Migrant caravan members who reached a US border crossing near San Diego were met with an icy reception in Tijuana this weekend, and the group is waking up Monday with the realization they could be stuck on that unwelcoming side of the fence for months if they try to enter America the legal way.
There are more than 2,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana and Mexican officials warn the number could swell to over 10,000 as more of the caravan arrives.
Some echoed President Donald Trump's rhetoric, calling the Central Americans criminals and the caravan an "invasion".
The active-duty troops are now serving in Texas, Arizona and California as part of a mission to provide engineering, logistical and transportation support to CBP. The civil defense department of Jalisco state, where migrants pass on their way to Tijuana, said it would no longer provide shelters for migrants, citing problems with fights among migrants at a shelter last week.
Some from the caravan have diverted to other border cities, such as Mexicali, a few hours to the east of Tijuana.
About 3,000 migrants from the various Central American caravans are already in Tijuana and thousands more are expected throughout the week.
The intelligence gathering techniques are combined with reports from DHS personnel working in Mexico with the government there in an effort to keep tabs on the caravan's size, movements and any potential security threats. She added that caravan migrants had assaulted "border police in multiple countries", even using "incendiary devices", though she provided no evidence.
All northbound lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry were closed early on November 19, blocking traffic into the United States from Mexico, but some lanes reopened around 7:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, 22 percent of Americans said they did not believe there were terrorists traveling with the caravan, while 28 percent said that such a claim "is less likely to be true", the study, which saw 802 adults in the USA surveyed over the telephone between November 9 and November 12, found.
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Rivera said 1,800 Hondurans have returned to their country since the caravan first set out on October 13, and that he hopes more will make that decision.
His ruling came in a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups.
Around 110,000 people enter the USA daily through the crossing. He fears the USA won't grant him asylum, and that he'll get deported if he tries to cross into the country without authorization.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has made a point of saying the city is not happy with the migrants who began arriving last week, and he compared the Central American group unfavorably with about 3,000 Haitians who ended up staying after their bid to reach the US failed previous year.
On Monday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted out photos of CPB officers in riot gear as well as the barbed wire and barriers citing the reports about plans to "rush" the border.
And many claim the migrants' arrival is nothing short of an "invasion", noting the way they say the caravan forced its way into Mexico.
At least that's what the mayor's Trump-like gorra de beisbol says.
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