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