A group of protesters shouting anti-immigration slogans blocked the arrival of two buses carrying 136 undocumented Central American immigrants to a U.S. Border Patrol station in California on Tuesday.
Several dozen protesters, some waving U.S. flags, converged outside the site in Murrieta, California, about an hour drive from San Diego.
Mounting a physical barrier to the vehicles, some of the demonstrators carried signs reading, "Return to sender."
In response, the buses backed away from the facility. Their next destination was not immediately known.
Earlier in the day, the undocumented migrants — a group of adults and their children — flew to Southern California from Texas, where they had been held at overcrowded facilities. After being processed at the Murrieta facility, officials said the migrants would most likely be released under limited supervision to await deportation proceedings.
A day earlier, Murrieta Mayor Alan Long urged residents in the suburb of 107,000 people to call their elected officials and voice opposition to the plan. He said police in the city were ready for any security issues, though he acknowledged migrants were not to be released locally and do not have criminal records.