Border crossing is full; migrant caravan to wait
- Author: Joey Payne May 01, 2018,
May 01, 2018, 4:20
It was not immediately clear whether the migrants, who have traveled 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) through Mexico to the border at Tijuana, would be turned back or allowed in later.
"Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement". North of the fence, another 50 or so supporters rallied in Friendship Park, at the southern end of the United States' Pacific Coast.
Hundreds of Central Americans have travelled to the U.S. border wall in Mexico to claim asylum.
The migrants say they were not planning to sneak across the border, but to turn themselves in peacefully and ask for asylum. Administration officials have blasted so-called "catch and release" policies that allow people seeking asylum to be released from custody into the USA while their claims make their way through the courts, a process that can last a year.
Many believe that members of the caravan are trying to cross the border into the United States illegally, but the group is actually trying to work with immigration laws. Most rational people would get scared and would call the police.
But they are not likely to be welcomed with open arms by federal officials. Wearing white arm-bands to distinguish themselves from others crossing at the San Ysidro checkpoint near San Diego, some of the asylum seekers waved good-bye to family members who made a hard decision to stay behind in Mexico.
Byron Claros, a Salvadoran immigrant, joined the caravan with his 18-year-old brother, Luis Alexander Rodriguez, and their stepfather, Andres Rodríguez.
Reina Isabel Rodriguez, 52, had traveled from El Salvador with her two grandchildren.
"For us, this is all about who we are as a country", she said.
At a rally in Michigan Saturday, President Trump said it's an example of why stronger laws are needed. Earlier this month, the USA president warned that the "caravans" were coming, described the situation as "dangerous" and a "disgrace", and vowed to stop these migrants from entering the country. "Our laws are so weak, so pathetic, given to us by Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer".
"These individuals - and their smugglers - ignored the willingness of the Mexican government to allow them to stay in Mexico", US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Monday. We are the only Country in the World so naive!
Parents are terrified of being separated from their children, although the USA authorities say that only happens if a crime like child trafficking is suspected. "We're going to build the wall". They have to prove a credible fear of persecution in their home country.
It was only the latest twist in an immigration drama that has played out in relative obscurity in recent years. Adults traveling alone could be transported to detention centers across the United States.
Asylum seekers are often released to family in the USA but some don't have any and seek sponsors. And there's no guarantee they'll have lawyers to help them. TRAC found huge disparities between judges, even in the same immigration court.
Mujica said the people seeking asylum in the caravan are bona fide cases. Critics of the caravan contend that most migrants are driven not by a need for asylum but a desire to find better jobs and lives in the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to do what he can to prevent the caravan of migrants to enter.
Organizers of the group told ABC News that there are about 100 people sleeping outside a port of entry in San Diego. He said his wife and their daughter have been released from custody while their asylum claim is under review and are staying with family in SC. The secretary of homeland security issued a statement likening the organizers to "smugglers".