Central American migrant caravan aims to cross U.S. border at weekend

Central American migrant caravan aims to cross U.S. border at weekend

Central American migrant caravan aims to cross U.S. border at weekend

Most Central American migrants seeking asylum in the US cite the threat of gang violence in their homelands.

US President Donald Trump has called the immigrant caravan a sign of weak US law on migration and said it should be stopped in Mexico.

"Both U.S. law and a United Nations treaty on the rights of refugees require that asylum-seekers get a fair hearing", Guerrero notes.

The U.S. Department of Justice has directed U.S. attorneys to "take immediate action" to send judges and prosecutors to the border to adjudicate cases quickly.

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Trump cited the caravan as justification for the border wall he wants to build, even though the asylum-seekers plan to turn themselves in to border inspectors and are legally entitled to seek protection. Asylum seekers must have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular "social group", a broad category that has included domestic violence victims and others. They are expected to start trying to enter the US on Sunday. Asylum seekers are screened and have their backgrounds checked and, depending on how they entered the country, may be detained pending a hearing.

The caravan incurred the wrath of President Trump, who said it was a disgrace the group could proceed with their journey undeterred - even as it was getting global media exposure.

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The U.S. offers asylum to those with a "well-founded fear of persecution" in their home country, on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a certain social group. While waiting for a decision, the applicant may be held in detention for a period of six months and in some cases, for years. At its peak, the caravan had 1,500 people.

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Sanders said the ruling would encourage immigrants to come to the United States border. The migrants arrived by bus on Tuesday at a shelterthat was a five minute-walk from the border, Reuters reported, and within sight of a usa flag fluttering under an overpass linking the two countries.

Central Americans fleeing violence have found it hard to receive asylum based on gang violence waiting for them at home, as NPR's Eyder Peralta reported in 2016. The caravan is an annual event, but this year's gathering has received unusual attention because of sharp criticism from President Trump. "Smugglers and traffickers and those who lie or commit fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", he continued.

Nielsen has urged Congress to work with the Trump administration to pass legislation that would protect the borders and stop criminals from taking advantage of immigration laws. But Trump has made the issue a top and contentious priority, framing it as a dire security concern and using language far more volatile than his predecessors.

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