US says border crossing is full before caravan tries to seek asylum

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

"Make no mistake about it, and I say this from my heart, every American should understand these people are victims", Pence said. More than 200 asylum seeker waited overnight to know when they would be accommodated.

Despite the news, about 200 migrants still started walking toward the port.

A man hangs on the USA side of the fence, near where more than 100 Central Americans and supporters gathered in the Playas de Tijuana area. Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group supporting the caravan, has said in a statement that the men, women and children in the group are seeking peace and "fighting for a safe and dignified life".

The agency processed about 8,000 asylum cases between October and February at the crossing, or about 50 a day. "Only one problem they don't come back".

The afternoon announcement stunned organizers and immigrant-rights advocates, especially considering statements earlier this week by Department of Homeland Security officials that teams of asylum officers were being dispatched to the border to quickly process the migrants.

Supporters on both sides of the border have been rallying for the migrants, with some climbing the wall to sit or wave signs under the watchful eyes of US Border Patrol agents. But some individuals and smaller groups have split off along the way.

When an immigrant comes to a US port of entry to request asylum, that person must declare to the customs officer a "credible fear of persecution" in his or her country of origin.

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. In the asylum process, families can be separated across different detention centers.

"Ultimately, I think they will get their hearing".

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Twenty-three year-old Iris Marlenes says she and her 6-year-old daughter had no choice but to flee their home in La Paz, El Salvador.

A 34-year-old friend of hers, who also asked not to be named out of fear for her safety, put it more bluntly. Nine members of the family planned to turn themselves in at the border checkpoint.

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.

The size of the caravan has changed over time.

Attention on their flight and plight has reached a fever pitch, with President Donald Trump painting the caravan as a direct threat to the U.S.

Nevertheless, his allies have also attempted to use the caravan to drum up support for Trump's re-election campaign in 2020. The Mexican government deported some migrants, while others made a decision to stay in Mexico. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called the caravan "a deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system".

Adjudicators, who are often judges, decide if the person is allowed to stay in the United States under refugee status.

The Trump administration has launched a full-court press in anticipation of the caravan's arrival.

Other migrants are fleeing corruption, drug trafficking, and gang violence in Central America.

On Friday and Saturday, the lawyers met migrants individually to review their asylum requests to enter the United States. Asylum seekers must have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular "social group", a broad category that has included domestic violence victims and others.

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