A caravan with hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants from Central America arrived at the US-Mexico border on Sunday. Some of them are climbing on either side of the wall separating Tijuana and San Diego to make formal asylum claims. But, they could be detained by the US authorities if their asylum claims are not strong enough.
The migrant caravan has been criticized by President Donal Trump, wherein he disparaged the caravan during his campaign-style event in Michigan Saturday evening. He also called the caravan as a threat to the Americans.
Last week, Trump also tweeted something like this regarding the caravan…
Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naive! WALL
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2018
The caravan members are now facing difficult choices: to remain in Mexico, to seek asylum at the border, or to enter the United States illegally.
The demonstrators climbed up to the border wall along the Pacific Ocean, and young men sat on the fence with legs dangling into California. They waved for cameras while the U.S. Border Patrol agents carefully watched them.
Some of the migrants are filled with anxiety, while others scarfed down food as they were afraid that there would be no food when they turned to the border officials.
“I feel a little cold. I feel anxious,” said Jaime Alexander from El Salvador. He was slightly shaking while on his way to Tijuana, Mexico – the border city in Mexico, just south of California.
Meanwhile, on the American side, the US immigration activists, which were 20 yards away, cheered the migrants.
Possible deportation and detention of the migrants if asylum claims are not strong enough…
Majority of the migrants claimed they wanted to flee poverty, gang violence, political persecution, and retaliatory rape in their home counties.
Some of them are planning to seek asylum from Mexico, while most of the migrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala said they want to seek legal asylum in San Diego.
However, the US immigration lawyers noted to the group on Sunday that they may probably be facing heavy consequences, such as detention, deportation, or separation from their families, if their asylum claims were not strong enough.
After making the asylum claims, seekers are kept in the detention centers, and women with young children have less time locked up. They are usually being released to await their hearings.
Unfortunately, those who were denied the asylum claims are deported back to their own country.