The United States warned today that its ports of entry to the country on the southern border "are full" and the members of the caravans must "wait in Mexico" to request asylum in those points, the only way the White House has given the migrants to reduce their chances of being deported.
After the arrival of more than 1,000 undocumented people in the border town of Tijuana (Mexico), a spokesman for the US Customs and Border Protection Office. (CBP, for its acronym in English) recalled that right now is not allowed to enter the immigrants who show up at the legal ports of entry and apply for asylum there.
"The ports of entry are full of capacity, people who come to present their asylum claim will have to wait in Mexico for us to have space and space in those ports of entry, they will have to be patient," said the spokesperson. of the CBP, Carlos Díaz, in a telephone press conference.
The message coincides with the one sent today by the authorities of the Mexican state where Tijuana, Baja California is located, which warned that before this caravan arrived there were already 4,000 people waiting to pass through the port of entry, which predicts a wait for "four months minimum" to those who arrive now.
Several migrant advocacy organizations have been reporting for months that undocumented immigrants arriving at entry points are asked to return later, and suspect that the policy is due to a desire to delay or contain illegal immigration rather than to a capacity problem, as CBP argues.
US President Donald Trump issued an order last week that, at least for the next 90 days, only those who enter authorized access points and not those who cross the border irregularly, will be able to request asylum. options for the members of the caravans.
"We are allowing people their asylum claim, the problem is that the ports of entry are not designed for that number of people," Diaz insisted today.
However, CBP is taking measures that, in practice, further lengthen the waiting time for migrants: on Tuesday, it closed three lanes at the ports of entry of San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, in California, as a "preparation" measure. "before the arrival of caravans, according to a recent statement.
The White House also warned today that only "a small percentage" of immigrants seeking asylum in the US they are granted, and asked to avoid "the risks" of the trip, in the words of the manager of Latin America in the National Security Council of the United States, Mauricio Claver-Carone.