Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach US border

Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach US border

Also Saturday, in one of his first acts in office, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an agreement with his counterparts from three Central American countries to establish a development plan to stem the flow of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.

In less than an hour, Reuters reporters observed roughly two dozen people climb the approximately 10-foot (3-meter) fence made of thick sheets and pillars of metal.

In October there was an attempted fence breach at the Mexico-Guatemala border, as thousands of migrants tried to head north, reported the Associated Press.

Some used a blanket as a rope to help loved ones get over.

Mexican officials are shutting down a migrant shelter in Tijuana, and moving members of the caravan further away from the border.

"They were brought to the border by a group that told them they would be able to cross easily into the U.S.to present asylum claims, and that's not the case".

The sight of them climbing the fence encouraged others, even as a helicopter patrolled overhead on the U.S. side.

Children who crossed the border illegally into San Ysidro, Calif., wait under detention from U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday.

Members of the Central American migrant caravan sit next to the border wall in Tijuana Mexico 05 December 2018

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".

Ninety minutes later, she and her family were over the fence.

The AP has said it compiled its data from information from global groups, forensic records, death records, missing persons' reports and data examination from thousands of interviews with asylum seekers. They hope to still get asylum in the USA, due to to a court challenge to President Donald Trump's new policy.

Applying for asylum at a border post can take months and with U.S. officials restricting the number of applicants to between 40 and 100 a day at El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, the migrants could be stuck for months or even years in the shelter.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon extended the deployment of troops along the border through the end of January 2019.

Those that made it across the fence in Tijuana still had to scramble up a hill and contend with a more forbidding wall to reach California.

One of the children "suffered a facial injury" and was treated on the scene.

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