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Migrant families turned away, sent to San Ysidro

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Dozens of undocumented families are being taken care of at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office in San Ysidro after they were forced away by protesters in Murrieta. What happens next?

One of three Homeland Security buses carrying many undocumented migrants left the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office in San Ysidro around midnight. Officials blocked media and camera crews from following the bus, and won't confirm where it's headed and why, citing safety reasons.

"It hits me really hard," a detainees' supporter said.

Angry protestors blocked 140 detainees from entering Murrieta where they were originally supposed to be processed at a Border Patrol facility on Tuesday. The migrants included families and children that left Central America due to extreme violence, drugs and sex- trafficking.

Olga Martinez camped outside of Border Patrol in San Ysidro, and was one of dozens showing support.

"They've already gone through so much bad. I don't want them to suffer more," Martinez said.

"There are people who care about them too and not everyone is going to be mean to them," another supporter said.

The group was flown from a holding facility at the Texas/Mexico border to Lindbergh Field in San Diego Tuesday. But instead of making it to Murrieta in Riverside County, they changed course.

"Hopefully they understand this isn't what this country is about," a supporter said.

Now they're being screened by health professionals in San Ysidro, while several children were treated for illnesses at local hospitals.

After being processed, the migrants will be turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and taken to a transition center in Riverside County.

They'll either be deported or have a chance at asylum. Anyone staying with family or friends will be taken to bus terminals or airports but have to report back to ICE agents in 15 days. They'll be connected to other Border Patrol facilities including El Cajon, El Centro, Chula Vista and San Clemente.

"Give the little kids a chance," a little girl said.

"I just don't want them to go back because nothing good is waiting for them," a support said.

This only the first wave of migrants entering Southern California. Every three days, groups of 140 or more will be transported. That's because tens of thousands of undocumented families are being held at the Texas/Mexico border.

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