Reform Advocate: People of Murrieta have made us `proud’

“The ripple effect from Murrieta is a wake-up call,” Gheen said. “I would encourage people to stand in front of buses and planes, protest outside federal detention centers. Stop these waves of illegals. Our country and Constitution depend on it.”

As federal officials prepare again to send busloads of undocumented immigrants to a Border Patrol station in Murrieta, the head of an immigration reform group praised area residents who turned back buses in protest earlier this week, saying the action had a “ripple effect” throughout the country.

“A lot of citizens are looking at what happened in Murrieta and want to replicate that,” said William Gheen, executive director of Americans for Legal Immigration. “We are really proud of the folks in Murrieta.”

Gheen, who spoke to City News Service as he boarded up his Raleigh, N.C., home in anticipation of Hurricane Arthur, hoped more grassroots activists would openly oppose the arrival of “illegal immigrants and the agents permitting them to flagrantly break our laws.”

“This is not a natural or random phenomenon,” Gheen said. “This is an organized effort. It’s about finding new ways to circumvent laws that President Obama and others don’t like. This has nothing to do with a humanitarian situation that just suddenly occurred. It’s being orchestrated.”


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