People Seeking Asylum In US From Central America Arrive In Tijuana

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A caravan of hundreds of Central-American asylum seekers that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans hold on to Arizona House seat Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Mulvaney to bankers: Campaign donations will help limit consumer bureau's power MORE has fixated on in recent weeks arrived at the U.S. -Mexico border this week.

"Pockets of the original, so-called 'migrant caravan, ' which press reports indicate consists mostly of Honduran nationals, have begun to arrive at our southern border with the intent of claiming asylum".

The caravan was stalled in southern Mexico earlier this month, and many participants chose to seek asylum in Mexico instead of continuing.

Jeimy Pastora Castro is part of the caravan President Donald Trump's administration has accused of plotting to enter the US illegally.

The first groups of migrants plan to try to enter the USA on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

The migrants are part of a caravan that crossed into Mexico and have reunited at the border town, according to Reuters.

Trump said in a tweet Monday that he had instructed Homeland Security to turn them away.

She also said that she was prepared for the possibility that protesters rallying against the arrival of asylum seekers could also show up at the border on Sunday. Castro, who is from Honduras, was holding her 2-year-old daughter.

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"I didn't come here to cross illegally". Some are also from El Salvador, which like Honduras has one of the world's highest murder rates.

The U.S. offers asylum to those with a "well-founded fear of persecution" in their home country, on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a certain social group.

She plans to give the Central Americans advice for their asylum cases before many of them cross on Sunday.

"For those seeking asylum, all individuals may be detained while their claims are adjudicated efficiently and expeditiously, and those found not to have a claim will be promptly removed from the United States", Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen says.

"It's important to address the root causes of migration and the repressive regimes funded and propped up by the US Government that cause people to leave", event organizers said in Facebook post. Immigration attorney Michelle Stavros said only about 50 percent of asylum applicants are approved.

As NPR's John Burnett reported past year, would-be asylum-seekers at the Southern border have described being turned away or threatened with deportation or told by officials that there is no such thing as asylum. Asylum seekers must have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular "social group", a broad category that has included domestic violence victims and others.

Rocketto said a "huge reason" for why volunteers from her campaign want to be at the US border for when asylum seekers arrive is to "make sure the refugee caravan is protected".