It turns out that the orchestrated influx of illegals from Central America is too much even for Californians.
That, at least, was the case two hours ago, as the U.S. Border Patrol tried to deliver two busloads of illegals to a holding facility in Murrieta, California (full disclosure: about a 30-minute drive from me) on Tuesday afternoon.
The group of 140 illegals had been flown on Tuesday from Texas to San Diego. Murrieta’s city authorities were notified about a week ago that they would be arriving, and that they would be released into the community under “limited supervision” to “await deportation.” It was assumed by everyone in Murrieta that this meant the illegals would be left to “disappear” into the local area.
The plan has been in the works for at least a month, and was shelved about a week ago, but then revived.
Mayor Alan Long issued a statement on Monday expressing Murrieta’s opposition to the move, although he confirmed that city officials felt they could do nothing to stop it.
The group of about 150 protesters (video below) blocked the buses’ path as they arrived at the Murrieta Border Patrol station this afternoon, and although police ordered the protesters to move, the orders were refused. Just before 3:00 PM local time (PDT), the buses were turned around and headed back south toward San Diego. About fifteen minutes later, a Border Patrol union rep confirmed to local media that there would be no attempt to return the buses to Murrieta. The illegal passengers were to be taken to a processing facility in San Diego.
It’s not clear what the long-term fall-out will be, if any. If more illegals are sent to California, authorities may simply take the path of least resistance and release them into the big cities, rather than trying to bring them to smaller, suburban cities like Murrieta (population about 106,000).
Besides the potential social problems, including crime, vagrancy, and dependency, the influx of illegals has been accompanied by an alarming incidence of disease and infestation. Border Patrol agents have already tested positive for diseases almost certainly contracted from contact with illegals.
Will citizens be able to stave off these “back yard invasions” with determined protests? There’s no way to tell right now. Late last week, there were reports of citizen militias converging on Laredo, Texas to form a “human chain” to prevent border crossings in that area. Little about that effort is getting through to observers outside south Texas – just as little is being heard nationally about protests in southern California, like the tense city commission meeting in Escondido, CA last week, at which citizens protested a plan to house illegals in a former residential senior facility, across the street from a high school.
At the top of the hour, I am just now seeing the first report on the local ABC affiliate (ABC 7 Los Angeles) about the protest at the Murrieta station today. Chalk one up for the citizen. For now.