Caravan forces short-term shutdown on USA border as DHS boosts security

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The port of entry in San Ysidro, California, was briefly closed early Monday after immigration authorities said they had received reports that members of a migrant "caravan" were gathering in Tijuana and planning to "rush" the border.

There are more than 2,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana and Mexican officials warn the number could swell to over 10,000 as more of the caravan arrives. An informal list shows more than 3,000 people are waiting in Tijuana to request asylum in the USA, and thousands more are on their way to the city.

Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S were weighing their options Tuesday after a California court blocked President Donald Trump's asylum ban for illegal border crossers.

Less than an hour before Nielsen's arrival a man tried to swim into the USA but was quickly detained by border patrol agents.

Some demonstrators clashed with police as they protested outside of a migrant shelter Sunday. The majority in the Central American caravan have refused Mexico's repeated offers of residency or asylum, and vowed to cross the border. He expects the migrant numbers in Tijuana to reach 3,400 over the weekend, with another 1,200 migrants having made it to Mexicali, another border city a few hours to the east of Tijuana.

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U.S. Army Lt. General Jeffrey Buchanan, center, looks on during a tour of the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, Nov. 9, 2018.

Juana Rodriguez, a housewife, said the government needs to conduct background checks on the migrants to make sure they don't have criminal records.

His ruling came in a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups. There is a legal and illegal way to enter the US.

Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are also challenging the policy, with their human rights ombudsmen filing a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights over the policy, arguing their citizens should be allowed to flee their countries to find refuge in the U.S. Calling it an "invasion", Mexican protesters declared, "No more Caravans", and "Let's save Tijuana, no more caravans!"

"Isn't it ironic that large Caravans of people are marching to our border wanting United States of America asylum because they are fearful of being in their country - yet they are proudly waving. their country's flag".

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Tijuanans have had enough of the migrants who have occupied their city and are telling them, loud and clear, to go back home.

They were sent to "harden" the border, adding razor wire and barriers to places that needed a quick plus-up, Homeland Security officials said. But we're - really are seeing tensions in the city between people who are here to support the caravan and people who want them to leave.

"Asylum seekers are registering their names in a tattered notebook managed by migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the first members of the leading caravan started arriving last week", Fox reports.

Protesters say they're anxious that this new wave of asylum seekers will overwhelm a city that has already dealt with its share of refugees from previous migrant caravans and from Haitians fleeing the devastation of the 2016 quake. Trump said that up to 15,000 could be deployed.

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