Fam­i­lies in il­le­gal bor­der for­ays

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion have re­ported a “slight uptick” in fam­i­lies en­ter­ing Amer­ica il­le­gally and im­me­di­ately turn­ing them­selves in to agents since the car­a­van of cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants ar­rived in Ti­juana.

Thou­sands of mi­grants on the Mex­i­can side of the bor­der are liv­ing in tent cities after mak­ing their way to the makeshift camp on foot and hitch­ing rides with the goal of ap­ply­ing for asy­lum in the US.

Many of the mi­grants have come from Hon­duras as well as El Sal­vador and Gu­atemala. With the US now pro­cess­ing 100 re­quests for asy­lum a day, some mi­grants are now try­ing to cross the bor­der on their own.

Many of the il­le­gal bor­der cross­ings are made by fam­i­lies, who are of­ten seen rais­ing their hands as soon as they en­ter the US.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is­sued a procla­ma­tion in Novem­ber sus­pend­ing asy­lum rights for peo­ple who try to cross into the US il­le­gally.

US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion spokesman Ralph DeSio said the US was try­ing to de­ter il­le­gal cross­ings by the procla­ma­tion and the coun­try had an es­tab­lished process for those seek­ing asy­lum

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

DES­PER­ATE: Hon­duran im­mi­grant An­drea Ni­cole, 10, goes un­der the US-Mex­ico bor­der fence from Ti­juana.

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