At midnight July 4, around 100 California residents stood vigil outside of the Murrieta Border Station waiting to block the next busload of illegals.
The protest was organized by Murrieta candidate for City Council Diana Serafin via the following message on Facebook:
We are going to be at the Murrieta Border Station from 12 midnight to 12 noon on America’s birthday July 4th. Each state federal agency and people involved in the transportation of the political pawns (illegals) are being told different stories to keep up off guard. Two different times were given noon and midnight to 3 am. We are going to be there from midnight to noon until buses come in!
I suggest bringing blankets & we can take sleeping shifts. Sleep in our cars! Also make sure you have snacks & water. God bless this nation and protect us.
Keep the calls up. They are getting very frustrated:
Everyone call Chief Paul Beeson and demand he stop shipping illegal people to Murrieta:
619-216-4000 He is the one who made the decision to send illlegal’s to Murrieta.
According to Riverside resident and overnight attendee Louisa Millington, counter- protesters began arriving “by the busloads” at the Border Station around 11 p.m. “They were blowing their car horns and trying to engage the other side in debate…mostly screaming… trying to incite people to get angry.”
At approximately 2 a.m. police radios were heard saying the buses of illegals weren’t coming; at that time, many protesters left but returned later in the afternoon.
Tensions remained high throughout the day including an incident with California PolitiChick writer Lainie Sloane, who was threatened with arrest while trying to park her car.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who gave PolitiChicks a statement from the Murrieta Border Station, says by late afternoon the 400-500 protesters were “chanting and ranting” about things Donnelly says “have nothing to do with this government-created humanitarian crisis.”
“This is all about Obama with his Deferred Action, known as DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) which is the backdoor amnesty for anyone under the age of 16,” says Donnelly, who referred to Obama as the “Human Trafficker in Chief” who precipitated the crisis.
“I have called for President Obama to ask Congress to create a bill to giving them the authority to remove unaccompanied minors from this country and if he won’t do that he should be impeached. He has undermined the sovereignty of this country and he’s using children as pawns to do it. This is all about a political agenda, erasing our borders and undermining the sovereignty of our country and nothing to do with anything else.”
There were reportedly 50-60 news trucks at the protest, which Donnelly called a “side show”.
“The idiocy that the media is covering has nothing to do with the real story,” he says.
“They’re going to report about the Aztec dancers who are making this about indigenous people and the right to have no borders. And they’re report about some of the anti-illegal immigration people on the other side; some of their signs were ugly and some of their sentiments as well–and that is what the media will report.”
“It’s unfortunate because at the center you have children who are being used as political pawns in a government scheme and the media is lapping it up and protecting the president, and blaming and demonizing anyone who speaks out against it.”
Millington encourages people to tweet #HumanShields because “that is exactly what the president is trying to do: objectify children in order to further his political agenda.”
The next busloads of illegals will reportedly be back on July 7, with buses planning to bring 140 illegals every 72 hours. (The first thwarted attempt was on July 1; the second July 4.)
Protesters plan to continue blocking buses from entering the Murrieta community.
Photos courtesy Tim Donnelly and PolitiChick Beth Baumann.