Central American Migrant Caravan Halted by US Border Agents

by Garry Watts May 1, 2018, 4:20
Central American Migrant Caravan Halted by US Border Agents

Immigration officials have also announced that they will separate mothers and fathers from their children, potentially sending them to locations hundreds of miles from one another.

By the time the rally was over and the migrants were preparing to take the final few steps to the border, word was seeping through that there was a problem. "Eighty people said they'd absolutely love to host people in their home, so we're matching people up with our sponsors so when they arrive at the border they can give information to immigration in hopes that it will boost the chances for a court date for asylum when folks are released from detention". As the migrants arrived, hundreds of US citizens have offered to open up their homes and welcome members of the caravan to come stay with them, if they are allowed to enter the United States and pursue asylum claims. The issue, then, is less about what is legal than it is about what should be done next.

"DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the "caravan" of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally", Nielsen said in a statement, according to Fox News.

"We've withstood, on the train, many days of exhaustion, hunger, cold and heat", said Rodriguez.

Volunteers have been bringing them coffee, milk, sugar and chocolates and, earlier, Mexican officials let them out of the center to get pizza for the children.

As of midday Monday, the migrants are waiting for their opportunity to present their case.

Central Americans in a caravan of asylum seekers that traveled through Mexico to the border with San Diego are receiving final information before they turn themselves in to US authorities.

"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 almost 400 migrants - many mothers carrying infants children who filled five old school buses and at one point numbered over 1000 strong slogging from as far as Guatemala - arrived in Tijuana last week. She left with two of her sons.

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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.

During a Saturday night rally in Washington, Michigan, he railed against the caravan as proof that the country's laws were too lax. "Are you watching this?" he said.

"We are a nation of laws", he responded.

He suggested that could change but gave no timetable, saying that in the meantime "those individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities". These three countries, which numerous migrants originate from, are some of the most violent in the world. We don't have borders. "All we want is a place where our children can run free - where they're not afraid to go out to the shops".

- A credible fear screening: This interview with an immigration official is the first step in the asylum process. 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. This year, conservative media in the United States seized on the caravan as a sign of out-of-control immigration, and Trump fanned the flames with tweets. Attorneys and community leaders are finding ways to help even in the labyrinth of an immigration system not in their favor.

- Release from custody: Sometimes people with pending asylum cases are released on parole.

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

Rodulfo Figueroa, the top Mexican immigration official in Baja California state, told caravan organizers to send in an initial group of 20 migrants to see if USA border inspectors would entertain their request for asylum.

Most of those seeking asylum are women and children from Honduras - including 70 to 80 infants - who advocates say are fleeing violence and instability following contentious presidential elections. The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is investigating the matter.

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