TIJUANA, Mexico – A stalemate between a caravan of Latin American migrants and the US government continued for a second day on Monday, when US border officials rejected the processing of asylum seekers. At the entrance to a border crossing in Tijuana, migrants cowered in a makeshift camp and refused to move.
The stalemate began on Sunday afternoon with Customs and Border Patrol, the arm of the Department of Homeland Security, which regulates the ports of entry, announcing that there is no capacity left to work on its San Ysidro San Diego San Diego bordering Tijuana
Nevertheless, about 200 migrants from the caravan who wanted to seek asylum ̵
Denied entry to the United States to seek refuge in the refuge, settling migrants, almost all from Central America, in the pedestrian street in front of the Mexican border entrance.
When the cold night came, she unpacked the few warm clothes she carried in backpacks and plasti c-bags, huddled under donated blankets and ate sandwiches distributed by volunteers. By dawn, they had lined up plastic sheeting to protect them from the sun and rain, and vowed to stay until the asylum-seekers among them were able to seek protection on American soil.
Customs and Border Guard Officials The Mexican authorities made inquiries to their American counterparts and said that this was not a Mexican administrative matter.
The organizers of the caravan said that the migrants were a difficult group and that the waiting was uncomfortable was a small challenge compared to the needs they already faced – in their home countries where they were exposed to violence and poverty, and during her exhausting journey north.
"This is the least of their sufferings," said Irineo Mujica of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the transnational interest group that organized the caravan
The caravan began on March 25 in Tapachula, a city on the southern Mexican border with Guate Mala and it quickly grew to more than 1,200 migrants. Such mass migrations, which have become a tradition in Mexico, provide security for migrants and give advocates a platform to expose their criticisms of regional migration policies.
This caravan has come, in part because of its extraordinary size, to President Trump, who said in a flood of news on Twitter that the caravan threatened the security and sovereignty of the United States. He also accused Mexico of doing little to stop the illegal migration.
Undeterred, the caravan drove further north, its participants traveling on freight trains and hitchhiking, slumbering in filthy sanctuaries and parks and eating poorly. Hundreds got out on the way and decided to travel alone or stay in Mexico.
More than 300 participants arrived in Tijuana last week and have been assisted in recent days by supporters from Mexico and the United States, including numerous volunteer lawyers and paralegals gathered in this frontier town to offer free caravan participants To offer consultations.
The organizers and lawyers identified the strongest asylum cases – about 200, most children – and encouraged those individuals to seek protection that the rest sought protection in Mexico or elsewhere in Latin America
To obtain asylum, applicants must demonstrate that they are persecuted or persecuted for their race, religion, nationality, political belief or membership in a particular group. Individuals applying for protection at an American entry point must undergo an investigation by an asylum official, known as a "credible-fear interview". If the police officer believes the fear is credible, the case is forwarded to an immigration judge for a full hearing.
But since arriving at the border on Sunday, none of the asylum seekers in the caravan have been allowed by border officials
Proponents of the migrants accused the Trump government of seeking political benefits at the expense of asylum seekers.
"Customs and Border Protection is the country's largest law enforcement agency, and can detain and imprison thousands of people in one day, but they claim they do not have the capacity to accommodate 150 refugee parents and children whose children have been detained Arrivals weeks previously announced and communicated, "said Pueblo Sin Fronteras in a statement on Monday.
In the vacuum of authoritative information, rumors circulated among migrants and their supporters.
Caravan organizers said that they had been told by the Customs and Borde protection agents who had not treated asylum seekers at the San Ysidro entrance for three days and the migrants of the caravan could wait a few days or longer before they received asylum application.
"Really, nobody said anything," said Arnaldo Rivera, 40, who fled his homeland Honduras with his wife and five children after the family was threatened by a gang. They were among about 200 migrants who waited outside the entrance to the border crossing on Sunday, donated food and used a nearby public bath.
The family had staked an area of the pedestrian area by spreading a blanket and demarcating it with a few backpacks that contained their worldly belongings.
"It could be this afternoon, it could be tomorrow," he said with a shrug. "God has the last word."
Late on Sunday, local, state and federal authorities tried to convince migrants to get off the pedestrian street and spend the night in refugee shelters. But in an act of common resistance, the participants in the caravan decided to stay where they were. When the officials left, the migrants applauded and applauded.
"We've seen a lot and that will not stop us," said Shannel Smith, 29, who fled gang violence in Honduras. 35 Transgender migrants in the caravan
Ms. Smith was part of a delegation of about 50 migrants selected by the lawyers and caravan organizers to approach the American border on Sunday afternoon to verify the authorities' claim that they had no capacity to handle asylum applications.
But the members of the group, many of them children, were not allowed to go through the gate. Some decided to spend most of the night there, sitting behind metal barricades and cowering under blankets on the cold concrete to put pressure on the American government.