEECHES here???

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