Dueling im­mi­gra­tion ral­lies held in Cal­i­for­nia

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

MUR­RI­ETA, Calif. (AP) — Ru­mors had swirled among anti-im­mi­gra­tion ac­tivists near a U.S. Bor­der Pa­trol sta­tion in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia that the agency would try again to bus in some of the im­mi­grants who have flooded across the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der.

In­stead, they got dueling anti- and pro-im­mi­gra­tion ral­lies Fri­day.

The crowd of 200 out­side the sta­tion in Mur­ri­eta waved signs and some­times shouted at each other. One ban­ner read: “Proud LE­GAL Amer­i­can. It doesn’t work any other way.” An­other coun­tered: “Against il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion? Great! Go back to Europe!”

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers sep­a­rated the two sides and con­tained them on one ap­proach to the sta­tion, leav­ing open an ap­proach from the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

It was not cer­tain, how­ever, that any buses would ar­rive on Fri­day. Be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns, federal au­thor­i­ties have said they will not pub­li­cize im­mi­grant trans­fers among bor­der pa­trol fa­cil­i­ties.

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