WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 — In the wake of our earlier reports on the protests in Murrieta, California against Border Patrol processing and detention, Communities Digital News was on the scene today once again looking at the situation as it continues to resonate locally and nationally.
Yet another large contingent of pro-enforcement minded citizens showed up at both ends of the street intersecting the Murrieta Border Patrol station. The local and national news media (NBC, ABC, CBS stations from San Diego and Los Angeles, CNN, Fox News, Univision, Telemundo, Noticias 34) and their comm trucks were highly visible and they still consider the attempts at bringing the migrants into Murrieta, big news.
Among the citizens groups participating in the protest rally which got underway shortly before 10:30AM, were the organization Stand With The Citizens Of Murrieta. After about 2 hours, a message was relayed to the protestors that the Border Patrol canceled their run up from San Diego or re-routed the buses carrying migrants to an alternate location. Disregarding this as a possible false rumor, the protestors stayed around and waited until the Murrieta Police took down the yellow tape and confirmed it as fact.
The Murrieta P.D. Sergeant in charge, who, by the way, was not decked out in riot gear, nor were the other officers, was so pleased at the responsible and organized demeanor of the crowd, that he told them they could remain with no further supervision.
Today’s event was not sparsely attended as July 4th’s was, due to better communication and organization of the groups and their ability to alert members on short notice. At it’s peak there were somewhere between 140 to 180 pro-enforcement individuals – one group on the corner of Fig and Madison and the other on Elm and Madison. A quick head count of the open borders, La Raza contingent tallied a total of 15 individuals. They were not well staged to command the attention of the media in attendance, but proportionately got much more coverage from what could be observed.
What was especially remarkable was the demographic composition of the anti-illegal immigration protestors. Contrary to the cartoonish left wing image of opposition to open borders – it is not just an old, right wing, white, cranky, racially prejudiced, baby boomer obsession – but rather one of concern to a very wide demographic of Americans.
To underline this, there was a much larger group of Americans of Hispanic heritage in support of immigration and border enforcement than there was of Hispanics favoring open borders. In addition, there were a lot of teens, 20 and 30 somethings and blacks within the pro-enforcement contingent.
This is not the race issue it is being made out as. This is a rule of law issue, a Constitutional issue, a taxpayer and public responsibility issue that cuts across all racial and ethnic lines. CommDigiNewsHour will be presenting a Blog Talk Radio live broadcast from Murrieta, on Wednesday July 9th at 3:30PM PST / 6:30PM EST, hosted by myself and featuring guests from the community to discuss the charges of racism, the protests and the impacts on citizens and taxpayers.