Three Homeland Security buses carrying about 140 mostly women and children detainees were rerouted to a customs and border facility in San Diego yesterday after about 100 to 150 American flag-waving protesters chanting "Go home" and "We want to be safe" blocked the group from reaching a processing center in Murrieta.
The undocumented immigrants had been flown to Southern California for processing to help alleviate a crunch on the border in Texas after thousands of Central American children and families crossed over the border.
Murrieta Mayor Alan Long urged residents in his city to protest the arrival of the migrants and according to the mayor, Murrieta has defeated two previous attempts to send migrants to the facility.
Does the government need to rethink the plan? Should there be stronger enforcement to let these buses through?
Ricardo Cano, reporter for the Desert Sun, author of the articles on the Murrieta protests
Angelica Salas, Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Kimberly Davidson, spokesperson for Murrieta City Council