Immigration crisis comes to California town

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The city at the center of the nation's immigration fight held a town hall last night, where some wanted to welcome migrant families and others wanted to turn them away.

It was a heated debate in Murietta, California, where another wave of undocumented immigrants is expected to arrive Friday.

Residents are angry about migrants being sent to their town because facilities in Texas are overwhelmed by the influx of undocumented immigrants from Central America, many of them are unaccompanied children.

Murietta officials say they were told to expect 140 immigrants every 72 hours. The next group is scheduled to arrive on the Fourth of July.

The U.S. government is starting an advertising campaign in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Billboards, radio and TV ads will warn people about the dangers of crossing the border to the U.S.

Later Thursday, a U.S. Homeland Security committee will hold a field hearing in McAllen, Texas to discuss the crisis at the border.

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