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Frustrated Migrants Breach US-Mexico Border

07 December, 2018, 11:43 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Migrant caravan relocated to new shelter farther from the border

A Honduran woman who traveled with a migrant caravan from her home country to the US border successfully entered the country illegally and gave birth to her child on USA soil, according to KNSD-TV.

Karen Mayeni, a 29-year-old Honduran mother with three children aged between 6 and 12, told Reuters that she was standing by and watching others penetrating the border and "waiting to see what happens".

Moments before flattening herself under the fence, she said she was slipping through to the U.S.in an attempt to "give a better life" to her daughter Charlot.

The border crossing - which Tijuana residents use to reach jobs and shopping on the US side and USA tourists use to head south - was closed briefly last weekend after some migrants tried to rush across.

Scores of pregnant women travelled with the caravan through Mexico before reaching the USA border. Once across, entire families raised their hands before border patrol agents who arrived swiftly in white trucks.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Wednesday a group of 55 Central Americans waded across the Colorado River near Yuma and surrendered to agents after walking around vehicle barriers in the area.

It's unclear where the families were taken from there.

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Univision reported that the family is seeking asylum and hoped to join family in Columbus, Ohio, while their cases are pending.

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at the migrants, calling them an "invasion", which he said threatened to "overrun" the US.

Last week the mayor sent a deputy to Mexico City to petition the United Nations Human Rights Ombudsman and High Commissioner for Refugees to assist the migrants. "When people choose to ignore that process, they put themselves in danger and, in the case of families, they choose to put the lives of their children at risk".

U.S. Border Patrol agents watch unauthorized migrants cross into San Ysidro, Calif., on Sunday.

Thousands of migrants, mostly Hondurans, have joined caravans in recent weeks in an effort to speed across Mexico to request refuge at the US border.

Frustrated with the long wait to apply, with the USA processing 100 requests at most each day, some migrants are trying to cross over clandestinely.

Some of the people seek economic opportunity but many tell of death threats. "It's a huge challenge that we need to work with Congress to address.We've got criminal organizations profiting off of vulnerable families, charging $5000-$7000 per person".

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