TIJUANA, Mexico – Nearly 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, arrived at the border of the United States with Mexico in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that the. Two buses arriving Tuesday night in the Mexican border city of Tijuana are located in two immigrant shelters a few steps from one of the most fortified border stretches separating the United States from Mexico. They joined 50 others who arrived in Tijuana in the last week or two.
Four more buses of about 200 Central Americans, mostly women and children, including some men, were expected to arrive in Tijuana on Wednesday, Alex said. Mensing, project coordinator for Pueblos Sin Fronteras, which is organizing the effort.
lawyers planned to conduct clinics later this week on the US asylum law. UU to tell immigrants what to expect when they apply for asylum. The first groups plan to try to enter the US UU Sunday at the San Diego border crossing.
Mr. Trump and senior advisors have portrayed caravans and asylum seekers as evidence of a dysfunctional border and a serious threat. The president tweeted this week that he had issued orders to "not allow these large caravans of people to enter our country, it's a disgrace."
Caravans have been a fairly common tactic for years among advocacy groups to attract attention. US citizens seeking asylum in the US UU To escape political persecution or criminal threats from gangs.
But the latter caught the attention of Mr. Trump's attention almost from the moment it began on March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border. While traveling slowly through Mexico, Mr. Trump said. used as an example to try to gain more support for the planned border wall, although asylum seekers plan to surrender to border inspectors.
Taxi driver Jovanne Torres from El Salvador said on Wednesday after arriving in Tijuana on Tuesday that Mr. Trump's attacks on the caravan made him doubt whether he would get asylum for himself, his wife and their daughters of 4 and 10 months, but he still plans to try.
Torres, 37, said he fled his hometown near the country's capital, San Salvador, and joined the caravan after a gang threatened to kill him and his wife when he refused to give a free ride to a gang member.  He believes he could be killed if he goes home and decides not to seek asylum in Mexico because he wants to join relatives in Houston.
"Trump's words have made it difficult for us," he said.
The numbers of this pale caravan compared to the approximately 200,000 p people who were arrested at the border in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas during the spring of 2014. Thousands of Haitians trying to enter the US. UU They were handed over to US border inspectors at the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing, the busiest in the country.  Caravan migrant traveling through Mexico is approaching the United States "srcset =" https://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2018/04/26/5ccaa5a9-b5de-43b6-a34b-c4a4e76c89de/ resize / 620x / 7daf7a421e68a79583cfec26f1bcebc8 / mexico-migrant-caravan-951269164.jpg 1x "/> Getty
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has space to house about 300 people at the crossing, said Pete Flores, director of the agency's local office in San Diego. It sends them to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service to determine if they should be held in the long term if they can be released while their cases are pending, often using ankle monitors that track their movements.
So overwhelmed by Haitians in 2016 that US officials worked with their Mexican counterparts to create a ticketing system that would allow Haitians to enter time. Some waited their turn in Tijuana more than five weeks.
More recently, asylum-seekers have had to wait at most for a few hours, never overnight, Flores said. If asylum seekers surpass initial assessments with asylum officers by establishing a "credible fear" of being returned to their countries of origin, they are allowed to enter and face what may be lengthy proceedings before US immigration judges. .
Ginger Jacobs, a San Diego immigration attorney who helped Haitians seeking to enter the US UU In 2016, he said that Trump's concerns about the avalanche of Central Americans seeking asylum were "completely exaggerated."
"I do not see this caravan thing being a big problem," she said. "I see it as something that the port will be able to handle competently and professionally."
Nielsen said Wednesday that anyone who makes false claims to immigration authorities is subject to criminal prosecution. The same goes for anyone who helps or trains immigrants to make false claims.
The Nielsen threat is consistent with the administration's narrative of widespread "asylum fraud" and asserts that asylum seekers are instructed on what to tell the US authorities.
The secretary also said that asylum seekers in the caravan should seek protection in the first safe country they reach, including Mexico.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he could assign additional immigration judges to handle caravan cases.
The shelter for migrants Juventud 2000, on the edge of the red district of Tijuana, is full of domed stores to accommodate more than 200 arrivals. 19659002] Its director, José María García Luca, said that two previous caravans in May and November last year had about 100 people each. Those seeking asylum reported that there were no significant delays in entering the US. UU
"This is nothing like the Haitians," said Garcia Luca. "That was chaos."