Migrants in Tijuana trickling over and under border wall

Migrants in Tijuana trickling over and under border wall

They may have to wait weeks or months to claim asylum at the U.S. border. Following the press conference, gatherers marched towards the border to "stand in solidarity" with caravan riders who walked thousands of miles to get to the United States-Mexico border.

People take part in a gathering in support of the migrant caravan in San Diego.

Pro-migrant activists demonstrate against U.S. migration policies near the U.S. -Mexico border fence at Imperial Beach in San Diego County, as seen from Playas de Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on December 10.

USA authorities have 32 people at a demonstration organized by a Quaker group at the border separating San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico.

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Singing and praying, religious leaders moved forward in lines of four to six, some wearing t-shirts reading "Love knows no borders". A large number have decided to make new lives in Mexico, applying for work permits and taking jobs at local factories while they wait as the US government processes about 100 asylum requests a day at the San Ysidro crossing, the United States' busiest.

The Union-Tribune also noted that the migrants demanded that US immigration officials speed up the number of asylum seekers allowed in the USA each day to 300.

"As a Quaker who believes in our shared humanity..."

"This belief calls us to stand with those fleeing violence and poverty, and to call on our government to uphold the human rights of migrants and end the militarization of border communities".

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U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said 31 people were arrested by Federal Protective Services for trespassing and one was arrested by Border Patrol for assaulting an agent.

Migrants in the caravan from Honduras are reportedly demanding entry to the US or $50,000 each to return home and removal of USA military bases in Honduras.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the figures Monday reflecting the first step in the asylum process.

US migrant activist Pat Murphy, who heads a Catholic-run migrant shelter in Tijuana, said demonstrators meant to carry out a blessing at the border fence to start a week of action called "Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice". Mexican officials said he would be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation.

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