More Than 50 in Migrant 'Caravan' Processed for Asylum in United States

Justice Department Announces First Criminal Illegal Entry Prosecutions of Suspected Caravan Members
Major Update on 'Migrant Caravan' at the US-Mexico Border
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04 May, 2018

At least 88 Central American asylum seekers from a caravan through Mexico had crossed into the United States by Wednesday, a movement that prompted U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to beef up legal resources on the border.

More than 300 immigrants, the remnants of a caravan of Central Americans that journeyed across Mexico to ask for asylum in the United States, have reached the border to apply for legal entry.

USA border officials had allowed through only small groups at a time, saying the busy San Ysidro crossing to San Diego was saturated and the rest must be patient.

But migrants from this caravan are at a port of entry and asking for asylum. The crossing, the nation's busiest, processed about 50 asylum-seekers a day from October through February, suggesting the wait will be short.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced federal charges for members of the infamous open borders caravan earlier this week, is sending additional resources to the USA southern border with Mexico to handle the ongoing border crisis. Numerous caravan participants are migrants fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

"We're sending a message worldwide: Don't come illegally", he said. "Make your claim to enter America in the lawful way and wait your turn", he said, adding that he would not let the country be "overwhelmed".

Trump has called the immigrant caravan a sign of weak U.S. law on migration and said it should be stopped in Mexico.

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"I can't take it here anymore", said one migrant who was admitted into the US Wednesday. Customs and Border Protection in San Ysidro, according to media reports from Tijuana.

Members of the migrant caravan approach the wall in Tijuana.

Despite strong language from Trump, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen, and even Vice President Mike Pence this week in regards to the caravan, the route allowing foreign nationals with the caravan to be released into the U.S.is still open with no legislative agenda in sight that would end Catch and Release.

She said the difficulties of scaling the language barrier in her own home will pale in comparison to what she has seen during prior visits to the U.S. -Mexico border and her work in MA helping immigration detainees make phone calls to families.

The Department of Justice has also charged 11 possible members of the caravan with illegal entry into the U.S., a misdemeanour offence.

"Quite a few people have claimed to be part of the caravan, including a sizeable contingent of Guatemalan men who were never part", Ramos said.


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