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Protesters turn back three buses carrying 140 immigrants as they attempt to enter the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol station for processing on July 1, 2014, in Murrieta, Calif.
Protesters turn back three buses carrying 140 immigrants as they attempt to enter the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol station for processing on July 1, 2014, in Murrieta, Calif.
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A California City Revolts Against Undocumented Immigrants - TIME  Alan Long, the mayor of Murrieta, Calif., struck down notions that he helped to organize protesters who confronted several buses bringing 140 immigrants to a border-patrol center in his town. Border-patrol agents turned the buses around and went instead to a San Diego center. Said Long: “We understand these immigrants are coming from a less desirable location. It’s not about them. We’re opposing the federal system that’s broken.”

US launches media campaign in Central America highlighting illegal immigration dangers - Associated Press U.S. Customs and Border Protection is spending $1 million warning Central American parents not to send their children to the US because of the dangers they'll face such as cartels and day-long walks through the desert. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske launched the campaign on the banks of the Rio Grande in south Texas, where most of the children are crossing. The 11-week "Dangers Awareness Campaign" will include "hundreds of billboards and some 6,500 public service announcements for radio and television stations" in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  

Collapse of Immigration Overhaul Highlights a Tension Within GOP - Wall Street Journal House Republicans are a house divided. On one side, you have those who are staking "out conservative positions in tune with their districts;" on the other side, you have "Republicans with a national perspective push more-centrist views aimed at winning over a broader swath of voters." Pressure from these nationally-focused Republicans and their business allies was not enough to overcome the opposition to immigration that Republicans from socially conservative, overwhelmingly white districts were hearing.  In either case, both House Speaker Boehner and President Obama have declared reform dead for the year. 

Immigration Case Ensnares a Get-Tough Sheriff in South Carolina - New York Times  The state's longest-serving sheriff James R. Metts is known for showcasing "the deportations of hundreds of people not authorized to be in the country." So it is a big scandal in Lexington County now that Metts has been indicted for taking cash bribes from a restauranteur in exchange for allegedly freeing restaurant workers, charged with being in the country illegally, from his county jail.

Immigration isn’t turning Texas blue as quickly as you might expect — as explained with maps - Washington Post It's been predicted that Texas will turn increasingly Democrat, because of the increase in immigrants coming across the border. But an analysis of voting patterns across maps shows that "there doesn't appear to be any correlation to a county becoming more Hispanic and it voting more heavily Democratic."