Murrieta, CA (KSWB) – Three buses carrying about 140 undocumented who were being taken to Murrieta Tuesday afternoon were greeted by angry protesters and turned away from their intended destination.
The immigrants were flown from a Texas Boarder Patrol Station to San Diego, where they landed shortly after noon.
They then boarded three Department of Homeland Security buses and headed north on Interstate 15 toward the Murrieta Border Patrol Station.
When they approached Murrieta, they were greeted by about 100 protesters holding signs including “Return to Sender,””Stop illegal immigration,” and “Support U.S. Boarder Patrol.”
A small band of immigrant supporters also made a showing outside the Murrieta facility, but their shouts were largely drowned out by the opposing camp.
The buses then turned around for unknown reasons and began heading south on Interstate 15 and began driving south to San Diego.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack declined to disclose where the migrants were being taken, but by late afternoon, the buses were seen pulling into a Customs and Border Protection facility in San Ysidro.
The majority of immigrants on the buses were mothers and children.
According to reports, the migrants are fleeing violence, murders and extortion from criminal gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.