Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Mother and daughter crawl under the border wall - get detained

Mother and daughter crawl under the border wall - get detained

"A significant number of people tried to illegally cross the border and many of them were detained in the United States".

But about 90 minutes later, she and her children were seen on the USA side of the border, according to the report.

"It's very disappointing because everything is normal in Tijuana, and it's a very isolated area where the migrants are", he said.

Homeland Security said the section of wall the children were dropped from is a legacy fence already slated for replacement.

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 3 (UPI) - Thousands of migrants from the Central American caravan in Tijuana, Mexico, have put their names on a waitlist for a preliminary political asylum interview with USA authorities - a wait that could be many months.

By Saturday afternoon, most of the thousands of migrants who had been camped out at the sports complex had agreed to move to the new, more distant shelter.

The incident is the latest in a growing list of chaotic happenings on the border in recent weeks, with the arrival of the migrant caravan in Baja California.

Members of the Central American migrant caravan sit next to the border wall in Tijuana Mexico 05 December 2018
Migrant caravan relocated to new shelter farther from the border

Applying for asylum at a border post can take months and with U.S. officials restricting the number of applicants to between 40 and 100 a day at El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, the migrants could be stuck for months or even years in the shelter.

The border crossing - which Tijuana residents use to reach jobs and shopping on the USA side and US tourists use to head south - was closed briefly last weekend after some migrants tried to rush across.

People mainly from Honduras but also from El Salvador and Guatemala formed the caravan to Tijuana, seeking safety in numbers while crossing Mexico to avoid criminals and the fees demanded by the gangs that prey on migrants. Mexican authorities arrested and deported those they considered responsible for compromising the city's commitment to public order.

There are some 5,600 migrants at the Albergue Benito Juarez shelter in Tijuana, according to the local municipal police. Dozens of migrants interviewed by The Associated Press have said they are fleeing poverty and violence back home. The withdrawal of the city's authorities comes at the behest of Tijuana's mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelúm, who has repeatedly said he will protect Tijuana from disruptions from the caravan.

The near-4,000-person estimate for those who have died or gone missing counts 1,573 more people than previous estimates calculated by the United Nations.

The desperation of many drives them to take a perilous journey.

Some migrants, however, were reluctant to head to their new facility.

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