Mexican federal authorities at the ports of entry in Tijuana are now allowing migrants from the Central American caravan into the U.S. so they can begin asylum requests.
This week, at the Chaparral Port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexican immigration officials announced 90 Central American caravan migrants would be allowed to advance to ask for asylum, journalist Rebecca Plevin reported. Twenty-five asylum seekers were allowed on Monday and 60 more on Tuesday.
At El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, Mexican immigration officials say 90 people will be allowed to make asylum claims today. People cheer; some 25 were allowed Monday, around 60 yesterday, we hear.
Meanwhile, 370 more members of migrant caravan arrived in TJ this morning. pic.twitter.com/gvU10cB0Fl
— Rebecca Plevin (@rebeccaplevin) November 14, 2018
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 U.S. border. It remains unclear if the migrants will be detained while their asylum claim is processed, or if they will be released due to lack of space in detention facilities.
While the caravan was not expected to reach the U.S. border for weeks, hundreds of members were shuttled in buses with federal police escorts along various parts of the journey from Mexico City to Tijuana. The group decided to aim for the west coast rather than traverse more dangerous regions controlled by drug cartels known for being ruthless to migrants. While Tijuana is currently seeing record-setting murders tied to cartel violence, the local organizations do not typically target migrants for violent extortion schemes.