MURRIETA, Calif. — A California mayor urged residents on Monday to fight a plan to fly migrant families from Texas for processing at a Border Patrol facility in his city.
Murrieta Mayor Alan Long said border officials told him a flight carrying 140 people was expected Tuesday. Migrants will be processed and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Police are ready for any security issues, and a mobile hospital unit will be positioned outside the facility to provide additional medical screening if needed, Long said. He acknowledged that migrants would not be released locally and do not have criminal records.
Still, he urged residents in the Riverside County suburb of 107,000 people some 60 miles north of San Diego to call their elected officials and voice opposition to the plan.