More than 50 Central American migrant workers seeking asylum were admitted into the United States this week and have been permitted to “have their claims processed,” said the organizers behind the ‘caravan.’
NBC News reports that 53 migrants are currently in the process of obtaining legal-resident status at the US-Mexico border crossing outside San Diego, California.
Hundreds of undocumented workers remain in Tijuana awaiting further instructions.
“I can’t take it here anymore,” said one migrant who was admitted into the US Wednesday. “The nights are too cold and sleeping on the floor is painful. We have to walk a mile to use the bathroom every day at a nearby shelter. I can’t do it any longer.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions deployed dozens of additional attorneys to the border crossing in recent days to help federal agents “better prosecute illegal entries into our country.”
Earlier this week, 11 individuals were charged with illegally entering the United States after successfully sneaking across the porous border between the two nations.
“We are not going to let this country be overwhelmed. People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border,” said Sessions. “We need legality and integrity in the system.”
BORDER SHOWDOWN: Migrant ‘Caravan’ Arrives at US CUSTOMS in San Diego
Hundreds of migrant workers from Central America ended their month-long journey through Mexico and arrived at the US border Sunday; attempting to cross into San Diego and claim asylum-status as early as Monday morning.
Despite weeks of legal drama and comments from the President demanding Mexican authorities disband the ‘caravan,’ the undocumented immigrants are poised to file paperwork with federal agents; hoping to receive legal-resident status in the US.
US authorities have so-far refused entry to the Central Americans, saying the customs checkpoint has “reached capacity.”
“At this time, we have reached capacity at the San Ysidro port of entry for CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officers to be able to bring additional persons traveling without appropriate entry documentation into the port of entry for processing,” Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told Fox News in a statement.
He said the immigrants “may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities.”
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‘CARAVAN’ CHAOS: DOJ Charges 11 Migrants with ‘ILLEGAL ENTRY’
The Department of Justice filed charges against at least 11 individuals associated with the ‘migrant caravan’ that arrived at the US-Mexico border over the weekend; raising the stakes as hundreds of undocumented workers seek asylum in the United States.
“The Department of Justice has filed complaints against 11 individuals believed to be members of the Central American migrant caravan, accusing them of illegally entering the United States,” writes the Daily Caller.
According to police reports, 10 migrants face misdemeanor charges for illegally entering the United States, with one immigrant facing a possible felony for entering the United States after being previously deported.
The charges signal a harsh US response to the nearly 200 migrants attempting to enter the country at the San Diego border station.
Earlier this week, American officials denied entry for the ‘caravan,’ citing the border crossing as “full” and unable to process any further immigration requests “at this time.”
h/t Daily Caller