First Asylum Seekers from Mexico Caravan reached U.S. border

May 1, 2018

The caravan of immigrants who travelled 2,000-mile across central Mexico to seek asylum in the United Staes has reached the border. 


Dozens of immigrants, since May Day, have camped in the surroundings U.S. border waiting for the border officials to allow their entry to the U.S. 


Although President Donald Trump had demanded weeks ago not to be granted their entry to the United States last night a group of women and children have been allowed by the U.S. border authorities to enter the country. 

 

The U.S. Department of Justice late on Monday filed criminal charges against 11 migrants for entering the country illegally about four miles (6 km) west of the San Ysidro, California.


“The United States will not stand by as our immigration laws are ignored and our nation’s safety is jeopardized,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the charges.

 

Most of the caravan emigrants said they are fleeing the death threats, robberies, and violence of powerful street gangs, which forces the Trump administration to pursue international immigration rules and accept some asylum applications.


The emigrants would continue to stay at the improvised shelter in the Tijuana, Mexico until they convince the U.S. border officials that their life is uncertain if they go back home. 

 

“We crossed the whole of Mexico,” said Angel Caceres, who fled Honduras with his 5-year-old son after his brother and nephew were murdered and his mother beaten and raped. “We will stay until as long as it takes.” He added. 


It was not clear when more of the group would be allowed to make their asylum bids. A CBP spokeswoman said the port of entry was congested with other undocumented immigrants, and that the caravan members might have to wait in Mexico temporarily.

 

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