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Half Of 'Caravan' Asylum Seekers In US, Sessions Puts Judges On Border

Half Of 'Caravan' Asylum Seekers In US, Sessions Puts Judges On Border”

Only a small fraction of them, however, have been processed and let into the United States so far, in large part because the federal facilities that would house the immigrants seeking asylum had "reached capacity", according to USA officials.

A total of 145 Central American migrants who traveled as part of a "caravan" from their home countries through Mexico have so far entered the United States to seek asylum, officials said.

Women, children and transgender people were among those who waited for hours inside the walkway to the US gate before being allowed to pass through to begin the asylum process.

President Donald Trump has tweeted that these migrants shouldn't be allowed into the country.

More than 75% of applicants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador between 2011 and 2016 were rejected, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

"We're sending a message worldwide: Don't come illegally", he said. "It gives me hope that we are still a conscientious country that cares about people who are fleeing violence and persecution". Though it is an annual event, this year's march received outsize attention thanks to reports from USA media describing the ways in which Mexican authorities were helping the migrants reach the border.

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These people understand our laws and know that if one chooses to seek asylum to enter the United States, our immigration officials have the legal obligation to let them in to process.

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.

"The caravan members that are camped out at the border are trying to access a legal process which has existed for decades".

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.

Additionally, Sessions has assigned a number of current supervisory immigration judges to "adjudicate cases in immigration courts near the southwest border" with the judges hearing "cases in-person and use video teleconferencing (VTC) to handle cases at immigration courts and represent a roughly 50 percent increase in the current number of immigration judges".



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