SAN DIEGO - The first plane carrying 140 undocumented immigrants from Central America is scheduled to arrive at Lindbergh Field on Tuesday morning at about 10 a.m., according to Ron Zermeno, who is with the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613.
Zermeno says the charter jet will leave Texas, possibly from McAllan International Airport at 7 a.m. Pacific time. Once it arrives in San Diego, the immigrants will get bussed to Murrieta where they will be processed at the Border Patrol office.
Protesters plan to have hundreds in Murrieta, with Diane Serafin leading the charge.
"Sent out 600 emails, Facebook, Twitter, everything trying to get people to come," she said.
This comes after a surge of immigrants flooded through the United States into Texas and turned themselves in to agents. President Obama called it a "humanitarian crisis." On Monday, he asked for more than $2 billion to help with the situation. The president said he will go around Congress and shift resources to the border by the end of summer.
"Protecting public safety and deporting dangerous criminals has been and will remain the top priority but we are going to refocus our efforts where we can to make sure we do what it takes to keep our borders secure," said Obama.
New photos show Texas facilities overflowing with people, many of them children from dangerous parts of Central America.
"If they get sent back, they'll be killed, they'll die," said Enrique Morones, who works with Border Angels. The group plans to help the 140 stay if they can as well as anyone who comes after.
"This issue with the children could be the Rosa Parks movement in the immigration debate, and all of a sudden the switch is going to go on and we're going to go, 'Oh my god, what are we doing?'" Morones said.
But according to protesters who oppose the plan, what they are doing is preventing crime and the spread of diseases like tuberculosis.
"The Border Patrol was actually ... and they sent me the sheet ... of everything they have to do to protect themselves from the diseases," said Serafin. "Right here locally at Murrieta they were sent this."
Morones calls that a scare tactic -- used to push an agenda.
"Don't send them back," he said. "That's the easy way out. That's not what this country is all about. If these kids were Canadian kids, we wouldn't be having this discussion."
Chris Cabrera, an agent with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Texas, told KNXV, "We're starting to see the chicken pox. We are starting to see staph infections. We are starting to see different viruses."
Zermeno has concerns about agents in Murrieta not being properly trained to deal with infectious diseases. But a CBP spokesman told 10News all agents conducting the health inspections do have infectious disease training and they have all the supplies necessary and contract janitorial services to keep the cells clean.
Zermeno also told 10News all agents in the Murrieta CBP office will be pulled off the streets to help with the processing of these immigrants.