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Central American immigrants arrive at US border

2018-11-18 16:35
More than 2,600 Central American migrants who crossed Mexico in a caravan were in the border city of Tijuana on Saturday. The vast majority camped at a sports complex, sleeping on the dirt baseball field and under bleachers. Two buses arrived late on Friday but authorities were expecting more over the course of the weekend. Hundreds of migrants queued for hours seeking a number to start their asylum claim, but US border inspectors were processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego. Tijuana opened the complex after other shelters were filled to capacity. Church groups provided portable showers, bathrooms and sinks and gave out coffee and donuts. But many of the migrants said they have not felt welcome in this border city. The US military has deployed 5,800 active-duty troops to the US-Mexico border. So far, more are not expected, despite President Donald Trump's initial assessment that 10,000 to 15,000 were needed to secure the border against what he has called an "invasion" of migrants. Most in the caravan of several thousand are families, including hundreds of children.