Hundreds Of Young Men From Caravan Reach Border, Climb Fence
- Author: Tracy Klein Nov 15, 2018,
Nov 15, 2018, 3:35
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Several hundred migrants from the first caravan arrived in Tijuana on Tuesday where they are expected to rest and receive legal advice before approaching the border crossing at San Ysidro to request asylum. He ran quickly back to the fence.
Because the route poses a host of dangers, such as attack by criminal gangs, numerous migrants say they feel safer travelling in numbers. Space in shelters operated by church and civic groups in Tijuana and Mexicali is limited in the state to 1,600 spaces, he said, and some already are filled to capacity.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report at the beginning of November that stated there are "hundreds of convicted criminals or known gang members traveling in the migrant caravan that is traveling through Mexico to the US southern border", The Daily Wire reported.
For them, the day-to-day strain of travelling thousands of kilometres by foot and hitchhiking has been compounded by occasional harassment from other travellers, according to those in this LGBT group who arrived in Tijuana by bus from Mexico City earlier this week.
On Wednesday, buses and trucks carried some migrants into the state of Sinaloa along the Gulf of California and farther northward into the border state of Sonora.
It is unclear whether the two caravans would merge or when they would set out on the road north.
The 5,000 migrants, who say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, have largely been making their journey on foot.
"Department of Defense personnel are installing concertina wire, and pre-positioning jersey barriers, barricades, and fencing", US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement.
Authorities have been struggling to deal with the first sizeable group of 357 migrants who arrived in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, aboard nine buses.
As with the others, the LGBT faction are hoping to get political asylum either at the San Ysidro or Otay Mesa ports of entry.
On Tuesday, some even scaled the fence and dropped down to the other side, writing defiant messages in the sand as United States border patrol agents looked on, before scrambling back to the Mexican side. That traffic includes some 40,000 vehicles, 34,000 pedestrians and 150 to 200 buses.