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"We are the bearers of terrible news," Los Angeles lawyer Nora Phillips said during a break from legal workshops for migrants at three Tijuana locations, where about 20 lawyers gave free information and advice. "That's what good lawyers are for."
The Central Americans, many of whom travel as families, will test the harsh rhetoric of the Trump administration on Sunday, criticizing the caravan as migrants seek asylum by standing in front of the border checkpoints at San Diego's Ysidro border crossing busiest of the nation.
President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet persecuted the caravan, calling it a threat to the US since March 25, in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border. They promised a strict and fast response.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the caravan "a deliberate attempt to infiltrate our laws and overpower our system" and promised to send more immigration judges to the border to solve cases when needed.  Secretary of State Kirstenen Nielsen said that asylum applications were dealt with "efficiently and swiftly", but said that asylum seekers should seek them in the first safe country they reach, including Mexico.
Any asylum seeker could make false claims to US authorities Like someone who assists or coaches immigrants when they make false claims, Nielsen said. Government officials and their allies claim that asylum fraud is increasing and many who seek it are being trained in this way.
The 35-year-old Kenya's Elizabeth Avila appeared to be shaken after the volunteer lawyers told her on Friday that the temperatures in temporary operation could be cold cells and that she was separated from her three children, ages 10, 9 and 4 could be.
But she said in an interview that returning to her native El Salvador would be worse. She fled for reasons she refused to discuss.
"Separating us for a few days is better than being killed in my country," she said.
Since Congress failed to agree on a broad immigration package in February, administrative officials have given it legislative priority to end what they called "loopholes" and "catch-and-release" policies that release asylum seekers from custody while their claims wind through the courts in cases that may last for a year.
The lawyers who went to Tijuana refused to care for about 400 people in the caravan who recently arrived in Tijuana and camped in shelters near some of the city's shabbier bars and brothels.
Some migrants received individual counseling to assess the merits of their cases and groups of migrants with their children nearby were informed about how asylum works in the US
Asylum seekers are usually given up to three days in court kept handed over to the border and handed over to the immigration and customs authorities of the United States. If they pass the first screening of an asylum seeker, they may be detained or released with ankle monitors.
Almost 80 percent of asylum seekers conducted the first preliminary studies from October to December, the last available numbers, but few will likely win asylum
Among the ten countries that sent the most asylum seekers in the US from 2012 to 2017 , the Mexicans were the worst. According to Syracuse University Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse records, the denial rate was 88 percent. El Salvadorans followed closely with 79 percent denial, followed by Honduras with 78 percent and Guatemalans with 75 percent.
Evelyn Wiese, immigration attorney in San Francisco, said she was trying to make migrants more comfortable
"It's really frightening to tell those experiences to a stranger," Wiese said after seeing a visibly shaken Guatemalan woman inside An art gallery in a building that formerly housed a drug smuggling tunnel in San Diego. "The next time she tells her story, it will be easier."
Nefi Hernández, who wanted to seek asylum with his wife and young daughter, was born while traveling through Mexico, worried that he might be detained by his daughter. But his mood lifted when he learned he could be released with an ankle bracelet.
Hernandez, 24, said a gang in his hometown San Pedro Sula in Honduras threatened to kill him and his family if he did not sell drugs.
Jose Cazares, 31, said he was facing death threats in the northern Honduran town of Yoro because a gang member suspected of killing his children's mother reported one of Cazare's sons to the police ,
always compensates for lost time with a child, but if they kill him, you can not, "he said in front of his dome-shaped tent in a refugee home near the imposing US border barriers that separated San Diego from Tijuana.  Copyright 2018 The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved, This material may not be published, transmitted, rewritten or redistributed.