Over 50 Asylum Seekers ALLOWED into USA — CARAVAN' CRISIS
- Author: Ryan Wade May 04, 2018,
May 04, 2018, 11:59
Dozens more Central American caravan migrants were let into the United States to begin pleading their case for asylum on Thursday despite sharp criticism from US President Donald Trump, bringing the total to 158 since last weekend.
The migrants were part of a group of around 1,000 people who set out from Mexico's southern border on March 25, before reaching the northern border town of Tijuana on Sunday. Numerous caravan participants are migrants fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
The caravan is a tradition dating back to 2010 and is created to draw attention to the plight of destitute Central Americans crossing through Mexico in a bid to reach the USA and the promise of a better life.
The caravan captured the world's attention as scores of migrants travelled through Mexico on a journey to escape their violent homelands.
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Trump has called the immigrant caravan a sign of weak United States law on migration and said it should be stopped in Mexico.
More than 50 members of the so-called migrant caravan are now being evaluated for asylum by U.S.
Zuniga, who fled El Salvador after threats from the brutal MS-13 gang to her 15-year-old son, said she was hopeful her turn would come soon. Two by two, they walked up to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer standing in the gate to ask if they might pass through.
Trump wants to tighten laws to make it harder for people to claim asylum.
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Trump reacted angrily to the news, accusing the Mexican government of facilitating illegal immigration and demanding that USA lawmakers act to tighten asylum laws.
People climb a section of border fence to look toward supporters in the U.S.as members of a caravan of Central American asylum seekers arrive to a rally on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.
To deal with an already existing backlog of cases, 18 supervising immigration judges are being assigned to hear cases in immigration courts near the border, both in person and through video teleconferencing.
In a recent interview with ABC News, McAleenan said 70 to 80 percent of those who claim asylum at the border are let into the country because they meet the "low threshold" of having a possible case to make.
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