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Major Update on 'Migrant Caravan' at the US-Mexico Border
Only a small fraction of them, however, have been processed and let into the United States so far, in large part because the federal facilities that would house the immigrants seeking asylum had "reached capacity", according to US officials.
Customs and border officials have only allowed small numbers of asylum-seekers through at a time, because the processing facility was already at capacity upon the group's arrival.
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.
About a third of the 150 migrants seeking to cross into San Diego have been granted entry, with organizers gathering in the makeshift tent city near the crossing to announce names with a loudspeaker. The crossing, the nation's busiest, processed about 50 asylum-seekers a day from October through February, suggesting the wait will be short.
Now the Justice Department is moving 35 assistant USA attorneys and 18 immigration judges to the Southwest border to help process cases and "to prosecute illegal entries into our country", Sessions said, noting that the additional immigration judges "will be about a 50 percent increase in the number of immigration judges who will be handling the asylum claims".
More than 75% of applicants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador between 2011 and 2016 were rejected, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
"We are sending a message worldwide: Don't come illegally". "It gives me hope that we are still a conscientious country that cares about people who are fleeing violence and persecution".
Members of the migrant caravan approach the wall in Tijuana. As of Wednesday, about 65 of the Central American migrants had been allowed to pass through the San Ysidro pedestrian gate to apply for asylum, according to to immigration lawyers there.
Scores of men, women and children, fleeing from their violence-wracked home countries, arrived at USA border crossings late last week looking to enter the United States by seeking asylum.
"The migrant "caravan" that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective USA immigration laws are", Trump tweeted on Monday.
She said the difficulties of scaling the language barrier in her own home will pale in comparison to what she has seen during prior visits to the U.S. -Mexico border and her work in MA helping immigration detainees make phone calls to families.
Thirty-five judges and prosecutors will be placed in border states California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to speed up "prosecutions of improper entry, illegal reentry, and alien smuggling cases" and "adjudication of immigration court cases".
"Quite a few people have claimed to be part of the caravan, including a sizeable contingent of Guatemalan men who were never part", Ramos said.
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