SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) – Hundreds of asylum seekers were being released in San Bernardino this week as U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it does not have the resources to handle the large number of people coming over the U.S.-Mexico border.

For several days now, U.S. Customs and Border Protection vans filled with Central American immigrant families have been driving from the El Centro Border Patrol Station in Imperial to a Greyhound bus station at West 6th and North G streets in San Bernardino.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection vans filled with immigrants arrive in San Bernardino.

CBS2 initially reported Tuesday that the immigrants were being bussed from the Murrieta Border Patrol station. This was based on information from volunteers with the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice who are helping the immigrants once they arrive in San Bernardino. However, on Wednesday, CBP informed CBS2 that the immigrants arriving in San Bernardino are coming from El Centro, not Murrieta.

Immigrant advocacy groups told CBS2 Tuesday that they have helped nearly 200 immigrants who have been dropped off at the bus station. Volunteer groups and the Catholic Church are paying to transport these immigrants to different locations.

“Yesterday we got three vans, 37 people in total, half of them are children,” immigrant activist Ericka Flores told CBS2 Tuesday.

Flores believes the immigrants are being sent to San Bernardino specifically because of the city’s scarce resources.

“Why San Bernardino?” Flores asks. “I think it’s very intentional.”

Ralph DeSio, a CBP spokesman, told CBS2 in an email Wednesday that approximately 120 to 135 immigrants are being flown in to San Diego from the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector in Texas about three times per week. The immigrants are then processed at one of San Diego’s eight Border Patrol stations before being turned over to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations.

DeSio said he cannot confirm exactly when the flights are coming in or exactly which of the eight stations the immigrants are being processed in.

In a statement last week, CBP said that since March 19, 40,000 illegal immigrants have been released from processing centers and ordered to appear in court for their asylum hearings.

“Due to capacity limitations at many U.S. Border Patrol stations on the southern border, and the limited capacity of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to accept transfer of family units, on March 19, CBP began releasing non-criminal, processed family units.  To date, CBP has released more than 40,000 family unit aliens on a Notice to Appear (NTA) / Own Recognizance (OR).”

The statement went on: “As non-governmental organizations have reached their capacities, CPB has released family units at transportation hubs during daylight hours when the weather does not endanger those released.”

However, Flores claims that 12 immigrants were dropped off in San Bernardino around 10 p.m. Monday.

“Cold, no food, no money,” she said.

Flores says she has been working tirelessly with the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice to find the families shelter.

“These families are fleeing poverty, they’re fleeing hunger,” Flores said.

All this comes after an unknown number of immigrants were brought into the Murrieta Border Patrol station over the weekend, also from Texas. On Monday, Murrieta police told CBS2 that they had been assured by the CBP that no immigrants would be released onto the streets of Murrieta after being processed.

Ronald Zermeno, a former Border Patrol agent in Murrieta, believes his former colleagues are overwhelmed by a broken system. Zermeno retired after whistleblowing to the media back in 2014 regarding the conditions staff and immigrants were facing at the Murrieta facility.

He questions CBP’s approach to the problem.

“Historically, over 80 percent don’t show up to court,” Zermeno told CBS2.

Comments (35)
  1. THE STAMPEDE AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER::
    Lets see, we have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming top the USA and to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.”

    Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever).

    THE LIE OF TPS / DACA:
    To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

    THE PRICE AMERICAN PEOPLE PAY::
    Besides the costs, It seems Democrats view U.S. citizens as acceptable collateral damage to their future long range goals of flooding the country with refugees & illegal aliens and having taxpayers paying the cost. Democrat politicians and their voters have put families at risk of being victimized by illegal aliens

    The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. Notice how many have made the long, difficult, dangerous journey to our country 8-9 months pregnant?

    Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has been passed on to us.

    * City emergency services Taxpayer pay for every police, fire, paramedic service call for illegal aliens in their city. Taxpayers also pay for all hospital, emergency room treatments, ambulances, medications….everything. Hospital wait times for citizens are negatively impacted.

    *Cost of educating illegal aliens is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions spent on bilingual ED, instructors, special need children & day care. It is estimated nearly 100,000 illegal aliens graduate each year……you do the math. School class size are also negatively impacted by illegal aliens and our students suffer as a result.

    *Taxpayers in some states are funding “in state college tuition” discounts for illegal aliens. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    *About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, & more than 90% of those are in the U.S illegally. This does not include local jails and state prisons. At roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the criminal justice system.

