Caravan of Central American Asylum Seekers Greeted by Supporters at Border

Caravan of Central American Asylum Seekers Greeted by Supporters at Border

Caravan of Central American Asylum Seekers Greeted by Supporters at Border

But some members may have to remain in Tijuana for a while longer before they can be processed by U.S. authorities at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The asylum-seekers held firm, setting up a possible showdown.

On Saturday, as they lingered near the USA border at Plaza Viva Tijuana, many appeared tired and ready to move on.

Another 50 or so camped on blankets and backpacks in Tijuana outside the Mexican side of the crossing, prohibited from even getting close to the US inspection building.

"There's a luck-of-the-draw aspect based on what jurisdiction they end up in, and what jurisdiction they end up in is basically a lottery based on what beds are available", said Alexandra Bachan, an immigration lawyer based in Oakland.

On the ground, dozens carried signs, sang and chanted in support of Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans who drew the wrath of President Donald Trump in a month-long caravan to the USA border. They have promised a stern, swift response.

"We have to have border security", Trump said.

"I hear they are separating people who are not parents of children", she said, "but I am ready to get to the border".

Pete Flores, director of field operations in San Diego for the agency, said on Saturday that "depending on port circumstances at the time of arrival, individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities".

Nicole Ramos, an attorney working on behalf of caravan members, expressed disbelief that USA authorities can not process more asylum seekers until its backlog eases.

"Fighting on is worth it", she said as she camped out for chilly night outside the border crossing.

Jamie Alexander, from El Salvador, said: "I feel a little cold". She fled for reasons she declined to discuss.

One woman in a wheelchair told CNN that she did not know where she was going, just that she was going to the US. Most of the group of about 400 travelers who arrived in border city Tijuana on buses over the past couple of days said they meant to legally seek asylum in San Diego later on Sunday. It can hold about 300 people at a time, and officials had been warning that it might fill up.

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The Border Patrol said "several groups" of people in the caravan have entered the country illegally since Friday by climbing a dilapidated metal fence.

"The thing that has frightened people the most is being separated", she said.

Since Congress failed to agree on a broad immigration package in February, administration officials have made it a legislative priority to end what they call "legal loopholes" and "catch-and-release" policies that allow asylum-seekers to be released from custody while their claims wind through the courts in cases that can last for year.

People left a downtown Tijuana migrant shelter Sunday where they have been staying.

Members of the caravan who are planning to request asylum, the Times reported, "spent Friday and Saturday at legal orientations to understand their rights and what to expect when they enter the us port of entry".

USA law generally allows foreigners to apply for asylum, although the vast majority of Central Americans who apply are not approved. If they pass an asylum officer's initial screening, they may be detained or released into the US with ankle monitors.

Asylum-seekers didn't appear to be thrown off the by the delay. She said her older sister had been killed by the gang in El Salvador, so she is attempting to join other family members in the Kansas City area.

The caravan started out with more than 1,000 people but the numbers have dwindled as the group made its way north by foot, bus and train.

Wendi Yaneri Garcia said she is confident she will be released while her asylum case is pending because she is traveling alone with her 2-year-old son, who has been sick. But his spirits lifted when he learned he might be released with an ankle bracelet. She said in Honduras the waves aren't very strong.

The 36-year-old said police in her hometown of Atlantida, Honduras, jailed her for protesting construction of a hydroelectric plant.

As they prepared to present themselves at the San Ysidro Port of Entry today, a group of asylum seekers from Central America gathered at the border fence in Playas de Tijuana Sunday morning cheered on by supporters on both sides of the border.

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