President Trump has called out Mexico for allowing migrants passage through their country to eventually settle in the U.S.
On Monday, Trump tweeted, “Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement. Our Country cannot accept what is happening! Also, we must get Wall funding fast.”
According to reports, the first 50 of the 1,500 people from the caravan have arrived at the border and are waiting for asylum.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel.
Central American migrants, moving in a caravan through Mexico, travel to Mazatlan, as part of their new travel route, in Tlaquepaque, in Jalisco state, Mexico April 19, 2018.
Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant “caravan” has dwindled under pressure from Trump and Mexican migration authorities, who vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not.
Some of those migrants began arriving in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Wednesday and have requested asylum in the United States.
“Since yesterday, some began to cross into the United States to turn themselves in from Tijuana and request asylum. We understand more of (the migrants) will do the same,” said Jose Maria Garcia, director of Juventud 2000, an organisation dedicated to assisting migrants.