Immigration protesters face off at Murrieta City Hall, Border Patrol station

William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are
William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are "escaping bad things in South America."
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William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are
Elva, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, wipes away tears as her husband, Angel, shares their story with the crowd gathered during the pro-immigration vigil. They are working on their immigration status and trying to free their son from a detention facility.
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William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are
Ivan Bautisa of Oxnard attends the vigil near City Hall in Murrieta in support of immigrant families that were bused to a different processing facility after protestors blocked the entrance to the Border Patrol station in Murrieta.
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William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are
Atalia Vado, 3, left, with her sisters, Kadijah, 9, and Bethlehem, 6, hold up signs during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. Their mother, Atalia Cervantes of Pamona, brought her daughters to the rally to support families coming to the states from South America. "They are women, they are children looking for a better life," she said.
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William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are
Mitchell Browne is confronted by people at the pro-immigration vigil near City Hall in Murrieta. Browne came to the rally to express his discontent with government planes and buses bringing illegal immigrants to processing facilities and taxpayers footing the bill, he said. Browne does support legal immigration but takes issue with people "storming the boarder" and trying to enter the country illegally.
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William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are
People gather to hold signs and stand in solidarity during a pro-immigration rally near City Hall in Murrieta.
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William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are
Pete Santilli, foreground, speaks with anti-immigration supporters outside of the Murrieta Border Patrol processing station as agents keep watch. The group spent the night outside of the facility, waiting to turn away busses filled with illegal immigrants transported for processing.
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William Bello of Upland is draped in an American flag during a pro-immigration vigil in Murrieta. His family is originally from Mexico City and said that he supports the families coming to the states that are
Anti-immigration protestors are set up across from the Murrieta Border Patrol processing facility, waiting for a busload of immigrants to arrive for processing. No busses arrived.
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The U.S. Border Patrol says it will not be sending any more busloads of migrants from Texas to the border patrol station in Murrieta, police said Wednesday. 

That news didn't stop a crowd of several hundred from gathering near Murrieta's city hall Wednesday afternoon as part of a vigil in support of the migrants. A handful of counter-demonstrators also showed up, in a town that has become the latest flashpoint of the immigration debate.

Supporters and opponents of the migrants' arrival, draped in American flags and carrying handmade signs, faced off at times, but the protest was mostly peaceful, KPCC's Benjamin Brayfield reported.

The Border Patrol's announcement came a day after state lawmakers toured another border patrol facility in Ventura County and as President Obama addressed concerns about the deteriorating border situation in Texas.

Addressing Texas Gov. Rick Perry's concerns about the number of children arriving from Central America, the president said he was eager to sign an emergency spending package to help ease the detention and processing efforts.

The Associated Press reports: 

Following a meeting with Perry in Dallas Wednesday, the president suggested there was little daylight between Perry's calls for additional assistance at the border and the nearly $4 billion request Obama sent to Congress this week. He also made a public appeal for Perry, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, to wield his influence with Texas' Republican-heavy congressional delegation and press them to back the emergency spending package.

"The only question at this point is why wouldn't the Texas delegation or any of the other Republicans who are concerned about this not want to put this on a fast track and get this on my desk so I can sign it and we can start getting to work?" Obama said. He argued that opposition to the urgent spending request would be part of a pattern of obstructionism from Republicans who have also resisted moving forward on a comprehensive immigration bill.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell fired back Thursday that he felt Obama was asking for "a blank check" and told the AP that Republicans "want to make sure we actually get the right tools to help fix the problem."

You can see photos above of the protest vigil and of a rally by anti-immigration activists at the Border Patrol facility.