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Residents, officials face off over detainees in a divided Murrieta
Residents, officials face off over detainees in a divided Murrieta

A capacity crowd packed a school auditorium Wednesday night in Murrieta, the Inland Empire city that has become a flash point for the national immigration policy debate. An estimated 750 area residents peppered local representatives and law enforcement personnel with their concerns over plans to move detained immigrants through a Border Patrol processing facility here. About 500 more people were turned away at the door. A panel moderated by Murrieta Mayor Alan Long fielded questions on everything from national border policy to communicable disease to the flight risk of detained immigrants. Audience members made themselves heard loudly and often, clapping and booing as speakers worked...

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