Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Migrant caravan: Hundreds reach Tijuana on US border

Migrant caravan: Hundreds reach Tijuana on US border

Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic from Tijuana into San Diego beginning Tuesday morning for what the agency called the "potential safety and security risk" posed by a caravan of Central American migrants.

Various U.S. and Mexican LGBTQ organizations allegedly helped fund their trip to the border by bus, allowing them to get ahead of the rest of the group.

It will be Mattis' first visit to the border since the military announced that over 7,000 US troops would go to or near the border with Mexico as a caravan of Central American migrants slowly heads to the United States.

"CBP has been and will continue to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading toward the border of the United States", CBP's field operations director in San Diego, Pete Flores, said in a statement.

Undeterred by a harder U.S. stance against them, the migrants have said they will continue the journey so that they can claim asylum. 'These preparations include training exercises, deploying additional CBP personnel, and partnering with the US military to harden our ports of entry and the border area between those legal crossings into the U.S'.

Hundreds of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico to seek asylum in the United States have reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

Customs and Border Protection officials recommended that motorists crossing from Tijuana into San Diego "anticipate increased wait times because of the lanes closures". They are largely reinforcing existing border fencing with concertina wire. "These preparations include training exercises, deploying additional CBP personnel, and partnering with the USA military to harden our ports of entry and the border area between those legal crossings into the U.S". Another two, smaller groups also were en route north through Mexico.

A caravan consisting of several thousand migrants from Central American countries has recently resumed movement towards the U.S. border after a brief stop in the Mexican capital.

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