Dawn raiders: Dozens of migrants attempt early-morning clamber over Mexico border fence after Trump stepped up patrols and shut down Tijuana crossing to block ‘very bad thugs and terrorists’ reaching US soil
The migrant caravan of Central Americans has been heading to the US by the thousands for three years
Three weeks ago US border patrol and military shut down the border crossing between Mexico and California
Families with small children are still hoping to gain asylum in the US but Trump has called them an ‘invasion’
The death of a Guatemalan girl, 7, in custody of US border agents has raised questions about Trump’s policy
By MIRANDA ALDERSLEYDAILYMAIL.COM
15 December 2018
Dozens of Central Americans are still preparing to scale the border fence from Mexico into the United States, three weeks after the border patrol and US military shut down the crossing between Tijuana in Mexico and San Ysidro in California.
Migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have been heading northward by the tens of thousands for the past three years, with an increasing number of families with small children and unaccompanied children making the trek and hoping to gain asylum inside the United States.
‘We will NOT let these Caravans, which are also made up of some very bad thugs and gang members, into the U.S. Our Border is sacred, must come in legally,’ Trump tweeted as they approached the border.
Photographs from Friday show groups of families some with young children and babies, trying their luck before the sun has risen in the hope of successfully entering the US.
Those that get across face arrest. Children are separated from their families and, along with unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally, are sent off to a web of special camps.
They held there until a family member or sponsor already residing in the United States agrees to take care of them.
The sheer volume of undocumented immigrants – which topped 520,000 in fiscal 2018 – has pushed the number of children in the camps to nearly 15,000 currently.
Officials say on average it takes 60 days to resettle them.
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