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Migrant mother shares details about journey to US

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For the first time we're hearing from some of the migrants who have been transferred to San Diego. 

So far, two groups have been flown here to help alleviate a surge of undocumented immigrants crossing into Texas from Central America.

Saturday - many, including young children, were processed as this crisis continues.

Sitting outside the downtown federal building alongside her three children Saturday - this woman, who did not want to speak on camera, told CBS News 8 she left Honduras for the United States in search of a better life.

After reaching Texas, she became one of thousands who did the same - clogging detention centers there.

She and her family were part of the first group made up of 140 people transferred to San Diego on Tuesday.

They flew into Lindbergh Field and boarded buses headed for Murrieta. But when they arrived, protesters blocked their path -- many yelling at them to go home. The buses were forced to turn around and drive to San Ysidro.

The young mother says seeing the protesters made her fear for her life and the lives of her children.

When pressed for more information, she said Honduras is a dangerous place and she feared retaliation if she shared any more details as to why she left.

Another woman we approached said she was told not to speak with us.

We saw several migrants, mostly women and their children, leaving the federal building with processing papers in hand. We're told they were released to relatives in the area.

Under federal law, immigrants from Central America can not be sent back to their home country right away.

They must be brought into custody, taken to the Health and Human Services Department and then placed with a relative or guardian while waiting for a deportation hearing.

During a house meeting held in Texas on Thursday, lawmakers criticized the laws in place.

President Obama meanwhile, said during a naturalization ceremony Friday changes are needed, but he did not specify how or when that will occur.

"If we want to keep attracting the best and the brightest from beyond our shores, we're going to have to fix our immigration system which is broken and pass common sense immigration reform," President Obama said. 

While all of the undocumented immigrants face deportation, some may be able to stay if they can get asylum.

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