Central American migrants vow to wait at the border until they can be processed by U.S. officials
None of the migrants in the caravan that traveled from Central America to the U.S. border have been granted asylum, CNN reported Monday.
The group, made up of Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran migrants fleeing violence and unrest in Central America, arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday. Border patrol officials have not processed any of the travelers, ABC News reports, saying that the port of entry has "reached capacity." Instead, about 100 migrants spent the night sleeping outside at the San Ysidro port of entry to await consideration for asylum.
President Trump has attacked the migrants, tweeting last week that he had instructed Homeland Security officials to deny them entry. "It is a disgrace," Trump wrote. "We are the only country in the world so naive! WALL." During a Saturday rally in Michigan, Trump again referenced his wish for stricter border security. "Are you watching that mess that's going on right now with the caravan coming up?" he said. "Our laws are so weak, they're so pathetic."
The group began with around 400 travelers, who dispersed as the caravan traveled through Mexico. The remaining members, made up mostly of mothers and children, vowed to keep waiting at San Ysidro until they can be legally processed. CNN reports that the migrants say they don't plan to illegally sneak across the border, opting instead to plead their case to law enforcement officials as international law requires.