After a month of traveling across Mexico, hundreds of people, majority from Honduras, massed in Tijuana and began to present themselves to USA border officials, reciting the script they've been coached to deliver to clear the first hurdles toward asylum.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump tweeted that the caravan "better be stopped before it gets there" to the border. He has used it as justification to deploy National Guard troops, and his comments about it have further strained U.S. relations with Mexico. It can hold about 300 people at a time, and officials had been warning that it might fill up.
They said the refugees' applications for asylum would be considered in the coming days.
With people rallying on both sides of the U.S. -Mexico border to support a caravan of Central American asylum seekers, one of those planning to turn herself in to U.S. authorities says she feels hopeful. President Donald Trump has used this year's caravan to portray the United States as overrun by immigrants in order to whip up xenophobic sentiments and escalate his assault on immigrant workers. "I fear that they will separate me from them", she said. We want to make very clear to the folks who are in the caravan and those across the country that Trump's voice is not the only voice in this country. "I think we can wait a couple more".
Migrants have scaled the United States border wall after being told they won't be allowed in. About 50 supporters watched on the USA side, where they were held about 20 yards away. Administration officials and their allies claim asylum fraud is growing and that many who seek it are coached on how to do so.
Organizers of the caravan expressed surprise that border inspectors were not ready to receive the group. "The failure to prepare and failure to get sufficient agents and resources is not the fault of the most vulnerable among us". We can build a base in Iraq in under a week.
But US officials warned that there wasn't enough room to process a large group at San Ysidro and that many, if not all, could be turned back. "I don't believe it".
The caravan started out with more than 1,000 people but the numbers have dwindled as the group made its way north by foot, bus and train.
The remaining 400 or so members of the caravan now face hard choices: whether to cross illegally into the United States, ask for asylum at the border or try to remain in Mexico.More news: Anthony Davis says Pelicans know they can beat Warriors
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the so-called caravan was "a deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system".
Organisers of the caravan of migrants say almost 200 of them, many with children, have made a decision to turn themselves in to USA authorities to gain entry to detention centres in the Californian city. Those without strong asylum cases have been advised to remain in Mexico.
Hernandez, 24, said a gang in his hometown of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, threatened to kill him and his family if he did not sell drugs. He said his wife and their daughter have been released from custody while their asylum claim is under review and are staying with family in SC.
Jose Cazares, 31, said he faced death threats in the Honduran city of Yoro because a gang member suspected of killing the mother of his children learned one of his sons reported the crime to police.
As the boisterous gathering at the border fence in Playas de Tijuana grew to hundreds, some waved Honduran flags, called out chants and waved bouquets of yellow flowers.
"I ask God and the government to give me asylum", she said.
In a statement last week, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said in a statement last week that the department has been "closely monitoring" the remnants of the caravan. Migrants who pass the initial "credible fear" screening often get assigned a date in immigration court and then are released after a few days in custody. She hoped to move in with a sister in San Francisco.
"Victims include a landscaper snatched in a Home Depot parking lot in Rialto and held for days despite his son's attempts to show agents the man's United States passport; a NY resident locked up for more than three years fighting deportation efforts after a federal agent mistook his father for someone who wasn't a USA citizen; and a Rhode Island housekeeper mistakenly targeted twice, resulting in her spending a night in prison the second time even though her husband had brought her U.S. passport to a court hearing".