It has been reported that 140 illegal immigrants are being shipped from Texas to California before being released to friends and family members or being told to report to an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office within 15 days to start the deportation process. Many of those who are being flown to a Border Patrol station near San Diego are part of a large number of Central Americans who have crossed the border in recent weeks.
The plan is to have about 140 immigrants processed at a Border Patrol station in Murrieta starting on July 1, and the process may be repeated every 72 hours for a number of weeks. According to officials, the reason why immigrants have been sent to California to potentially be released to relatives or friends is because there are too many people to be held in Texas where many have crossed the border at the Rio Grande Valley.
The mayor of Murrieta claims that this is spreading community resources too thin and that requiring them to do so is a failure to enforce federal law. The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that there will be no immigration reform bill anytime soon that many had hoped would help solve crises such as this one. President Obama has said that he will move more resources to the border from the interior of the country.
Those who reach the United States without documentation may be sent back to their home country soon after arrival. However, it may be possible to petition the government for temporary or permanent residency if an individual knows someone in the country or asks for political asylum. Immigration attorneys may make it easier for anyone in the country illegally to obtain some sort of legal residency status.
Source: Reuters, "U.S. to move some Central American immigrants to California", ALEX DOBUZINSKIS, June 30, 2014