Plans to use California’s Border Patrol stations in San Diego and Murrieta as processing centers for hundreds of aliens, mostly children, pouring into the United States through Texas and Arizona has been curbed.
Local law enforcement, city and state leaders have been educating officials with Customs Border Patrol on the limited resources available and the risks involving public safety.
“We don’t have the infrastructure and support to handle hundreds of illegal immigrants,” said Murrieta’s Police Captain Rob Firmes. “It would make them transients which mean homelessness, putting at risk the safety of our citizens.”
Firmes said twice in June the city was warned that undocumented immigrants would be arriving and twice it was rescinded. On Monday, June 23 around 4:00 p.m., Firmes said he received another call from the CBP stating plans to send the aliens to San Diego and Murrieta will not happen and the immigrants will be processed at various centers throughout Texas.
“We are monitoring this situation closely. The CBP could reverse their decision at any time,” said Firmes.
It has been reported by the CBP more than 52,000 unaccompanied youths have been detained along the Southwest border, double the amount from last year. The surge is fueled by false rumors that minors and women with young children will be welcomed.
Temecula’s Senior Management Analyst, Betsy Lowrey, said city officials have been in communications with Congressional representatives and Murrieta officials to determine accurate information regarding Border Patrol plans for transporting/processing illegal immigrants at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station.
Lowery wrote in an email to the Valley News, Congressman Ken Calvert’s Communication Director also received information from the CBP office in San Diego Monday, June 23.
Rep. Calvert clearly addressed his outraged following statement in response to an announcement by Paul Beeson, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, that detained illegal immigrants from Central America will likely be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station as soon as next week.
Calvert questions in the press release how taxpayer’s money is being used to fly undocumented children around the country, “My constituents expect our federal government to enforce our laws, including the deportation of illegal immigrants caught crossing our borders. On Monday morning, I will be contacting Customs and Border Patrol to convey my strong opposition to their actions and to express the concerns of my constituents in Murrieta and the surrounding communities. Instead of flying these illegal immigrants to southern California, we should be flying them back to their country of origin.”
Calvert’s entire press release can be read here: http://calvert.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=385431
Last week, Rep. Calvert signed on as a cosponsor to H.Res. 442, the Stop This Overreaching Presidency Resolution, which directs the House to institute legal action to require the President to comply with immigration laws.
In 1996, Rep. Calvert created E-Verify, a web-based program that checks the Social Security numbers or alien identification numbers of new hires against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records in order to eliminate fraudulent numbers and help ensure that new hires are eligible to work in the U.S. The program is free to use and quickly confirms 99.7% of work-eligible employees. Today, over 500,000 American employers voluntarily use E-Verify.
Marie Waldron who represents California’s 75th Assembly District, which stretches from Temecula to San Marcos, and includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Rainbow, Valley Center, and Vista accuses the federal government in being derelict in its duty to the people of the United States through its failure to secure the borders.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released a statement today to address this situation,
“Our strategy is three-fold: (1) process the increased tide of unaccompanied children through the system as quickly as possible; (2) stem the increased tide of illegal migration into the Rio Grande Valley; and (3) do these things in a manner consistent with our laws and values as Americans.”
To read the entire statement click on: http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/06/24/statement-secretary-homeland-security-jeh-johnson-house-committee-homeland-security
Although plans to process hundreds of aliens at the San Diego and Murrieta border patrol stations have been halted Firmes said local law enforcement are on standby for the CBP to reverse their current ruling.