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Supporters collect supplies for migrant families

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Amid the controversy and protests of migrants being sent to Southern California -- efforts are underway to get basic supplies to those families. 

More migrant families are set to arrive in San Diego from overcrowded facilities in Texas sometime next week.

Like the groups that were sent here before them, they will be processed by the Border Patrol then released to relatives as they wait for deportation hearings.

Basic supplies are being collected to help the people who are caught in the political crossfire.

Enrique Morones is standing in the middle of tons of donated clothes, food and supplies - most of which were dropped off this week.

The entire room filled with donations are for the undocumented families who arrived in San Diego this week.

One hundred and forty touched down on Tuesday and the Border Patrol bussed even more Friday night to its San Ysidro facility.

Morones says he's working with agents to get the supplies to the migrant families here without the most basic supplies.

“I’ve been in touch with the Border Patrol, and they know that we have a lot of supplies… And they said, we might need one day, a bunch of women’s clothes - we might need one day, some toys for the kids or toiletries and we’re ready,” Morones said.

When protesters turned buses away in Murrieta, Morones says the donations started to pile in from supporters all over the state.

“People coming in with tears in their eyes, or sharing a story about how upset they were with what they saw in Murrieta,” he said.

One Honduran mother claims she was on one of the buses that was eventually re-routed to San Ysidro.

She didn't want to speak on camera but says she feared for her children's lives during the protests. She says she fears retaliation in her home country and is fleeing a dangerous situation.

The Border Patrol is releasing people to family members pending their day in immigration court.

Enrique Morones says the system isn't perfect but doesn't want children paying the price.

“Let’s have humane immigration policies - not what’s being offered now. But in the middle of all that and in the forefront are these children,” he said. “Let’s take care of these children.”

Morones works with an organization called Border Angels. For more information, to volunteer or make a donation go to borderangels.org.

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