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Protesters against illegal immigration stand ready with their flags while the sun rises at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta July, 4, 2014. Protesters on both sides of the issue are waiting for the possible arrival of more busloads of immigrant detainees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Residents express their feelings in Murrieta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Concerned citizens cruise by the Border Patrol station in Murrieta after the protests.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Officials escorting immigrant detainees to a facility at the U.S. Border Patrol in Murrieta watch as protesters block the road.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Mexican flags flap in the breeze in front of the U.S. Border Patrol office in Murrieta, where hours earlier a large group of local residents turned away three buses carrying immigrant detainees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Protester Jessica Davis shouts at counter-demonstrators in front of the U.S. Border Patrol office in Murrieta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Immigrant-rights activist Lupillo Rivera, right, squares off with a large crowd of local citizens carrying flags and posters on the street in front of the U.S. Border Patrol in Murrieta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A crowd of 200 to 300 people in downtown Murrieta surround three buses carrying immigrant detainees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Murrieta Police try to clear a crowd of protestors blocking three buses carrying immigrant detainees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A large group of people carrying flags and posters on Tuesday protest a caravan of three buses carrying immigrant detainees, who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas, to a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Murrieta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Latino community verbally square off with residents opposed to illegal immigration in front of the U.S. Border Patrol office in Murrieta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Murrieta residents Carol Schlaepfer, left, and Beverly Trigilio boo when President Obama's name is mentioned during a town hall meeting at Vista Murrieta High School.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Murrieta resident Martin Doran and others cheer comments made by Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long stands in the wings while residents are briefed at a town hall meeting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A group supporting immigrant rights gathers outside the performing arts building at Murrieta Mesa High School during the town hall meeting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Latin singer Lupillo Rivera is mobbed by followers and supporters after Rivera spoke during the town hall meeting at Murrieta Mesa High School on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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First Person: Mark Boster 72 hours on the Murrieta immigration front

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First Person: Mark Boster 72 hours on the Murrieta immigration front

Tuesday, July 1, started like most days do. At 7 a.m. I had a brief photo assignment at the Lynwood Courthouse and while I was driving to Brentwood for my next assignment I started hearing about three busloads of immigrant detainees arriving in Murrieta. Interesting. I just had a gut feeling that it was not going to go smoothly. A few hours later, 157321_staff_JLC_my feeling was proved correct and I started to hear radio reports of crowds of concerned citizens gathering at the Border Patrol facility. Photo editor Bob Chamberlin made the call and sent me on the 90-minute drive to Murrieta. When I arrived there were over 100 people on the sides of the road with flags and signs. The rumors started swirling that some of the citizens were going to block the buses. I was suddenly thrust into a national news story as the crowd did indeed step in front of the convoy. There was pushing, shoving and anger on the hot July afternoon. I have now been covering this story for almost 72-hours straight. I have been wearing the same clothes for the past two days, I stayed in a hotel last night and managed to get six hours of sleep. This whirlwind of patriotism and citizen protest is an example of democracy at work. My job is to tell the story as it unfolds in front of me, while giving a voice to both sides of the issue.

1 Comment

  1. July 4, 2014, 9:41 am

    Nah. Not patriotism. Not democracy in action. There were mostly women and children on that bus. Those "protestors" violated the only rule to live by. Do unto others.

    By: Ray Laskowitz

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