Members of migrant caravan stopped at U.S. border entry

A group of several dozen immigrant rights activists and legal observers march toward the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego on A
Migrant Caravan Arrives At US Border, Despite Trump's Threats
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01 May, 2018

An attorney representing the caravan told ABC News that about 150-180 people are seeking asylum at the U.S-Mexico border at San Diego.

"The majority of those that will be presenting are children coming with their families", Nicole Ramos, an attorney with the organization Al Otro Lado, which directs the Border Rights Project.

"We are not bringing any guns", 32-year-old Karen Gallo told CNN from the Mexican city of Puebla."There are no jobs, no justice, no laws in Honduras", she said. It has drawn the wrath of President Donald Trump, who ordered immigration officials to be zealous in enforcing rules to stop unlawful entry by caravan members.

Some organizers led migrants in chants of "Si se puede", It can be done, as they waited. She said she fled her home in Honduras because the father of her son threatened to kill her and their child. Her little boy squirmed in her arms. We are the only Country in the World so naive! "Beautiful places, but there is a lot of crime". Trump has also deployed members of the National Guard to the border. She is travelling with her daughters, aged six and three. We're not criminals - we're people living in fear in our countries. "We are going to build the wall".

This has been a journey beset with trauma.

Has the Trump administration changed the asylum process?

An attorney working for a caravan of Central Americans has expressed disbelief that US authorities say they can not process more asylum seekers at the San Diego border crossing until its backlog eases. More than 200 asylum seeker waited overnight to know when they would be accommodated.

This did not prove to be accurate.

A caravan of poor, unemployed Central Americans are demanding entry to the United States. Most have their claims rejected. The approximately 40 lawyers and legal assistants who facilitated group workshops gave them individual advice about their asylum cases, while informing them that they probably would be held initially in a frigid room called the hielera - Spanish for icebox - and that adults could be detained for several months, or even years. They risk being deported to the country from which they are fleeing. "This border is just a divide that shouldn't be here and I want to see it gone ― it shouldn't divide us".

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

While the journey to the border was no doubt grueling, many families who passed into the United States still have a long road ahead of them.

Still, he said, there was only one way to push: north.

"This president is the devil. Also, we must get Wall funding fast", the President added. "Because we are more from here than he is, because he is not from this continent, we are from this continent".

A downward trend in asylum acceptance rates was shown between fiscal years 2011 and 2016, according to Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration study, and asylum seekers may be denied based on the number of applications versus acceptances from their home countries. The migrants are "depleted" but "defiant", the editors wrote. It was the final leg for some in the caravan of hundreds of migrants, which had reached Tijuana on Tuesday.

The Central Americans will test the administration's tough rhetoric when they begin seeking asylum at San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing.

Something of a stalemate followed.

On Sunday afternoon, at least a dozen people climbed to the top of the border fence from the Mexican side and sat or stood on top.

And so this day in the caravan ended like so many others - with nothing more than American dreams.


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