SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) - The first eight migrants in a caravan of hundreds will be processed, a source confirmed Monday night.
Women and children were the first to be selected out of the group. Earlier Monday, 20 families were waiting to be processed at the San Ysidro port of entry.
Customs officers say the border crossing facility is at capacity. Those crossing the border say the caravan is fenced off in two sections. One group of about 20 is at the door, waiting to be processed.
Irineo Mujica of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, the group organizing the caravan, called the refusal to process the asylum seekers a 'farce'.
In 2016, thousands of Haitians seeking to turn themselves in at the San Diego crossing overwhelmed U.S. border agents in 2016, the Associated Press reported.
At one point, Haitians had to wait in Tijuana for more than five weeks for their turn.
Trump continues criticism of caravan
President Trump has criticized the caravan since it started in Mexico towards the end of March.
His controversial tweets came as his administration vowed to end what officials call “legal loopholes” and “catch-and-release” policies that allow people requesting asylum to be released into the U.S. while their claims make their way through courts.
"Catch and release is ridiculous," Trump said Monday at a news conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House. "If they touch our property, if they touch our country, essentially you catch them and you release them into our country. That's not acceptable to anybody."