After more than a week of protests by local residents in Murrieta against transfers of illegal aliens caught in Texas to a local U.S. Border Patrol facility, the federal government has called off future transfers to the area–for now.
Late Wednesday, local Fox affiliate KSWB reported that a fourth planeload of illegal aliens–many of them unaccompanied minors–scheduled for Thursday had been canceled, and no future flights would be scheduled.
The announcement will be seen as a victory by anti-illegal immigration activists, who kept a vigil near the U.S. Border Patrol site after successfully blocking the first convoy of buses, which was diverted to another station further south. Two subsequent convoys intended for Murrieta also were diverted to San Ysidro.
However, the government has canceled flights of illegal aliens before, only to place them back on the calendar at short notice.