Trickle of ‘caravan’ migrants starts to enter US soil

TIJUANA, Mexico: US immigration officials began processing a trickle of asylum applications from a caravan of Central American migrants camped at the U.S.-Mexico border, despite criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump of their attempt to enter the country.

Border agents slowly admitted 17 migrants, mostly women and children, on Tuesday to begin the process, according to organizers with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras immigrant rights group.

Eight other migrants from the caravan were allowed in on Monday night.

That left about 115 migrants who had made the 2,000-mile trek from Central America waiting anxiously in a makeshift camp outside the border post in the Mexican city of Tijuana.

I'm scared, I'm so scared. I don't want to return to my country, said Reina Isabel Rodriguez, who fled Honduras with two grandsons, tears streaming down her face.

Eleven-year-old Christopher looked up at his grandmother in anguish, while 7-year-old Anderson sat at her feet, his head drooping sadly and a red toy robot in his lap.

By Tuesday afternoon, a couple dozen more migrants rushed to gather their belongings and eat what they could before heading into the border facility's walkway for what could be another 24-hour wait.

The camp of weary migrants - who have already spent two nights at the border - showed no signs of breaking up as another cold night approached.

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday night that it had launched prosecutions against 11 suspected caravan members on charges of crossing the border illegally. Reuters

Source: Radio Pakistan