Splintered migrant caravan groups arrive at U.S. border

Frederick Owens
November 14, 2018

Central American migrants give a thumbs up to motorists who wave to them, as they begin their morning trek to reach the US border as they leave Cordoba, Mexico, Nov. 5, 2018.

The caravans became a campaign issue in the U.S. mid-term elections that took place in last week, with Mr Trump warning without evidence they were full of "gang members", "hardened criminals" and even Middle Eastern "terrorists".

"We'll have to see, we'll have to see what the future holds...the first thing that we brief is what is the threat against the border - people who try to violate the border", said the defense secretary to a reporter.

The first wave of migrants from the Central American "caravan" arrived at the US-Mexico border in Tijuana Tuesday; attempting to cross the worldwide fence but retreating after Border Patrol Agents approached.

The group in Tijuana included Hondurans, Guatemalans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans, including transgender men and women, and also several children.

Amnesty International said the discrimination highlighted the broader difficulties faced by LGBT asylum seekers as they cross Mexico, including increased violence and abuse from local authorities.

Video from the San Diego Union-Tribune shows the perspective from the Mexico side of the fence.

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Mejia went on to describe how pro-LGBT groups "organizations began to help us".

A group of LGBTQ migrants who split off from the main migrant caravan because of discrimination are the first to arrive in Tijuana, weeks ahead of the others.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that it would close lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings from Tijuana into California to allow the Department of Defence to install barbed wire and position barricades and fencing.

" 'CBP has been and will continue to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States, ' said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations in San Diego".

They picked up many people along the way and quickly grew into the thousands, prompting commentary from President Trump who said it was an "invasion".

"We are waiting for our representative", the unidentified migrant said.

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