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Central American migrants from 'caravan' have entered US

Central American migrants from 'caravan' have entered US

The Justice Department is sending a battalion of federal prosecutors and immigration judges to the Southwest border to deal with a backlog of cases made worse by the so-called "caravan" of Central Americans that arrived at the USA border days ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday.

More than 100 members of the caravan, most from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, have been camped in the square near the entrance of the San Ysidro pedestrian bridge from Mexico to the United States, waiting for their turn to enter the checkpoint.

The caravan is a tradition dating back to 2010 and is created to draw attention to the plight of destitute Central Americans crossing through Mexico in a bid to reach the United States and the promise of a better life.

Other migrants wandered among boxes of cereal and diapers in a labyrinth of giant tents, near-luxury conditions for the bedraggled migrants, compared to the scarcity they had endured for weeks on their journey through Mexico to the USA border.

Roughly 60 more migrants are still waiting in Mexico, hoping to make it into the U.S.to seek asylum, Reuters reported.

The migrants fleeing violence in Central America number approximately 300 and have gathered at the world's busiest border crossing, which handles almost 100,000 entries a day.

"I am fleeing because they were going to kill one of my sons", Ana Suazo, a 38-year-old Honduran who was traveling with three children, told AFP.

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Half of the Central Americans from the so-called "immigrant caravan" have been allowed to apply for asylum in the United States, according to lawyers on the scene. Customs and Border Protection in San Ysidro, according to media reports from Tijuana.

Scores of men, women and children, fleeing from their violence-wracked home countries, arrived at USA border crossings late last week looking to enter the United States by seeking asylum.

The Justice Department has announced it is adding prosecutors and judges to deal with a backlog of immigration cases along the southwestern U.S. -Mexico border.

Despite strong language from Trump, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen, and even Vice President Mike Pence this week in regards to the caravan, the route allowing foreign nationals with the caravan to be released into the U.S.is still open with no legislative agenda in sight that would end Catch and Release.

Cowie, a Unitarian Universalist minister in Harvard, said she was inspired by the migrants' plight and volunteered five days ago to sponsor an asylum-seeker.

Sessions said that an additional 35 assistant USA attorneys and 18 immigration judges to the crossing.

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