Fifteen Honduran migrants, primarily teenagers however together with a mom photographed operating together with her daughters from tear gasoline a number of weeks in the past, had been held up on the U.S. aspect of the border with Mexico on Monday and denied the possibility to ask for asylum, a Reuters witness and advocates stated.
Among the many group had been Maria Meza and her youngsters, who appeared in a extensively circulated taken by Reuters as they fled tear gasoline thrown by U.S. authorities throughout a protest on the border final month when some migrants rushed the U.S. fence.
Activists contemplate the group, together with a number of unaccompanied minors, to be weak and in want of fast consideration on the port of entry.
Democratic U.S. Representatives Jimmy Gomez and Nanette Barragan, together with attorneys, accompanied the group on the Otay Mesa port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico, on Monday afternoon, the Reuters witness stated.
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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) brokers stated the port of entry was full, Gomez stated. Surrounded by advocates and attorneys, the migrants sat by a metallic turnstile, having gone past an indication marking the division between Mexico and the USA.
The CBP didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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The asylum seekers had been a part of teams of hundreds of migrants generally known as caravans that left from Central America and arrived in Tijuana in current months.
U.S. President Donald Trump declared the caravans an “invasion,” and despatched a number of thousand troops to “harden” the border, together with with barbed wire.
U.S. authorities have been limiting what number of migrants can ask for asylum every day on the Mexico border. That has led to months-long waits earlier than asylum claims might be made.
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The 15 migrants had been nonetheless sitting at Otay Mesa after two hours on Monday, as Gomez and Barragan talked to CBP officers. One of many younger women started to cry as her mom held her.
“They’re saying that they don’t have the capability, however that doesn’t appear to be the case as a result of no one has been allowed in to see if they’ve the capability,” Gomez instructed reporters on the scene, including he would discover out whether or not that was true.
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Attorneys from advocacy group Al Otro Lado had been additionally with the kids. Al Otro Lado has accompanied weak teams to the border with the intention to request asylum, bypassing a semi-formal record system that controls the numbers of migrants who attempt to enter every day.
Earlier this month, a single mom and her 9-year-old daughter had been in a position to ask for asylum on the San Ysidro port of entry solely after a congresswoman – who was touring the port on the time – stepped in and instructed CBP officers they had been required to course of them by regulation, in accordance with Lindsay Toczylowski, government director on the Immigrant Defenders Regulation Middle.