Migrant Caravan Greeted by U.S. Supporters at Border

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The migrant caravan is crossing in public as other caravans have been doing for years, mocking unenforceable U.S. laws.

It’s becoming clear that Donald Trump tweeted about the migrant caravan not because it was a special offense but to get the media to admit that this kind of public law breaking has been going on for years. They will turn themselves into CBP, get a hearing date, and disappear into the country.

The story says they’re escaping violence. But none of them are going to admit if they are members of those gangs importing violence into this country.

The most important statement in the story is that “Caravans like these are a common method.”

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NBC San Diego reports, “Supporters Climb Border Fence as Migrant Caravan Prepares to Cross Into U.S. to Seek Asylum.

About 300 Central Americans, part of a caravan of asylum seekers that traveled through Mexico to the border with San Diego, left a cross-border rally Sunday afternoon, prepared to turn themselves in to U.S. authorities.

Before they could cross the border, however, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said they were at capacity for people without appropriate entry documentation.

“Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, those individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities,” CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, said. “As sufficient space and resources become available, CBP officers will be able to take additional individuals into the port for processing. CBP will communicate with Mexican authorities for operational awareness on this issue of capacity within CBP facilities as appropriate.”

The migrants, who traveled in five old school buses, planned to eat lunch Sunday before making a roughly 15-minute walk to San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing, the nation’s busiest. Many are fleeing violence in their home countries and will ask the U.S. for asylum.

They reached the border last Tuesday and have been sleeping in tents and attending legal seminars given by volunteer attorneys.

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On the U.S. side of the border, dozens of people marched to Border Field State Park to greet the families.

Claudia Treminio came to the United States when she was 12 to escape the violence in El Salvador.

“I connect with them in that way, the way that I’ve gone through that journey that they embarked on,” she said. “I’m happy to see that they are here. They’re safe, I’m also saddened to see them on the other side and still see them fighting for their dreams.”

Several Border Patrol agents were at the park to keep an eye on the crowd.

Caravans like these are a common method to bring attention to asylum seekers. This one has garnered more attention because Trump used the caravan as a justification for the border wall.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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