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Immigration protests on the Fourth of July

Independence Day brought another round of angry demonstrations in the California town of Murietta.
Protesters and counter-protestors clashed over what the White House has called a humanitarian crisis.
Tens of thousands of migrants from Central America, many of them children, are crossing into the U.S. illegally.
They're being taken by the busload to towns like Murietta for processing.

Pro and anit-immigation forces celebrated the Fourth of July, by using the right of assembly to scream at each other.

Separated by police, this is the second time these forces have faced off at the Murrieta Border Patrol station.

Earlier in the week, they blocked the entrance to the station.

Buses of undocumented immigrants from Central America were forced to turn around.

In Texas, an influx of undocumented migrants, many of them children, have crammed the facilities.

There aren't enough beds, bathrooms or food.

A total of 60,000 to 80,000 children without parents are expected to cross the borders illegally this year.

To cope, the government is putting them on planes and buses to nearby towns, and processing them at Border Patrol centers in smaller towns like Murrieta.

A second round of buses was anticipated on July Fourth.

Murrieta protesters came on this Independence Day to say that they're not welcome.

One protester saying, "we're not gonna stand for it. That's just how it is. There's thousands and millions of other people who've done it the right way, but for people to just come in here and ask for free handout, that's my money."

Migrant rights supporters say on this holiday, Murrieta should recall America's own history of its birth, and that it's a nation of immigrants.

"Impoverished Europeans came here in droves in the 1800's and up to 1900's. And now when we have refugee crises happening other places and they're trying to come through the borders, suddenly it's different because we have these divisions based on race, based on language and based on chauvinism", says a migrant right supporter.

While both sides engaged in plenty of free speech, the protest was relatively peaceful, although several were arrested. 

The buses never did show up, but if they do return, protesters promise they'll be here to greet them.