Convicted murderer caught crossing border near San Ysidro
- Author: Tracy Klein Dec 01, 2018,
Dec 01, 2018, 3:23
Thousands of migrants are being housed at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro U.S. -Mexico Port of Entry, even though it can accommodate only 1,000 people.
With the added large numbers of migrants coming from Central America to seek legal U.S. entry and claim asylum, Perez said, the general two days it takes CBP in San Diego to process people could increase to five or six weeks.
Migrants, many of them fleeing gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala ad El Salvador, have often travelled on foot to reach the United States border.
Members of the "migrant caravan" now camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego, California, told MSNBC late Tuesday that they were told making entrance into the United States would be much easier and that they're ready to make the long journey back home.
"As President [Donald] Trump and Secretary [Kirstjen] Nielsen warned, over the last few weeks we have identified over 600 known criminals and gang members in the caravan".
Susan Tully, national field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, points out that as many as 95 percent of those migrants are young men between ages 17 to 25.
The Mexican government called for an investigation after the U.S. authorities fired "non lethal" weapons on migrants during Sunday's violence.
Later that day, another Border Patrol agent was assaulted while trying to arrest an illegal immigrant. He tried to swim to the US side but quickly got in trouble in the rough waters of the Pacific. In June, Trump retreated on the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy on prosecuting illegal entries by generally exempting people who enter the country in families.
Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol's parent agency, referred only two cases to the Justice Department for prosecution and charges were not filed because the accused had medical problems that prevented them from being held in San Diego's detention center, according to the USA official.
The other adults were not prosecuted because Customs and Border Protection didn't have enough information to pursue charges, including the name of the arresting officers, according to the official, who said it was a chaotic scene.
None of the 42 migrants arrested in Sunday's clash at the US-Mexico border will be criminally charged.
The agency shared this information in a news release.