Border officials to close northbound lanes ahead of caravan's arrival

Larry Hoffman
November 15, 2018

César Palencia, director of the Tijuana Municipal Migration Affairs Office, said there is shelter space for 900 in the city, although they will need more mattresses, blankets and clothes for those arriving.

Rueda was interviewed by phone from Mexico City where he had been participating in a meeting called by Mexico's Interior Ministry to coordinate efforts on the caravan; other attendees included representatives of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, Mexico's Foreign Ministry, global aid groups and city officials from Tijuana and Mexicali.

The closures are expected to last "until sometime after people in the caravan arrive to the border", the agency said.

Border officials have added razor wire to the top and bottom of the fence near Border Field State Park that divides San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico.

Trump turned the caravan into a hot-button issue ahead of last week's U.S. midterm elections, claiming - without providing evidence - it included "hardened criminals" and "unknown Middle Easterners" who were about to "assault" the United States.

The largest group of migrants is about 1,500 miles away from Tijuana and is still moving on foot.

San Ysidro is the border's busiest crossing, with about 110,000 people entering the US every day.

President Donald Trump ordered troops to the border in response to a caravan of migrants slowly making its way through Mexico toward the U.S.

On Tuesday, a couple of dozen migrants scaled the steel border fence to celebrate their arrival, chanting "Yes, we could!"

Several Border Patrol agents in San Diego watched them through the barrier separating the USA and Mexico.

Leidi Mejia, 23, who fled her town of 11,000 in eastern Honduras, said her partner back home had been murdered and she had received death threats.

Hundreds of Central American migrants planning to seek asylum in the United States moved toward the country's border with Mexico on Tuesday as United States military reinforced security measures, laying barbed wire and erecting barricades.

They thought other buses would be waiting for them to take them through hurricane-ravaged Nayarit to the neighboring state of Sinaloa, farther north.

Small groups were also reported in the northern cities of Saltillo and Monterrey, in the region near Texas. By early Wednesday, another 1,100 migrants from the third and last caravan had also arrived at the stadium. So our goal was to change that and say, 'This time we are going to be first, ' " Mejia said'.

Mexico has offered refuge, asylum or work visas, and its government said Monday that 2,697 temporary visas had been issued to individuals and families to cover them during the 45-day application process for more permanent status.

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