Illegal Immigrants to Begin Arriving in Murrieta Tuesday

ICE is expected to release them into the community; no plans are in place for where they'll go; mayor expresses frustration with move.

Mayor Long says more than 100 immigrants could arrive Tuesday. (Photo: Patch Archive)
Mayor Long says more than 100 immigrants could arrive Tuesday. (Photo: Patch Archive)

Nearly 150 migrants who entered the country illegally and are bound for a Border Patrol facility in Riverside County could be released from custody until the government figures out what to do with them, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Monday.

The border runners, whom federal officials say are mostly "adults with children," are among tens of thousands of citizens of Central American countries who have poured into the United States via Texas this year.

The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector has been overwhelmed by the arrivals, prompting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to seek other locations to send them until their cases can be assessed.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection's El Centro and San Diego sectors are about to begin assisting with the processing of migrants apprehended in South Texas, many of whom are adults with children," according to an ICE statement.

"CBP will transfer certain individuals to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Removal Operations, where appropriate custody determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis, prioritizing national security and public safety."

The ICE document specifies that Murrieta will be the end point for "processing" the individuals, noting that they "may be released with instructions to report to a local ICE office near their destination address within 15 days."

Where exactly the transferees, anticipated to begin arriving this week, will go while awaiting adjudication of their cases was not clear, though ICE officials pointed out that faith-based charities, non-governmental organizations and the migrants' own consular offices in Los Angeles were being asked to lend a hand.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long told concerned residents during a town hall meeting Monday that the city is coordinating with the Border Patrol to ensure the sudden influx doesn't create an untenable situation locally.

He expressed frustration that the federal government was moving its "headache" to Riverside County but assured residents that the individuals set to arrive don't have criminal backgrounds.

Long said he was informed by border officials that about 140 of the immigrants could arrive in Murrieta by bus tomorrow.

Ira Mehlman with the Federation for American Immigration Reform told City News Service there is no way of knowing "with certainty" the histories of those being brought to the area. Mehlman said some of the "children" who have been showing up and surrendering to federal agents along the border look older than they claim and have been identified as affiliates of criminal syndicates such as the notorious MS-13.

"Before the Obama administration put a gag order on the Border Patrol, agents were saying they recognized some of these so-called 'kids' as gang members," Mehlman said. "The agents were forced to take them anyway. The last thing any community wants is more gang members running around."

Mehlman said the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, policy initiative has served as an "inducement" for undocumented immigrants to make a mad dash across the U.S.-Mexico border.

"There's no question about a surge," Mehlman said. "The estimates are 90,000 DACA asylum-seekers this year and 150,000 next year. DACA sends a signal that if you're a minor, you'll get to stay in the United States, regardless of immigration status."

According to Mehlman, DACA is a spin-off of the DREAM Act, which has failed to attain federal legislative approval, though a number of states, including California, have enacted their own versions. Under California's DREAM Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria are provided with financial aid for college. Critics characterize DACA and the DREAM Act as just backdoor forms of amnesty.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has blamed President Barack Obama directly for the "national security crisis" being created by the influx at the southern border.

"The president has failed to take the necessary steps to address this crisis," Boehner said last week, stressing the need for increased security and a better use of federal resources to get the migrants processed.

Obama shot back today, saying the Republican-controlled House should have passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill by now that lays out steps for resolving contingencies like the migrant surge.

"It's bad for our economy and it's bad for our future," Obama said.

He said he had ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to step in to find housing for the detainees.

Mehlman told City News Service said one way to expedite vetting migrants to determine who has a legitimate case for asylum and who doesn't is for the federal government to dispatch immigration "adjudicators" to the border to "determine immediately who has a viable case for staying, and identify those who don't and should be deported."

"The government is just scrambling around now," Mehlman said. "That goes back to Mr. Obama's policies and a total lack of enforcement of our laws."

--City News Service

Richard Cranium July 08, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Jake, This has nothing to do with hate. This has to do with our Constitutional Law. It seems you have forgotten about that. The imigrations laws are very clear and worked for generations until people started to molist it. My family is full of LEGAL IMIGRANTs. They ALL followed the laws, were sponsored, paid the fees, got jobs, started bussiness and served this great nation. So you say piss on their following the LAW and go ahead and do what every you want. My best friend was hit by a van while doing his job. He was laid up in hospitals for a year. He is now a brain injury patient as labeled on his ID, records and paperwork. His life has been turned upside down. The person that hit him, was ILLEGAL, no drivers license, no insurance and did not own the van. He was deported and seen back shortly after that. Nothing was done to the illegal. My buddy got NO MONEY to support him now. It has been 5 years since the accident. He fights every day to make it. My buddy did nothing wrong but go to work. So Jake don't talk to me or anyone else about things you know nothing about. You call us racist because it makes you feel safe and better about yourself. But Jake you are the true hater. You hate the Great nation just as the president does. So next time you are sending that wellfare money you get, remember who pays for it. If you hate the laws of the nation so much, GET THE HELL OUT !!!
Cynthia July 09, 2014 at 03:37 PM
I totally get why people want to be here- it is a land of immigrants, but what I don't get it is the attitude if entitlement. Entitled to drive, rent, work, have healthcare etc etc same as citizens and legal residents, but with out papers? It defines logic and common sense. Why bother having laws then? Try going to another country on this earth, and doing any of these things without papers and see how far you get. The other thing no one speaks about is a lot of illegals or PC term "undocumented" people are criminals in their home countries, but since they are here illegally they are not vetted so you don't know who they are. Many go by fake names etc. So for the ones who want the undocumented people here think twice you are putting yourself and your loved ones in danger and you will be funding your hard earn money on individuals who will take advantage of your country and affect our city not in a good way! I love that this Nation is multicultural and I don't have an issue with others who want to have an American nationality and contribute to our nations economy and contribute to better their lives my issue is with undocumented people wanted to take advantage of this country and have an attitude of entitlement and have the mentality of what this country can do for me it's what do you have to offer to better yourself and this country. If you come here illegally you come at your own risk, and should not expect to have things handed to you just because. As human beings yes, we need to help children, but in the correct way, where we don't put our nation's children ay risk. Our president needs to work closely with the presidents of the undocumented people and give them resources to better their country! If we continue to except the responsibility of other countries we are going to deal with possible dangers and more debt we will be the ones to suffer including our children. Obama is very irresponsible to have let this occur and for the president of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador they need to ask themselves why are my people leaving? If there is a problem wake up and help your people! You should be embarrassed that another country is putting up with your responsibility! Enough is enough!!!!
KMA July 09, 2014 at 04:09 PM
They are beggars and criminals in their own countries so why should we expect any different actions here.
Cynthia July 09, 2014 at 04:19 PM
KMA we won't unfortunately if indeed they are criminals and from a gang which is a fact we do have gang members who are illegal living in California there was a gang bust a few years ago and were deported back to their country and now I'm seeing that some who have recently came here illegally were indeed gang members. I have already seen the gang logo graffitied here at the shopping center near Clinton Keith.


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