    *$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches. Visit youtube search “cost of illegal immigration.”

    *Mexico received 33 billion last year in remittance from our country. $120 billion total was sent out of the United States in total remittance last year.

    *Every child birth by illegal aliens in the U.S is paid for with tax dollars.In the US, the average cost to have a baby without complications during delivery, is $10,808, which can increase to $30,000 when factoring in care provided before and after pregnancy (July 9, 2018 google.)

    * Section 8 housing. Illegal aliens take full advantage of this program. Citizens & their families in poverty in many cases wait years behind non citizens for emergency housing.

    1. John Thomas Petersen says:

      Democrats and Republicans are just two branches of the war mongering criminals in DC masquerading as leaders! As long.as brainless morons continue to vote for these criminals nothing will change. Time for people to wake up and come together as Americans and change the
      Overall system they will continue with the infighting and division instead of affecting real change.

  2. Riva Schertzman says:

    democrarts are a terrorist organization

  3. I thought California wanted them?????

    1. Ken Schroeder says:

      And there are 80 billion people all around the world that want to come to the US and be taken care of. How many is too many? This is on the Democrats so I have no issue sending them to Liberal cities. I would much prefer not letting them in at all. They need to fix their own hell holes. They made them. They can’t all come here. Anyone who votes Democratic should have 20 dropped off in their house.

  4. Jimmy Michaels says:

    BUILD THE WALL DEPORT THEM ALL! But TRUMP never will. Trump is a LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR! The invasion is ongoing with people that will never speak the language, they are illiterate in their own language, never salute the flag and vote democrat forever.

    1. Can you imagine his frustration at the first congress he had? In many ways it was worse than the current one. Had the congress supported Trump we would be building the tall wall, we would have changed asylum law, they would have stopped all these law suits that are nothing more than political moves, and we could have totally reformed the health care system to a savings plan cross state line form that would actually save money. I don’t see him as a liar at all. I see him as a victim of the government class people firmly entrenched in government. People without real world experience. I don’t know if you are just frustrated or if you have difficulty seeing what happened.

  5. John R. Hogerhuis says:

    ‘“Historically, over 80 percent don’t show up to court,” Zermeno told CBS2.’

    False.

    http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/01/30/asylum-seekers-show-up-for-court/

  6. Iain Clodagh says:

    “These families are fleeing poverty, they’re fleeing hunger,”

    Then stop whining and take care of them.

  7. Saw this on Drudge. Went to PressCalifornia.com for more real California news.

  8. Abel Garcia says:

    They should be released where they are welcomed in sanctuary cities like San Francisco, Chicago and NYC!

  9. Lou Anthony says:

    Elections have consequences. The voters (both legal and illegal) of CA voted in all the dem politicians who passed bills claiming CA was a sanctuary state now they see the consequences. The next wall should be around CA.

  10. Jeff Litka says:

    They will be indistinguishable from the population already here. San Bernardino was a nice city when I grew up in a nearby city. Now it is a barrio and looks a lot like Mexico in many areas. Rampant crime and violence, low education scores, blight etc. Thanks to open border advocates we can all celebrate the benefits if illegal immigration…Very sad to see. I don’t feel the enrichment I so often hear about.

  11. Jim M. Ryles says:

    Liberal progressive socialist and communist demo-rats in those states like Mexifornia have been screaming made up crisis , vanity project, and anything else to keep Trump from making this country safe and enforcing the law….so to hell with them , keep dumping these criminals, these disease vectors , these welfare and social aid leeches into their backyards , homes and schools until they get it!

  12. Robert Stiskin says:

    I feel badly for hard working Americans and legal immigrants penalized by the the Democratic Party’s love for illegals over them.

  13. Kathy Mann says:

    So, you dump them in one of the most crime-ridden areas in California? Seriously?

  14. Doug Day says:

    SoCal is already Mexico anyway…

  15. Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Open Borders.
    -Sanctuary Cities.
    -Elimination of ICE
    -Disarming Americans.
    -Infanticide.
    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.
    -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.
    -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.
    -Socialism.
    -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)
    -The green new deal.
    -End of Electoral College
    -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
    -Raise Minimum Wage
    -Have adolescents vote
    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
    -Reparations for every race “harmed” by the white man.
    -Convicts, Terrorists voting.
    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
    -Late term abortions.
    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    *Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s mouths.

  16. Mike France says:

    California: “Not in my backyard!”

  17. LOL … LOVE it! Now we just need to wall off that cesspool of a city!