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A Murrieta resident speaks: The truth behind the Murrieta Border Patrol protests that you won’t get from the media
July 8, 2014
By: Robert Thompson
The national media is having a feeding frenzy over the issue of housing illegal immigrants in the city of Murrieta, California and the protests from opposing sides of this issue. In order to create as much conflict and divisiveness as possible, much of the facts behind the story are not being relayed. In addition, misinformation is rampant. This is why I am writing to tell the true story as to what is happening. I am a local, regular citizen of Murrieta who has personally attended many of the recent events and simply wants the truth to come out about the protests.
First, let me briefly describe the city of Murrieta. This city is a sleepy, family oriented town in Southern California with a population of just over 100,000. The population in Murrieta is multi-ethnic, educated, and family oriented. Furthermore, the city has one of the lowest crime rates in the state of California. You could say that Murrieta is an oasis in the middle of Southern California’s twenty three million people.
Last month, a few local residents began hearing that the Border Patrol facility in town was being worked on with some major renovations. These regular citizens connected the dots and realized that the federal government was going to try and house some of the illegal immigrants now flooding into the country from Central America. About 25 concerned people met with the staff of Congressman Ken Calvert in the month of June and expressed concern over the housing of illegal immigrants in Murrieta. Shortly after this meeting, the Border Patrol announced that the Murrieta facility would not be used to receive illegal immigrants. However, late on Friday June 27th, the Border Patrol reversed course and said that the Murrieta facility would immediately begin housing Central American illegal immigrants flown in from Texas.
It is not cynical to suggest that the federal government intentionally misled the local public in order to reduce the building concern of housing and potentially releasing illegal immigrants into the local community. Once they were ready with the facility, they announced at the end of the day on Friday, June 27, basically over the weekend, that the illegal immigrants would be arriving the following Tuesday, July 1st. These illegal immigrants from Texas would be flown in to San Diego every 72 hours in groups of about 120 people. This would go on indefinitely. The federal government did not even have the courtesy to notify local government officials prior to this reversal announcement on June 27.
Based on this reversal, the mayor of Murrieta, Alan Long, gave a press conference asking local residents to contact the federal government officials to protest or raise their concerns to such officials. When the buses arrived on Tuesday, July 1st, many protesters were there on site. Due to anger at the federal government’s reversal and rapid movements, many protestors stood in the way of the buses. It was the decision of the Border Patrol, not the Murrieta police department, to turn around and head back to facilities in San Diego.
Murrieta mayor Alan Long held Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, July 2, to an overflow crowd. After reaching capacity at 750 people, there were still about 200 people who had to be turned away. Such a turnout was unprecedented and remarkable for this city. The mayor had local and federal officials attend and provide information. I was there and learned disturbing information such as the fact that four of the medically pre-screened illegal immigrants flown in from Texas and re-routed back to San Diego had to be hospitalized due to illness. A further 40 individuals had to be quarantined due to communicable disease. These were the illegal immigrants destined to Murrieta. We also learned that the facility in Murrieta was never designed to hold families and anything remotely close to it. It is for holding drug mules and illegal immigrants of up to 25 people maximum in a temporary manner. It was noted at the meeting that it would be inhumane to hold families at this facility due to the lack of basic hygiene equipment.
The overriding theme from the three hour Town Hall meeting was that despite legitimate concerns of local residents and local government, the federal government had the power and was going to do what it wanted. The federal officials said that the law forced them to process these Central American or OTMs (other than Mexicans) and then release them into the community with family members or charitable organizations that would take them. The fate of the Murrieta Border Patrol facility was their decision only and public safety was also their decision only. In fact, the federal officials said that laws prevented them from accepting a temporary medical hospital that the local government wanted to set up right outside of the border patrol station.
Local residents from the immediate area and some others from within Southern California rallied again on Friday, July 4th. While most people were celebrating Independence Day, about 200 protestors split themselves into several groups in order to protest all possible entry points into the Murrieta Border Patrol station. Opposing protesters, who were organized in part via Univision and Spanish radio, came in to counter protest in support of the illegal immigrants. They all concentrated at the main protest location. The net effect of the protests was to force the federal officials from busing in the second plane load of illegal immigrants from Central America to Murrieta.
