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Demonstrators ready to block bus of unaccompanied minors

Demonstrators ready to block bus of unaccompanied minors

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jul 15, 2014

ORACLE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - About 50 demonstrators line an Oracle road ready to block a bus load of unaccompanied minors.

Some tell KGUN9 they are prepared to be arrested if that's what it takes to stop the buss from reaching a camp for troubled youth.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told KGUN9 his deputies are on hand to clear the path and make arrests if necessary.

Protesters say they want to send a message about the immigration debate, bit local residents say they are also concerned about the health and safety of the community.

One resident, who lives a half mile from Sycamore Canyon Academy, said kids often escape from the ranch and they don't know the backgrounds of the unaccompanied minors.

Other residents told KGUN9 that they are concerned the minors many have.

The protestors say they are inspired by the protest outside a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Murrieta California, where the mayor and residents forced busses filled with immigrant children and adults to turn around.

KGUN9's Valerie Cavazos will have the full story coming up on KGUN9 On Your Side at 5 p.m.

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.