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Immigration reform debate still stalled

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Immigrant families being transferred from Texas to California were welcomed Wednesday by activists in San Diego.

"Love has no borders and we need to live that," said Enrique Morones, director of "Border Angels."

It was a much different scene from Tuesday when protesters kept three buses filled with immigrants - many women with young children - from reaching their destination in Murrieta. The people on board are now in other holding facilities near San Diego. Several dozen are being quarantined with health concerns.

Activists welcome immigrant families being transferred from Texas to California Wednesday, July 2, 2014Protesters stopped three buses filled with immigrants - many women with young children - from reaching their destination in Murrieta on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

As border patrols struggle to accommodate the flood of people fleeing Central America, immigration activists are asking Congress for sympathy.

"We want these kids to be able to seek asylum," said immigration activist Irvis Orozco. "In many cases, they are fleeing a war torn country."

Worried about amnesty, House Republicans refuse to pass a Senate immigration reform bill.

"The fear is we'll be 10 years down the road and there'll be another 12 million folks here if we don't do border security first," said Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).

Democrats, meanwhile, say inaction in Congress will only intensify the problems along the Southern border. President Obama has vowed to use his executive powers to work around Congress if they don't act.

He plans to visit Texas for fundraisers next week. For now, the White House said he has no plans to visit the border.

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