The plane touched down in San Diego just after 10 a.m. and taxied to the eastern side of the airport, where it was met by three buses from the Department of Homeland Security. As with the flights on Tuesday and Friday, the passengers were mostly mothers and their children.
At about 10:40 a.m., the loaded buses left the airport and headed south on Interstate 5. They arrived in San Ysidro at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol station on Beyer Boulevard at about 11 a.m., where they were unloaded from the buses into a secure facility for processing.
Last Tuesday, authorities attempted to bus the first flight of immigrants to Murrieta in Riverside County, but protesters blocked the buses from entering the town. The three buses turned around and headed south to the Beyer Boulevard facility. After undergoing health screenings, some of the immigrants were taken to local hospitals for treatment of undisclosed health problems. The rest were dispersed to other Border Patrol stations around San Diego County.
Protesters have continued gathering at the Border Patrol facility in Murrieta. Some clashed with police on Friday while waiting to see if more migrants would be arriving.
The migrants, many of them women and children, are among tens of thousands of citizens of Central American countries who have poured into the United States via Texas this year, according to ICE officials.
The Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector has been overwhelmed by the arrivals, prompting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to seek other locations to send them until their cases can be assessed.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials initially set Riverside County as the end point for processing the migrants.
Murrieta Mayor Alan Long told concerned residents during a town hall meeting last week that the city had coordinated with the Border Patrol to ensure that the anticipated influx didn’t create an untenable situation locally.
He expressed frustration that the federal government was moving its “headache” to Riverside County but assured residents that those set to arrive didn’t have criminal backgrounds.