The caravan of asylum seekers from Central America has reached the US border at San Diego but US officials have blocked them. The migrants aren’t leaving, however. Many of them are staying and waiting to be let in. This could get ugly.
FOX News reports:
Caravan asylum-seekers heading toward showdown as US officials say border crossing is full
U.S. immigration officials said Sunday that the San Diego border crossing where hundreds of Central American immigrants intended to apply for asylum was closed due to high capacity — but many of the asylum-seekrs were preparing to wait overnight.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said earlier Sunday that the agency “reached capacity at the San Ysidro port of entry for CBP 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 that immigrants “may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities.”
Despite the announcement, about 50 people walked across a bridge and approached the port facility, but were not immediately accommodated by U.S. officials. They were being permitted to wait in passageways until room became available, and appeared prepared to wait overnight, according to Irineo Mujica, one of the organizers of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, an organization assisting the asylum speakers.
Why don’t they just stay in Mexico? Oh right, because Mexico has strict immigration laws.