Protesters of undocumented immigrants vow to block new arrivals

7/3/2014

Protesters of undocumented immigrants vow to block new arrivals

Protesters of undocumented immigrants vow to block new arrivals

By Joseph Serna, Kate Linthicum and Matt Hansen

Los Angeles Times

MURRIETA, Calif. (MCT) — Protesters who successfully blocked immigrant detainees from reaching a Border Patrol processing facility in Murrieta earlier this week say they're ready to do it again should federal immigration officials attempt a similar drop-off.

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement have not said when more buses carrying undocumented immigrants may arrive at the Riverside County facility for processing, but at a Murrieta town hall meeting on the issue Wednesday night, opponents said they were resolute.

Carol Schlaepfer, an activist from Pomona who helped block three buses Tuesday in Murrieta, said she and others would organize, hopefully in greater numbers, to do it all over again.

"We're going to be there," she vowed. "We're going to do the same thing, and hopefully with greater numbers of people."

On Tuesday, a convoy of three buses carrying 140 detainees was forced by protesters to turn away from the Border Patrol facility in Murrieta.

The detainees, many of them women and children from Central America, had recently crossed the border into Texas and had been flown to San Diego by the Department of Homeland Security.

The immigrants were to be processed at the Murrieta facility before being placed under the supervision of federal agents until they were united with family members throughout the country, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for ICE.

The number of children and teenagers arriving alone from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador is expected to reach up to 90,000 by the end of the year, along with a surge of families with children seeking safe passage into the U.S. Many immigrants say they are fleeing violence in their home countries.

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