BORDER SHOWDOWN: Migrant 'Caravan' Arrives at US CUSTOMS in San Diego

Aaron Brown
May 1, 2018

Let's review the progress of a group of migrants from Central America.

Several of the migrants were seen scaling and straddling the border wall, and they are reportedly very determined to enter the US after being denied thus far, sparking some rumblings of a possible "border showdown".

He said the immigrants "may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities".

His comments came shortly before a migrant caravan carrying asylum seekers arrived at the Mexico-California border from Central America. Migrant advocate and attorney Nicole Ramos told the migrants and supporters it's unacceptable that USA officials refuse the group.

Administration officials and their allies claim that asylum fraud is growing and that many who seek it are coached on how to do so. Sessions is one of his most enthusiastic partners in that project.

"It's hard to believe that we can build a base in Iraq for a week, but can't check 200 refugees", said the attorney representing the group of migrants.

The San Ysidro border inspection facility can hold about 300 people, according to Pete Flores, Customs and Border Protection's San Diego field office director, suggesting the bottleneck may be short-lived.

Most were children, Nicole Ramos said.

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But it was unknown if border authorities would welcome them with open arms or turn them away.

Further Trump blamed Mexico which shares a border with the United States to allow the immigrants in the country while pointing at DACA to be the cause of such activities. Others sat quietly, clutching infants, wondering what awaits them in US custody.

"The majority of those that will be presenting are children coming with their families". The migrants have to wait to apply for asylum, so they had time to talk with NPR's Carrie Kahn.

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. President Donald Trump has used this year's caravan to portray the USA as overrun by immigrants in order to whip up xenophobic sentiments and escalate his assault on immigrant workers. I find it ridiculous that any time there is an issue in the US, immigrants get scapegoated, they get mistreated, they get criminalized just for existing. "I want it to be true that when we say, 'Liberty and justice for all, ' we mean it". "We're getting it. We have already started". While Mexico was once mainly a crossing point to the USA for migrants, the country is now bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis itself. When thousands of Haitians sought entry at San Ysidro in 2016, CBP the border agency worked with Mexican officials to accept limited numbers each day so as not to overwhelm the port's processing capacity.

The rally was a final public act after a roller-coaster few weeks for the caravan and was meant to raise awareness about the fate of migrants in Latin America, organisers said.

Nevertheless, his allies have also attempted to use the caravan to drum up support for Trump's re-election campaign in 2020. "That's not a violation of immigration law".

He lambasted caravaners who are mothers attempting to put themselves and their children in peril to traverse "illegally through a dark, treacherous canyon that is notorious for human and drug-smuggling". "No wall! Sanctuary for all!" as they marched along the beach toward the port of entry. Another 50 have made a camp of blankets and backpacks on the Mexican side of the port, in Tijuana.

As per reports the Catch and Release policy officially ended in 2006 under President George W. Bush and United States Department of Homeland Security though certain critics had mentioned that it is still followed as part of various u.s. policies.

KAHN: She said she's been practicing immigration law for more than 30 years and says at least one woman she spoke to had a very credible claim.

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