Trump in tension as migrants arrive in Tijuana in caravans

Activists Send Lawyers To Border To Coach 'Caravan' Asylum Seekers

Migrant caravan seeking asylum reaches US border

A mother and child who are traveling with a caravan wait in line for a free meal after arriving at the shelter.

Donald Trump is again under tension because #migrants have arrived at the border in Tijuana seeking asylum.

Earlier this month, President Trump demanded Mexico crackdown on the migrant "caravan" as it worked its way through Mexico towards the United States. Another 300 migrants traveling with the group plan to remain in Mexico.

Two San Diego attorneys we consulted say the asylum process is lengthy and far more involved than some might think.

One of those hoping to get into the U.S.is Jovanne Torres from El Salvador. All of the cases have been reviewed by lawyers.

Pueblos Sin Fronteras volunteers say they and other organizations are simply explaining to vulnerable people what rights they have, not coaching them to break the law.

United States lawyers are expected to hold clinics this week to explain what the immigrants should expect during their applications for asylum. Asylum seekers must have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular "social group", a broad category that has included domestic violence victims and others.

"I've heard they don't give asylum anymore, that the USA isn't helping anyone, that it's a lie, that they're going to deport me and take my daughter away". Asylum seekers are screened and have their backgrounds checked and, depending on how they entered the country, may be detained pending a hearing. "If you make a false immigration claim, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution", Nielsen said.

Q:Is this caravan something new?

The percentage is even lower for people from Central America and Mexico, with still fewer asylum requests being granted if the person lacks legal representation.

PSF has organised caravans for several years but this is the first that has attracted mainstream media coverage in the U.S., according to reports. At its peak, more than 1,000 people were walking north through Mexico.

Sanders said the ruling would encourage immigrants to come to the U.S. border.

"Pockets of the original, so-called 'migrant caravan, ' which press reports indicate consists mostly of Honduran nationals, have begun to arrive at our southern border with the intent of claiming asylum".

A bus carrying Central American asylum seekers heads to Tijuana on April 24.

Despite the president's condemnation, the caravan proceeded - though it splintered. "Smugglers and traffickers and those who lie or commit fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", he continued.

This month, the Trump administration announced a new push for legislation that would make it more hard to obtain refuge.

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