US: No Room for Asylum Seekers at Border Crossing
A group of nearly 200 Central Americans was stopped on the Mexican side of the United States border on Sunday.
Their month-long march across Mexico was suspended when border inspectors announced they do not have enough space to house the marchers.
The Central American migrants are seeking asylum in the U.S. But President Donald Trump promised to “stop“ them from entering the country.
The asylum-seekers arrived close to Tijuana, along the coast, where a steel fence stretching into the Pacific Ocean blocked their path. They sang the Honduran national anthem as supporters on the U.S side of the fence waved a Honduran flag.
Some migrants were permitted through an opening controlled by Mexican officials. But they were stopped on the other side at the entrance to the U.S. inspection center. Another 50 or so set up a camp on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro border crossing.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the border crossing had “reached capacity“ for people without legal documents. He added asylum-seekers might need to wait in Mexico temporarily.
Trump has often spoken about the caravan of migrants since it began forming on March 25 near the Guatemalan border. His administration wants to end the policy known as “catch-and-release.“ The policy permits those seeking asylum to be detained and released into the U.S. while waiting for their court hearing – a process that can take years.