Immigrant caravan arrives at USA border

01 May, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Irene Delgado
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All they have to do is step across the border.

A group of about 200 Central American migrants made a final triumphant walk Sunday, singing and cheering as they made their way toward an official border crossing to apply for asylum in the United States.

Customs and Border Protection officials said on Saturday that some of the migrants in the caravan had tried to cross the border near San Ysidro since Friday.

US President Donald Trump has been following the caravan of people since it began making its way through Mexico from the border with Guatemala a month ago, calling it a threat to the US. "As sufficient space and resources become available, CBP officers will be able to take additional individuals into the port for processing".

By foot, bus and train, members of the caravan journeyed through Mexico since leaving the southern border city of Tapachula on March 25 with the goal of reaching the Tijuana-San Diego border. Advocates say the Trump administration paints all migrants as criminals and refuses to look for solutions in their home countries.

Organizers invited women and children in the group to return to migrant shelters, but few took up the offer, partly to show their determination and partly because they did not want to forfeit their best chance yet at reaching the United States.

Why is a caravan of migrants headed to the US border? Mirroring the president's tweets, a fundraising email sent out in April touted Trump's orders to "STOP the caravan of illegal immigrants trying to cross our WIDE-OPEN BORDER".

Elin Orellana, a 23-year-old pregnant woman from El Salvador, said she is fleeing the MS-13 street gang, a favorite target of both Sessions and Trump due to their brutal killings committed in the United States.

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(Alejandro Tamayo / San Diego Union-Tribune) Supporters of the asylum seekers rally on the both sides of the border.

"I hear they are separating people who are not parents of children", she said, "but I am ready to get to the border". The migrants say they're not planning to sneak across the border, but to turn themselves in peacefully and ask for asylum.

"Are you watching that mess that's going on right now with the caravan coming up?" he said. He is a president descended from immigrants but he won't put his hand on his heart and understand that we immigrants also have the right to be here.

The organizers of the caravan appeared to be baffled by the comment, since the border control had reportedly been well aware of the arriving batch of refugees.

According to the CIA's World Factbook, Honduras is the second-poorest country in Central America. "We will enforce the immigration laws as set forth by Congress".

Yet others who tried to slip across illegally, have already been detained.

"I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country". Expressing solidarity with the asylum seekers, she told EFE it is hardly a choice "because they have to do it" owing to the violence at the hands of the gangs which plague their countries, and so they have surrendered "to do everything legally", and not in an illicit manner.

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