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A protester who opposes arrivals of buses carrying largely women and children undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station and a counter-demonstrator (L) face off on July 4, 2014 in Murrieta, California. Earlier this week, protesters in the city turned away buses carrying about 140 immigrants that had been apprehended in Texas and flown to California for processing as Texas deals with an influx of immigrants. Federal officials estimate more than 50,000 minors, mostly from Central America, have been caught crossing the border since October 2013.

Protestors have been gathering in the city of Murrieta, southeast of Los Angeles

They're upset with the federal government's diversion of undocumented immigrants for processing there and they appear to have stopped the program for now. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been sending about 300 immigrants a week to Murrieta, to relieve pressure on border stations in the wake of a recent surge.

While it's not clear what happens next, the pause provides some relief for locals who've been helping the area absorb the influx. The California Report's Steven Cuevas has more.


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