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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Frustration is mounting for residents in Murrieta, where 140 immigrants are scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long says the city is prepared to handle what he describes as a result of a "failed system." Many of those arriving will be women and children who crossed the border from Mexico.

Border Patrol union rep Gabe Pacheco says after the group is processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol station, they won't be sent back to their home country. 

"From there we are going to figure out if they have a relative from the United States, or they'll be going to one of the public facilities," Pacheco said.

Some believe fears in Southern California are unfounded. 

"Most of the fears and things about disease and criminality and about the border being let open to everybody they just are not really true,” said Ev Meade.

He is the director of Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, a research group studying immigration issues. Once the undocumented immigrants are processed at the Murrieta station, ICE will take custody and handle the hearing process and help them get where they want to go.

"By the way that is not just them punching some kind of meal tickets. They take fingerprints and they check federal law enforcement data bases,” said Meade.

ICE agents will provide a monitoring system like an ankle bracelet for potential flight risks and will not release violent criminals, “90 percent do not return for immigration hearings,” said Pacheco.

Meade says the immigrants will be held accountable.

"We need to calm down have faith in our system and have faith in our values and not throw it out the window in a fit of a hysteria."

Immigrations Customs Enforcement says on the flight will be migrant families not unaccompanied children who are flooding the Texas borders.

More than 26,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the southwest border illegally at this point last year. This year, the number has almost doubled.

“The advertising abroad is - send your children because they are going to stay in the U.S. and eventually they're going to be able to help you,” immigration attorney Jacob Sapochnick said.

Sapochnick says there's been a surge of rumors in Central America following a policy passed by President Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

But the president, in an interview with ABC News, appealed directly to the parents to stop sending kids north.

"Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back, more importantly, they may not make it," President Obama said.

As the government now scrambles to come up with housing options before the kids are eventually sent back, hundreds are now being transported to here to Murrieta to be processed.

Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Ramos says he found out Friday and since then, the information hasn't been clear.

"How do we help the people that are coming in here? We do not have the resources. We have no support of the federal government giving us aid or guidance. We are totally ill-equipped to handle this influx," Ramos said.

Monday, the White House will ask Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency funding to help handle the recent surge of illegal immigrant children into the U.S.

Several dozen Murrieta residents voiced their frustration over the incident. Mayor Long urged them to reach out to federal officials to voice their opinions. About 100 people protested outside the Murrieta Border Patrol station Sunday.

The mayor is hoping to address the city's concern in a town hall meeting on Wednesday.

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