U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the San Diego sector has experienced a "slight uptick" in families entering the U.S. illegally and turning themselves in to agents since the caravan of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana two weeks ago.
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About 800 migrants from Central American states have been detained while attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexican border, head of the Mexican National Migration Institute Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez said.
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The move came a week after hundreds of migrants rushed the U.S. border, prompting U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol officers to fire tear gas and smoke grenades at the crowd, which included many women and children.
Scores of pregnant women travelled with the caravan through Mexico before reaching the US border.
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It's unclear where the families were taken from there. The illegal aliens are trying to sneak in, news reports say, hoping they can apply for asylum once they cross the border. Since October, the caravan-which began its journey in the so-called Northern Triangle comprised of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador-has been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump, who has called the immigrants "invaders" and "criminals".
Last week the mayor sent a deputy to Mexico City to petition the United Nations Human Rights Ombudsman and High Commissioner for Refugees to assist the migrants.
"In those six hours that the border was closed, we lost approximately 129 million pesos", said Gastélum, referring to the recent closure after migrants pelted Border Patrol agents with rocks before they were turned back. "Eighty-five percent of those crossing illegally between ports of entry and all lured by the fact that our legal framework has huge gaps that create the opportunity to stay in the USA while awaiting a court hearing even if they don't a lawful permission or protection claim", Commissioner McAleenan said according to Ms. Pavlich's report.
Thousands of migrants, mostly Hondurans, have joined caravans in recent weeks in an effort to speed across Mexico to request refuge at the USA border. USA officials said agents had been wounded or hit by migrants throwing stones.
"I'm not like that", he said.