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Murrieta's budget and image take a hit from immigration protests
Murrieta's budget and image take a hit from immigration protests

When it all blows over, Murrieta Mayor Alan Long says he might send the White House a bill. Since July 1, when protesters turned away three buses of immigrant women and children scheduled to be processed in a local Border Patrol facility, Murrieta has become a focus of the debate over what to do with the thousands of detainees who have come across the border illegally since October, mostly from Central America. City employees have worked long hours keeping residents informed, controlling protesters lined up in front of the station and fielding media inquiries. That is taking an economic toll, said Long. City officials estimate they’ve doled out $50,000 in overtime pay. “It’s a...

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