Immigrants Arrive At The Mexico-U.S. Border
Nearly 100 Central American immigrants, mainly coming from countries like Honduras and El Salvador, arrived at the Mexico-U.S. Border in San Ysidro, California with the firm objective of seeking asylum from US authorities.
However, the head of the US Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP), Kevin McAleenan, said in a statement to Fox News that, “they have reached the maximum capacity at the port of entry of San Ysidro so CBP agents will not be able to process any more people without proper documentation. ”
Additionally, the US official commented that the members of the Caravan “may need to wait in Mexico while the agents process the requests of those who are already inside our facilities.”
The immigrants are members of the Caravan of Refugees that started the march from their countries of origin on March 25, some of them with the objective of seeking asylum in Mexico and others in the United States.
“We’ve been waiting so long that it really does not matter if it’s today, tomorrow or when they let us in,” said Irineo Mujica, director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group that organized the caravan from its starting point.
The Caravan In Search of Opportunities
In parts of the journey to different destinations, the Caravan reached the 1,500 members who told their stories and manifested coming from countries where poverty, violence and lack of opportunities led them to leave in order to survive.
After walking 3,000 miles to reach the US-Mexico border, and receiving the news that the checkpoint was completely saturated and they could not receive their requests, the coordinators of the Caravan decided to submit the “more vulnerable cases”such as threatened children and transgender people facing persecution first.
Asylum in the United States
To seek asylum in the US, people must demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution in their homes. Afterwards, applicants are commonly kept in detention centers. It is common for women with small children to spend less time locked up and are set free to wait for their audiences.