The so-called ‘caravan’ of migrants seeking asylum in the United States reached Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday, ending the trek that began March 25 near the Guatemalan border. The group of migrants, numbering almost 400, are stalled on the Mexican side of the border as U.S. immigration officials stated that the port of entry had filled to capacity. For the time being, those without documentation will have to wait in Mexico before presenting themselves to be processed.
On the U.S. side of the border, hundreds also gathered in San Diego’s Friendship Park to show their support for the asylum seekers. In addition, about 20 lawyers have also come to offer legal advice as well as help families with their preparations for seeking asylum. The lawyers have prepared cases for 115 to 185, a majority of whom are children.
The Trump administration views the group of migrants as a threat, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling the caravan “a deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system.”
VERDICT: The trek from Central America to the U.S. border has been incredibly dangerous. One female migrant said her and her baby girl went days without food and water during their journey. It is hard to see a justifiable reason to go through such difficulties other to escape dangerous conditions in the migrants’ various home countries.
That said, the journey does not get any easier now that the migrants are at the U.S. border. As noted in previous blog posts, U.S. immigration officials have separated children from their parents while confirming parental relations. Moreover, it is not a guarantee that migrants’ asylum claims will be granted, and it may be more likely they are deported, meaning their travels would be for naught.