Over the last week, approximately 300 angry protestors have been gathered in the Southern Calif. town of Murrieta, blocking the road for buses carrying 140 undocumented migrant children and their parents.
Most of the people carried on the buses were from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where there has been an increased rate of violence, crime and poverty in recent years.
Furthermore, most of the passengers on the three buses that have been turned away by the protestors have been women and children. This makes the situation much more complex, as a law from the George W. Bush administration forbids the government to deport children without taking them into custody and giving each individual child a deportation hearing.
US Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has stated that the Obama administration is speeding up its processing of adults who enter the country illegally and is opening up more detention facilities. The secretary admitted, however, that the case of the 10,000 or so children that have entered the country in recent months is a more complicated issue due to the law.
According to The Daily Mail, "White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that while the administration will allow the immigration review process to take place, officials so far don't expect many of the children arriving at the border to be able to stay in the U.S."
Earnest later added, "It's unlikely that most of these kids will qualify for humanitarian relief. It means they will not have a legal basis for remaining in this country and will be returned."
Nonetheless, protestors from all over the southwest have taken the situation into their own hands, and have themselves been causing problems for the federal government. According to sources on the scene, protestors are being warned that the feds may be sending riot police to the site to control the protestors.