Last Thursday, 46 immigrants carrying temporary visas arrived at St. Joseph Catholic Church aboard a Homeland Security bus.
That church is providing temporary housing in a former convent beside the church. The migrant children were accompanied by their mothers, and the diocese said the families have been issued temporary visas. Many of the migrants are waiting to be reunited with their families in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
Petra Alexander, director of Hispanic affairs at the San Bernardino Diocese, said it's important to help the immigrants.
"We have hope and we have received a lot of support and have been criticized, but we are sure that God's dream is that we all live like a family," Alexander said. "We are always going to come across people who are opposed. This is nothing new, and the church is supporting everyone, no matter the religion or your race."
Poll on President, Congress
A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans approve of Obama's short-term remedy, but most give the President and his Republican critics in Congress a thumbs-down on how they're handling the crisis along the country's southern border.
An ABC News/Washington Post survey, conducted July 9-13 and released Tuesday, found that 53% support the White House plan to spend $3.7 billion to immediately deal with the situation, with 43% saying they disapprove of the proposal.
The survey shows an expected partisan divide, with two-thirds of Democrats supporting the Obama plan. That number drops to 51% among independents and down to 35% among Republicans. Hispanics questioned in the poll support the proposal, 54% to 43%.
Even though a majority back the President's proposal, only a third of Americans give Obama a thumbs-up on how he's handling the issue of undocumented immigrants entering the country, and only 23% of those questioned say they approve of how congressional Republicans are dealing with the crisis. Even Republicans are divided (48% approval to 45% disapproval) on how federal lawmakers from their own party are handling the issue.
The poll questioned 1,016 adults nationwide by telephone. Its sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.