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Migrants From Central American Caravans to Reach U.S. This Weekend

How should the U.S. handle migrants arriving at its borders?

by Axios | Updated on 11.14.18

About 100 migrants who have traveled hundreds of miles through Mexico could reach the U.S. port of entry between Tijuana and San Diego, California on Sunday, ABC News reports.

The big picture: There are an estimated 11,000 migrants mostly from Central America traveling in multiple caravans toward the U.S. right now. Around 80 members from the LGBT community arrived at the border on Sunday, after traveling on anonymously donated buses, per NBC San Diego. Thousands of U.S. troops and militia groups are at the border in anticipation of these caravans.

Customs and Border Protection officials plan to shut down several lanes of traffic through the border into San Diego in anticipation of the caravan, according to the Los Angeles Times.

  • The Trump administration has instituted a new rule, targeted at these migrants, that will prevent anyone who crosses the border illegally from gaining asylum. This is likely to lead to overcrowding at ports of entry that are not designed for processing and holding hundreds — or thousands — of new asylum seekers.

What's next: The port of entry between Tijuana and San Diego is already at capacity, meaning that these migrants will likely have long wait times in Mexico until they can even make an asylum claim.

By the numbers: More than 70% of Honduran, Salvadoran and Guatemalan asylum-seekers were denied defensive asylum in the U.S. between FY 2012 and FY 2017, according to data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

  • And only one-quarter of all affirmative asylum applications were approved in the first three quarters of FY 2018, according to data from USCIS.

Go deeper: What happens when Caravan members apply for asylum

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  • Miles
    11/14/2018
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    I just saw a video from a freelance journalist that went down there. The caravan is about 90% men, not all “women & children” claimed by the liberals. When interviewed, they said that they’re coming to America for jobs & the economy, not for asylum. Also, they claim that many of their fellow migrants have displayed violence. Oh, and it’s illegal.

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  • Chris
    11/14/2018
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    Get our troops off the border now and start helping these people!

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  • Chris
    11/14/2018
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    Please help these migrants. We are all people. I’m am an American citizen and I want my tax money spent helping people not keeping people out of the country. If you do not make actions to stop this I will vote against you regardless of your party!!!

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  • Robert
    11/14/2018
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    Stop this invasion and fix the immigration system. Build the wall, end chain migration and stop the lottery system. Give Border Patrol and ICE the tools to stop and remove illegal aliens and stop sanctuary cities. No more welfare for illegal aliens.

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  • John
    11/14/2018
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    Good! Let’s send social and legal and medical assistance to these refugees. Let’s welcome the poor and downtrodden. Let’s celebrate the gifts they bring. Let’s show the world that America can still be great, in spite of 45 and the Trumpanzees.

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  • Abbi
    11/14/2018
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    I’m not scared OF the migrants, I’m scared FOR them. what orders where our soldiers given, what of the white nationalists that are going down there, will they be stopped from shooting them or will it be like Rosewood, will the migrants be dumped in the desert like Eisenhower done, has it happened already?

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  • Andy1
    11/14/2018
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    And nobody is screaming about the sky falling anymore, because the midterms are over. Chickenshit republican xenophobic fear-mongering - they aren’t even bothering to try to disguise it anymore.

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  • JTJ
    11/14/2018
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    Mexico offered them asylum, don’t let a single one of them enter the US.

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  • Chickie
    11/14/2018
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    My hope is that the 2019 House of Representatives and Senate are working on updating our immigration policy without caveats to allow coal mining or any other useless barter. The US Immigration bill must be a stand alone bill. In the interim, the rules for granting asylum must be followed. The situation at the border has all the makings of chaos and calamity. With the presence of armed military, armed border officials and armed members of ICE, I honestly believe #45 is hoping for a catastrophic outcome resulting in a bloodshed of women, men, and children. A bipartisan of Senate leadership MUST step forward to protest the actions of a man who is unraveling and unhinged. Make no mistake, this is a 911 emergency. If nothing is done to stop #45, not only will the sand of the hourglass be emptied, but the hourglass will be shattered as well.

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  • Stewart
    11/14/2018
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    I’m more afraid of the rouge border protection militias like the white nationalist group Minuteman getting into altercations/firefights with our own troops than I am of the migrants. They have fired on immigrants and border patrol agents before, and a couple years ago stole weapons from National Guard caches. These guys are terrorists

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  • Marc
    11/14/2018
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    These people should be allowed to present themselves properly at the proper places and be treated with graciousness and heard with their requests for asylum. Then the judges should be fair and judicial in making their determination

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  • MelissaN
    11/14/2018
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    I think it’s really important to keep in mind that living in America is awesome, and who wouldn’t want that. I don’t have a problem with anyone coming to this country to better themselves, I think it’s sad how long it takes to apply and if approved to come here legally. Everyone should know that without illegals, there would be a lot of jobs that lazy Americans don’t want to do, they pay into taxes but never send for a refund, because they can’t, they can’t get welfare because you have to be a citizen, the only thing that is a given is emergency healthcare, because you can’t deny someone healthcare. Since we gave the rich a tax cut, this country can’t afford to lose those free tax dollars. People need to have a heart and understand what type of an environment that they are coming from, if you don’t understand, go live there for a year in their place and see how much you want to come back to the USA!

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  • MisterRelevant
    11/14/2018
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    Sometimes I feel like people on this APP are on that migrant Caravan! This is an invasion! This is America, is there really people that are blind to this?

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  • Conservative4Trump
    11/14/2018
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    These people need stopped. The left has put out a lot of hype and lies about this caravan to cause trouble for President Trump. But these people have proved multiple times on their way here that they are violent and anti-America. We don’t need them or want them.

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  • Sandie
    11/14/2018
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    Stop that mob !!!

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  • ManfromNebraska
    11/14/2018
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    Protect our borders from the invasion! We cannot have people come in unvetted. Send them home. Come legally or don’t come at all.

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  • Robert
    11/14/2018
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    GIVE THEM SANCTUARY & Refuge thru the Holidays if we are a “NATION,UNDER GOD”

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  • Zoë
    11/14/2018
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    Let those who are non-violent seek asylum and keep them together.

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  • Cosmo
    11/14/2018
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    Stop them at the boarder. If not, you will be responsible for injuries. Both parties better get together and take a united front.

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  • ColonelMoose
    11/15/2018
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    Let them form an orderly line at the nearest embassy and apply for asylum. Those who don’t should not be allowed in. Why should we be the only nation with no border security? No to the caravan.

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