'CARAVAN' CRISIS: Over 50 Asylum Seekers ALLOWED into USA


We have all heard about the migrant caravan of people which started in Guatemala, traversed through South America ending up in Tijuana, Mexico seeking asylum in the United States.

Customs and border officials have only allowed small numbers of asylum-seekers through at a time, because the processing facility was already at capacity upon the group's arrival.

About a third of the 150 migrants seeking to cross into San Diego have been granted entry, with organizers gathering in the makeshift tent city near the crossing to announce names with a loudspeaker.

Another 62 migrants were still waiting for a chance to begin the asylum process, he said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions deployed dozens of additional attorneys to the border crossing in recent days to help federal agents "better prosecute illegal entries into our country". Numerous caravan participants are migrants fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

"We are sending a message worldwide: Don't come illegally". Though it is an annual event, this year's march received outsize attention thanks to reports from US media describing the ways in which Mexican authorities were helping the migrants reach the border.

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"The American people made very clear their desire to secure our borders and prioritize the public safety and national security of our homeland", Sessions said about the move. Mexico rejected the pressure from Trump.

Throughout the caravan's 2,000-mile (3,220-km) odyssey from southern Mexico, its members maintained hope they would ultimately get the chance to plead their case for asylum in the United States, all the while knowing that US officials might reject them.

The 65 people allowed to enter was a sharp increase, as only a few asylum seekers had been allowed in each day for the past week.

Trump wants to tighten laws to make it harder for people to claim asylum.

The Department of Justice has also charged 11 possible members of the caravan with illegal entry into the United States, a misdemeanour offence. For now, though, despite his orders to keep such migrant caravans out of the country, global and USA law obliges the government to listen to people's stories and decide whether they deserve shelter.

Sessions said that an additional 35 assistant USA attorneys and 18 immigration judges to the crossing.