BREAKING: Not over in SoCal; illegals dropped off at SoCal church; more on the way?

BREAKING: Not over in SoCal; illegals dropped off at SoCal church; more on the way?

It didn’t take long for the federal government’s new plan with the Catholic Church to manifest itself in southern California.

Within 24 hours of the notification that flights carrying illegals from Texas to California would be suspended, Homeland Security buses delivered 46 illegal immigrants to a Catholic church on 10 July in Fontana, California, some 25 miles north-northeast of Murrieta.

Although most of the major media in the region report not knowing where the illegals came from, the Riverside-based Press-Enterprise, the main newspaper in the so-called “Inland Empire” of southern California, indicated that the passengers had come from “a detention center in San Diego County.”

This may refer to the Border Patrol station in Chula Vista, south of San Diego, where at least some illegals were being taken after stopping at the San Ysidro border checkpoint in the first three delivery attempts over the last 10 days.  It seems, in any case, to suggest that the first busload to a Catholic church came from among the illegals who’ve been flown in since 1 July, and does not represent – this time, at least – a newer influx.

Some of the surreal absurdity of this whole process is exposed in information given to the local media today by a spokeswoman for the Catholic Church.  According to Petra Alexander (see Press-Enterprise link), the church will have most of the illegals on commercial buses headed toward distant destinations within a day or two:

“Most of them are going to New York, New Jersey and other far away states. We are currently waiting for families to send them money and if they can’t then we will provide them with a bus ticket.”

If it seems quite literally insane to you to fly these people from Texas to California in order to drive them around California for hours, moving them from one ill-equipped, concrete-floored facility to another until they can be put on buses to New York and New Jersey – believe me, you’re not alone.

Just for fun, let’s have a look at a map.

This is completely nuts.  (Google map; author annotation)
This is completely nuts. (Google map; author annotation)


What we don’t know at this point is how much more surreal this will get.  There are unconfirmed reports of more buses being spotted around the inland SoCal freeways – and a suggestion that Murrieta may come into play again:

This comes as reports are circulating that several dozen DHS buses have been spotted on SoCal interstates and are reportedly showing up at multiple churches near Los Angeles. Our Murrieta sources say security is being bulked up at the Murrieta BP facility and earlier three buses were spotted heading north about half an hour south of Murrieta.

I’m treading warily with this information right now.  There is absolutely nothing new from my sources on the situation in Murrieta.  Protest organizers did plan to maintain a presence there today, in spite of the report last night that the previously scheduled flight from Texas wouldn’t happen.  San Diego news sources have not reported any flight arriving today.  Any dispersal of DHS buses is probably related to the 420 illegals who already arrived on 1, 4, and 7 July.

“Dozens” of buses would be a whole lotta buses, but, again, there’s no confirmation that that many buses have been deployed.  It does raise the question – discussed in my earlier piece this morning (link above) – whether DHS, or perhaps the Catholic Church, will bus illegals from Texas to California instead of flying them.  The over-the-top insanity of doing that, for people who may be headed to the East coast to begin with – and who oh-by-the-way are here illegally – may or may not be a deterrent to federal bureaucrats in this most surreal of crises.

It may take a few days to reconstruct what’s happening.  But my money is on the Obama administration trying to sneak around the patriot watchmen in Murrieta rather than giving up on the plan to process illegals through California.  Except for those manning the Murrieta Border Patrol station, federal agencies meet with less resistance in California than in many other places.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.


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