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A California city is bracing for a wave of buses bringing in undocumented immigrants from overcrowded border facilities — setting the stage for a replay of an ugly confrontation that erupted before the first bus was rerouted Tuesday evening. Police in Murrieta did not intervene as dozens of protesters blocked the road and shouted "Go back to Mexico" at the bus or when the demonstrators clashed with a smaller group of immigrant supporters who yelled "Bienvenidos California!" Tensions ran high as one protester spat in the face of another, and it seemed as though fistfights might break out at several points.

The bus eventually turned around and took the immigrants to San Ysidro for processing. Immigration authorities have refused to comment on where they were taken next or whether more buses will be sent to Murrieta. City officials said they have been told to expect buses arriving every 72 hours as the feds struggle to relieve overcrowding at border facilities coping with waves of unaccompanied children.



— Miquel Almaguer