New Barricades At US-Mexico Border As Migrant Caravan Arrives

New Barricades At US-Mexico Border As Migrant Caravan Arrives

The United States closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the busiest border crossing with Mexico to install new security barriers on Monday, a day after hundreds of Tijuana residents protested against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants.

For weeks Trump focused on the "caravan" of Honduran migrants who were walking toward the U.S. -Mexico border, falsely painting them as a direct threat to Americans.

However, the planned pullout could be complicated by a court ruling late Monday that temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's order to deny the right to seek political asylum to migrants who don't come to designated ports of entry and instead cross the border illegally.

Currently, there are approximately 5,800 troops deployed to the border. Since arriving in Tijuana two years ago, Semaco has found work selling aprons to people crossing the border in their cars.

Central American migrants, as part of the Central American caravan trying to reach the United States, wait in a line to receive donated dinner downtown in Mexicali, Mexico, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. "While we have made significant progress in closing gaps and hardening points of entry, I don't have any redeployment details to announce at this time". She added that caravan migrants had assaulted "border police in multiple countries", even using "incendiary devices", though she provided no evidence.

Given the increasing attention on the caravan, and the insistence by top US officials that the migrants will not simply be allowed to enter the USA, the crowds in Tijuana reportedly may end up having to wait six months for their asylum claims to be heard.

Because of the additional security measures and lane closures, border officials are recommending those who traveling north into the US prepare to face additional wait times. But, she said, it's important that Tijuana not forget it is a city of migrants.

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Disparities were once again clear between parties, with a majority of Republicans (51 percent) asserting that caravan members should be turned back to their home countries, while 43 percent said they should be given the opportunity to enter.

As migrants wait to apply for asylum in the US, protesters for and against the caravan are speaking out; William La Jeunesse reports from Tijuana. Roughly 300 gathered to protest, many wearing the national team's soccer jersey and waving Mexican flags.

Trump was accused of stoking immigration fears last month in the lead-up to the November 6 midterm elections after he claimed that "unknown Middle Easterners" were among those traveling with the caravan.

Asylum-seekers are encouraged to go to ports of entry to ask for help, but are often forced to wait weeks or months to do so because the US government admits only a limited number at a time for processing. He fears the US won't grant him asylum, and that he'll get deported if he tries to cross into the country without authorization.

Alden Rivera, the Honduran ambassador in Mexico, told the AP on Saturday that 1,800 Hondurans have returned to their country since the caravan first set out on October 13, and that he hopes more will make that decision. Trump said that up to 15,000 could be deployed.

The migrants' expected long stay in Tijuana has raised concerns about the ability of the border city of more than 1.6 million to handle the influx.

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