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Protests continue in Riverside County where demonstrators blocked buses last week at a Border Patrol facility carrying migrants from Central America.

On Monday morning, a third plane carrying nearly 140 immigrants landed in San Diego.  Homeland Security personnel took them to San Ysidro for processing.

Tens of thousands of migrants -- mostly children -- have been brought to Texas, Arizona and California by the feds.

After a weekend of tense protests in response to thousands of undocumented immigrants caught at the border or crossing it illegally, the White House is pressuring Congress to act.

"We are going to have to fix our immigration system which is broken and pass common sense immigration reform," said President Barack Obama.

The immigration issue is gaining urgency after more than 50,000 minors were caught at the southwest border over the past nine months.  That's twice as many as a year ago.

Most are fleeing poverty and violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill returning from holiday recess this week will get a White House request for money.

"There is an urgent humiliation situation that is in full bloom on the U.S. border and that's why you've seen the deployment of additional sources," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

The President says we need more facilities to house the children and more immigration judges to speed their return home.  His critics say that the White House should have seen this problem coming and acted sooner.

"Had we addressed this diplomatically, had we addressed in El Salvador and Honduras and Guatemala and in Mexico as well as on the border with the securitization of this border, we would most likely not be here today," said Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The President heads to campaign events in Texas this week, but the White House has said he will not make any stops to see the crisis at border first hand.
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