‘Thousands of people who are most likely not eligible for asylum’…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The caravan of migrants traveling from Central America to the U.S. border has more than doubled in size, according to senior administration officials.
There are now as many as 10,000 migrants hoping to enter the country.
Officials reported that between 8,500 and 10,500 people are leaving El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to march toward the U.S.’s border with Mexico.
About 6,000 have already made it to Tijuana, a city that sits right by San Diego, Calif.
“Most of those are part of the caravan or some of those who are groups or individuals appeared prior to the caravan,” a Department of Homeland Security official told reporters in a phone briefing Monday afternoon, according to the Washington Examiner.
Members of the last caravan also reached Tijuana, attempting to gain access to the country by applying for asylum at the ports of entry.
Some illegally entered by hopping the Imperial Beach fence and were later apprehended.
Ninety percent of the asylum seekers did not meet the criteria to receive asylum, an official said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection urged asylum seekers to gain entry the lawful way, telling the immigrants that if they attempt to hop the border, they could be separated from their family members.
Still, border patrol officers are struggling to fend off the surge of people seeking asylum.
The Department of Homeland Security told reporters that the highest-traffic port on the border can only hold 300 people at a time and that it can’t process thousands of people at the same time.
And many of these migrants, an official said, are “teenage adult males, not families and children.
There are “thousands of people who are most likely not eligible for asylum,” the official said.
“Many if not most are simple economic migrants seeking to be reunited with families, ineligible for asylum,” the official said.