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USU.S. will let just 20 migrants per day in caravan cross Texas border

02:35  07 february  2019
02:35  07 february  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The migrant caravan could be weeks away from the US border . World U . S . Politics Business Entertainment Sport Travel Style Health Video. Right now the closest border crossing to this caravan would be between Matamoros, Mexico The caravan has traveled about 20 -30 miles a day

US military planners anticipate that only a small percentage of Central American migrants travelling in the caravan will make it to the US -Mexico border , as more than 7,000 active-duty troops are mobilised to prevent them from According to military planning documents, about 20 per cent of the roughly 7

U.S. will let just 20 migrants per day in caravan cross Texas border© Alexandre Meneghini Image: Migrants rest beside a highway during their journey to the United States in San Jose Iturbide, Mexico, on Feb. 1, 2019.

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of migrants in a new caravan that just reached the U.S. border may have to wait in Northern Mexico for months, because the U.S. agents in the tiny Texas town where they want to cross can only currently process fewer than 20 migrants a day, according to Customs and Border Protection officials.

More than 1,800 migrants arrived in Piedras Negras, Mexico, on Tuesday, just across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass, Texas.

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Mexico confirms ending fast-track visa program for Central American caravan Mexico’s Institute of National Migration confirmed with Fox News that the temporary asylum visa fast-track program is suspended, and no more visas will be given at the moment.

“We thought they would let us in. The migrant caravans have shrunk significantly, from close to 7,000 people who arrived in Tijuana a month ago seeking entry into the US . Another 3,500 migrants are assumed to have crossed illegally into the US or traveled to other Mexican border cities.

Members of the migrant caravan burst through a Guatemalan border fence on Friday and rushed onto the bridge over the Suchiate River. Migrants have banded together to travel en masse regularly in recent years, but this caravan was unusual for its huge size, said Victor Clark Alfaro, a Latin

Border agents in Eagle Pass can process fewer than 20 asylum seekers a day, but as of now, there are no plans to beef up the number of officers who can administer a credible-fear interview, the first step towards seeking asylum. In a credible-fear interview, an asylum seeker tries to establish there is reason to fear returning home.

The Trump administration is sending 250 active duty troops to Eagle Pass in addition to more Border Patrol agents to enforce border security. Texas Department of Public Safety has deployed dozens of state troopers to Eagle Pass in anticipation of the caravan.

The process of allowing only a small number of immigrants to be processed per day is known as metering, and was used for short periods of particularly high surges of immigrants under the Obama administration. However, the Trump administration has continued to use metering for months in San Ysidro, California, triggering the creation of migrant camps in Tijuana. Last month, two Central American boys were lured out of their migrant camp in Tijuana and murdered.

The Pentagon says it will deploy another 3,750 US troops to the Mexican border

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1) What is a migrant caravan ? Over the past decade, there’ s been a rise in the number of unaccompanied children and families crossing the US -Mexico border . Increasingly, they are people fleeing violence and insecurity, coming from the Northern Triangle of Central America — Guatemala

Migrant caravan : One reason Central Americans are going all the way to Tijuana to reach the U . S . border ? El Chapo. The Trump administration will deny asylum to anyone who crosses the border illegally, urging migrants to come to ports of entry.

In Tijuana, immigrants keep an informal list of names who are assigned to each number and only those called — usually about 40 — are allowed to approach the port of entry each day.

Immigration advocates worry about the poor conditions immigrants may face if they are forced to wait in Piedras Negras, a small town with little capacity to care for a large number of newcomers with no homes. They have called for the administration to deploy more resources, including asylum officers, to the border to help process more immigrants per day.

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that it will begin turning back those asylum seekers who do reach the port of entry, starting in San Ysidro with plans to expand to other parts of the border. Those asylum seekers will have to wait in Mexico until their asylum cases can be heard.

A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety declined to comment. A spokesperson for CBP did not respond to a request for comment.

Border agents overwhelmed as Texas begins processing migrant caravan.
Fox News was recently at a port of entry. Reporters saw when the first small group of about a dozen people from the caravan were allowed to present themselves at the U.S. border, about a week after they had arrived. Dozens of people from the prior week were already in line ahead of the caravan migrants – highlighting how busy border patrol officials were before the caravan arrived. Most in the caravan are hoping to seek asylum in the United States. Mexican officials had offered caravan members a ride for the last leg of the trip – from Saltillo in the state of Coahuila, Mexico to the border.

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