TIJUANA, Mexico – The woman crawled under the first and pushed face down through a gap dug under the border fence. The room was only a few inches high and her feet kicked dust in the air as she wiggled. Next, her three-year-old daughter, dressed in a pink sweat suit, came on her back and feet to California first by a man who had stayed in Mexico.
The mother urged her on with concern. "Hurry up," she said. "I'm here, it does not matter if you get dirty."
Fifteen seconds later, mother and daughter from Honduras were together in the USA. Soon, an American border guard approached with an SUV to detain her.
US Customs and Border Guard said on Tuesday that the San Diego sector had experienced a "slight upward trend" among families illegally entering the US and turning into agents since the Caravan of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana two weeks ago was.
Thousands of Migrants On the Mexican side of the border, people in overcrowded tent cities in Tijuana live on foot and hitchhiking after a long, grueling journey through Mexico seeking to seek asylum in the US. Frustrated with the long wait for the US to process 100 Most migrants strive every day to secretly cross the border.
Rachel Rivera, 19, told The Associated Press that Honduras has become non-viable. Moments before flattening under the fence, she said she would move to the US to "give her daughter Charlot a better life."
An AP video journalist also witnessed more than two dozen migrants pushing a fence between Mexico and the US on Monday night. On the opposite side, entire families raised their hands to frontier patrol agents, who arrived quickly with white trucks.
It is not clear where the families were taken from.
On a typical day before the caravan arrived in Tijuana, US border patrols arrived In the San Diego area, about 120 people were arrested trying to cross the border illegally from Mexico.
President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in November suspending asylum rights for people who want to enter the US illegally. Rights groups question the legitimacy of this proclamation.
US. Customs and Border Guard spokesman Ralph DeSio said the US had tried to prevent illegal crossings with the announcement.
The US has introduced an established procedure for asylum seekers to present themselves "properly" in a port of entry, DeSio AP said by e-mail. "When people ignore this process, they put themselves at risk, and in the case of families, their children's lives at risk."
Trump once again used Twitter on Tuesday to gain support for a child with a better border wall, arguing that the cost of illegal immigration would be lower each year than the US.
People who came mainly from Honduras, but also from El Salvador and Guatemala, formed the caravan to Tijuana and searched for security when crossing Mexico. Avoid criminals and the fees demanded by the gangs, who are the victims of migrants fall. Dozens of migrants have told AP that they are fleeing poverty and looking for a better life, while many report copious domestic violence and death threats in their homeland.
Margarita Lopez, a migrant from Honduras, said she would definitely blow up the US if she had the chance. In the meantime, Lopez was in the queue on Tuesday asking for a humanitarian visa from Mexican officials, which would allow her to live and work in Mexico for a year.
Guatemala-based hiker Luis Fernando Vazquez from Guatemala said he did not run for the line.
"I'm not like that," he said. "I prefer to work to behave well here."
Press reviewers Amy Guthrie of Mexico City and Elliot Spagat of San Diego contributed to the report.