Though it's not clear for how long the reprieve will last, flights will not be coming into San Diego, nor buses to Murrieta.
Murrieta police say were told Wednesday by U.S. Border Patrol officials that there are no flights carrying migrants from Texas to San Diego Thursday-- and none scheduled for the rest of the week -- so there will be no buses transporting migrants to the Murrieta Border Patrol station. And a spokesman for the union representing local Border Patrol agents tells Patch the same.
According to National Border Council Media Representative Gabe Pacheco, it was decided Wednesday that San Diego sector agents will instead help with "remote processing" of the individuals who were supposed to be flown here.
"It's like Skype," he told Patch of the processes in which agents complete the processing via a computer and web cam.
No more flights are scheduled, for the time being.
"Of course that's always subject to change," he said in a telephone interview Thursday morning. "I don't know when."
“I think the agency made the right decision, of not only backing up the buses to avoid the confrontation… but it goes back to everyone being so emotional and this being a flashpoint, and for them to push it, it would have been irresponsible,” Pacheco said.According to the Obama administration, the transferees were being transported from Texas's Rio Grande Valley, where around 40,000 have surrendered at the U.S.-Mexico border since the beginning of the year.
On July 1, an initial group of 140 arrived in San Diego and were driven to Murrieta, where crowds of protesters blocked their entrance to a USBP facility, prompting authorities to take them instead to San Ysidro.
The departure from the Riverside area marked a victory for the roughly 150 demonstrators who decried the foreigners' arrival there, many waving flags and others carrying signs reading "Stop Illegal Immigration" and "Return to Sender."Protesters have continued gathering at the Border Patrol facility, and some clashed with police Friday while waiting to see if more migrants would be arriving.
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– City News Service contributed to this report.