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Central American migrants continue gathering in Tijuana, seeking asylum in U.S.

2018-11-20 22:29
Hundreds of Central American migrants trekked from Mexicali to Tijuana on Tuesday (November 20) to join the larger caravan where they are gathered as they wait for a chance to seek asylum. The migrants started their march to Tijuana at sunrise, some of them with young children. On Monday, a U.S. judge temporarily blocked an order by President Donald Trump that barred asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico, the latest courtroom defeat for Trump on immigration policy. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar's order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide, and lasts until at least Dec. 19 when the judge scheduled a hearing to consider a more long-lasting injunction. About 6,000 Central Americans have reached the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, according to local officials. More bands of migrants are making their way toward Tijuana, with around 10,000 expected. Caravan participants began to arrive last week in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, which has put a strain on shelters where many will wait to seek asylum. Their presence has also strained Tijuana's reputation as a welcoming city, with some residents screaming at the migrants, "Get out!" Trump sent more than 5,000 soldiers to the 2,000-mile (3,100 km) frontier with Mexico to harden the border, although critics dismissed the move as a political stunt ahead of congressional elections on Nov. 6. The caravan started last month with participants moving from Honduras through Mexico toward the United States. Other bands of mostly Salvadorans followed, with a small group setting off on Sunday from San Salvador.