Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Migrant caravan arrives at US-Mexico border in defiance of Donald Trump

Migrant caravan arrives at US-Mexico border in defiance of Donald Trump

People on the Mexican side of the border could be seen climbing the fence south of San Diego on Tuesday afternoon after part of the Central American migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana.

Video of the incident was first captured by Televisa Tijuana Oficial and FRONTERA, as reported by Breitbart's Border and Cartel team.

The U.S. government said it was starting work Tuesday to "harden" the border crossing from Tijuana ahead of the caravans. "Those include a number of violent criminals - examples include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual assault on a child, and assault on a female".

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said he would go to the US-Mexico border on Wednesday, his first visit since thousands of troops were deployed.

For years, thousands of mainly Central American immigrants have embarked on long journeys through Central America and Mexico to reach the United States.

He said that he meant to wait for thousands more in the caravan to arrive and that he hoped to jump the f ence in a large group at the same time, overwhelming Border Patrol agents.

People walked, hitchhiked, and took a bus, and the LGBTQ migrants faced harassment from other travelers.

Three northbound lanes will be closed at San Ysidro and another lane at Otay Mesa will also be closed to install "port hardening infrastructure equipment", the agency said in a statement.

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The buses dropped them off in the town of Navojoa, in the northern state of Sonora, then returned to pick up a second group of 2,000 migrants who had stayed behind. "If they arrive at a Port of Entry, they will have to wait in line in keeping with the lawful processes at our ports of entry".

The groups in Tijuana awaiting asylum include hundreds of members from the migrant caravan that departed in October from Honduras with the ultimate goal of reaching the US border.

"We will soon be finally able to conduct oversight of this gross abuse and the President's many failed border security policies", said Thompson, who is expected to lead the committee when the Democrats take control of the House.

Amnesty International said the discrimination highlighted the broader difficulties faced by LGBT asylum seekers as they cross Mexico, including increased violence and abuse from local authorities.

"We call on the governments of the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Sinaloa and the civil society to solve this serious problem in order not to leave drift and insecurity to vulnerable families who trusted the word of the state of Jalisco", the group wrote on Facebook.

Donald Trump's decision to send United States troops to the Mexico border came ahead of USA midterm congressional elections last week, and critics dismissed the move as a political stunt to drive Republican voters to the polls.

San Ysidro is the border's busiest crossing, with about 110,000 people entering the US every day.

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