Yet again on Monday, July 7th, a third plane load of illegal immigrants flew into San Diego from Texas. Another protest group of about 150 to 200 people in total split themselves again to protest all entry points into the border patrol facility. As the protest group kept growing over the early afternoon, the Murrieta police department made an announcement to the protesters that the federal government was not going to bus any illegal immigrants into Murrieta on July 7th. The Murrieta police were getting concerned about the increasing size of the protesters and about the safety of the situation on the ground. Therefore, once the Border Patrol told them that they would not send the illegal immigrants into Murrieta, the local police were hoping the protestors would thin out. This was in fact the case as many of the protestors felt that their voice was heard for the day and no buses were going to arrive that day.
So we can see that the federal government officials are playing a waiting out game with the protestors. They hope that the anger felt by the local residents will subside and then they can use the Murrieta Border Patrol facility as they wish. However, as a local resident in Murrieta who is there with the protestors, I can tell you that the citizens are not going to back down.
It is critical to address the issue of the name calling that is going on with the Murrieta protests. The media keeps airing noise that the protestors and residents of Murrieta are racist and uncompassionate. This is an attack tactic that is baseless. If you were in the group of protestors like I have been, you will see people of many varied ethnic groups. Legal immigrants from countries all over the world have protested. Yes, there are a very small number of individuals who have extremist viewpoints. However, these very few individuals do not represent the ordinary citizens who are there protesting for their community. In fact, what is shocking is how the media ignores the counter protestors from La Raza and “Brown” militant groups in brown military style uniforms who are protesting for the illegal immigrants. These individuals are clearly racist in nature yet they receive no national coverage. Also, only some conservative news outlets have reported the burning of the American flag that took place by the pro-illegal immigrants on Independence Day.
One major story that was misreported by the news outlets was the arrest of four individuals on July 4th. The news reports only stated that four protestors were arrested, including one for assault against a police officer. Why they did not state the full facts that they were pro-illegal immigrant protesters is beyond reason. These individuals got in the face of an elderly protestor who was there to protest the shipment of illegal immigrants into Murrieta. They kept taunting her and pushing closer to her as a group. She finally stood up when they then slapped her. As the crowd started reacting to the incident, they began to flee. Police officers then quickly caught up the them where they began to resist arrest. It is of significance that three of those arrested were from outside of the Murrieta area except for one who was from a town just north of Murrieta. One would think that the whole story would be relevant, yet the news stories only reported that four “protestors” were arrested. This left anyone to believe that the “protestors” were some of the many citizens there to protest the shipment of illegal immigrants to Murrieta. This was of course not the case.
So let me re-address the issue of racism and compassion. This has nothing to do with racism. This has everything to do with the rule of law and the rights of local residents to have a say in what goes on in their community. There are a few racist individuals on both sides of the protest issue. It would not be a stretch to suggest that a greater percentage of the pro-illegal immigrant protestors have racist viewpoints (i.e. La Raza members) than the protestors against the busing in of illegal into Murrieta. With respect to compassion, the Murrieta Border Patrol facility is not equipped for families. Furthermore, to show compassion, the protestors would all likely agree to help these illegal immigrants from Central America within their own country. Until such time as the border is secure and illegal immigrants are not being released into the interior of the country, it is not reasonable to ask for such support. These illegal immigrants are coming here and forcing the issue. We as a nation are spending vast amounts of money and we have a federal government who is complicit in wanting more illegal immigration for political reasons. It is not compassionate to favor illegal immigration for political reasons. I feel safe in saying that most Murrieta area residents believe in the rule of law and compassion all at the same time. It is not a one or the other situation like the media would like to portray.
The damage that the media is causing can be significant. Some opposing organizations are now even asking Attorney General Eric Holder to charge Murrieta protestors as terrorists. This is the climate that the media wants to create. They thrive on conflict as it generates “business” for them. Educate yourself on what is truly going on in Murrieta. Attend the protests and see for yourself. If not, at least research all of the facts before making any conclusions.