Migrants from Central American caravan scared and hopeful for asylum

Members of migrant caravan gather at border

Migrant Caravan Arrives At US Border, Despite Trump's Threats

Hector Garza, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, shares insight on 'Your World'.

More than a hundred migrants from Central American countries have camped out at the US-Mexican border after being told by US border inspectors on Sunday that a crossing facility had no capacity for them. The migrants congregated on a bridge leading to the USA border while waiting to be processed by American officials.

The migrant caravan, a yearly tradition that earlier this month drew the ire of President Donald Trump, arrived in Tijuana late last week.

"We have reached capacity at the San Ysidro port of entry", US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a statement.

But when space opens and "resources become available", officers "will be able to take additional individuals into the port for processing".

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The Pueblo Sin Fronteras Caravan began with about 1,000 people March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border.

Administration officials have railed against what they call America's "catch and release" policies that allow people requesting 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.

US border authorities say some people associated with the caravan had already been caught trying to slip through the border fence and encouraged the rest to report to authorities.

He said those in the caravan understand they could end up in a detention facility, and they're okay with it, "Yes because they're they're escaping what they feel is death and escaping what they think is a life without possibilities".

Migrants traveling in the "Migrant Via Crucis" caravan head to El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico. They're advised, they're told what to say, they step across the border. They say the Trump administration also has created a false perception that asylum seekers are fraudsters and criminals and that asylum laws are "loopholes" that should be closed.

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"Watch the caravan, watch how sad and bad it is, including for those people and the crime that they inflict on themselves and that others inflict on them", said Trump. Some people who started out in the caravan already have successfully sought asylum and are now in New York, Wisconsin and Texas, he said.

He also threatened to revoke North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which provides financial aid to Canada and Mexico via the United States in retaliation to movement of the migrants across its border.

You may have heard the migrant caravan is full of Mexicans. In 2016, two-thirds of asylum-seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, had their cases denied.

It is not illegal to enter the country at a port of entry and ask for asylum, as worldwide law requires that the United States consider asylum claims. She didn't know where she was going, just that she was going to the United States, she said. "That's not a violation of immigration law".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued a statement supporting the President's request.

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