TIJUANA, Mexico — As almost 200 Central American migrants approached the U.S. border crossing here Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the crossing was full before the caravan of migrants began seeking asylum.
The migrants are part of a caravan that has drawn the attention, and ire, of President Donald Trump. The president has said the group’s plan to ask for asylum is evidence that there is a crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico.
Sunday, just before 10 a.m., migrants from the caravan made their way by bus to Friendship Park at the border with the U.S. They were greeted by supporters standing on the beach on the other side of a 20-foot fence that marks the border where it meets the Pacific Ocean.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Sunday evening, “Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, those individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities.” Their march to the border brings to the end a nearly monthlong trip from Central America and across Mexico.
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