A crowd of 200 to 300 people in downtown Murrieta surrounded three Homeland Security buses carrying illegal alien detainees waving large American flags and holding signs that opposed higher taxes and “new illegals” — waited in the hot sun all day for the three charter buses to arrive at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Murrieta, causing the buses to turn around before they reached a Border Patrol station in the Riverside County city.
Waving Americans flags and protest signs, the crowd refused to give way when the buses arrived with some 140 detainees from Texas, which has seen a flood of Central American illegal aliens cross the border.
A small number of Murrieta police officers stood between the protesters and the buses but could not keep the crowd from blocking the buses’ path.
Protesters chanted “USA!” “Impeach Obama!” and “Deport, Deport!”
Federal agents tried to avoid a conflict by taking a route that steered clear of the front entrance. But instead, the crowd created a human wall that blocked the street and forced the buses to make an unplanned detour to a processing center in San Diego County.
“We can’t start taking care of others if we can’t take care of our own,” said Nancy Greyson, a 60-year-old from Murrieta who was one of the first to protest the plan.
The face-off came one day after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to protest the federal government’s decision to move the recent immigrants who had arrived in the country illegally — and have overwhelmed Texas border facilities — to the Border Patrol station here.
“Murrieta expects our government to enforce our laws, including the deportation of illegal immigrants caught crossing our borders, not disperse them into our local communities,” Long said Monday at a news conference. The city had defeated two previous attempts to send migrants to the facility, he said.
Unable to drop off their passengers safely in Murrieta, buses instead headed for a Border Patrol facility in Chula Vista in San Diego County, arriving late Tuesday afternoon.
“I want to show people what happens when illegals come to this country and drive without a license, without insurance, without registration,” said Sabine Durden, a Murrieta resident whose son died after being hit by a car Durden said was driven by an undocumented immigrant.
“My son was killed by an illegal criminal who was here a good six, seven years … arrest after arrest after arrest.”
Protester Roger Cotton, 49, drove up from San Diego to wave a flag outside of the Murrieta Border Patrol Station.
“I wanted to say that I as an American citizen do not approve of this human disaster that the government has created,” Cotton said. He said he believes the migrants who were supposed to be dropped off at the station would be a burden on an already strained system.
“Who’s going to pay for them?” he asked. “What kind of criminality will happen?”
Cotton, who works as a 3D animator, said he blames Democrats for not doing more to secure the border.
“The Democrats are making it easy for them to come here so they can produce more Democratic voters,” he said.
Cotton arrived shortly after the bus was blocked and turned around. He said he decided to come to Murrieta on his own accord and was surprised to find other protesters there.
He stood with a group of them on the side of the road, chanting “USA”
Diane Serafin of Murrieta got to the Murrieta station about 7:30 a.m., just as the crowd started to gather for the day.
A crowd had gathered there Monday evening, too, staying until 1 a.m. Tuesday, she said.
Serafin considered it her patriotic duty to protest the processing. Although she’s a registered Republican, she didn’t think political party affiliation mattered in this case.
“There’s no difference between an R and a D,” Serafin said. “Nobody in Washington is listening to us.”
They might start listening now. The left has been organizing amnesty protesters. Nothing will change without some pushback.