Dozens of asylum-seekers being processed at U.S-Mexico border

Posted at 1:03 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 21:43:13-04

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Dozens of migrants seeking asylum in the United States are being processed Tuesday afternoon, according to an attorney.

Eight migrants were allowed in for processing Monday night followed by dozens more Tuesday afternoon and evening. 

The rest of the migrant caravan is waiting in Tijuana to be allowed in and processed. 

The attorney, who is working with the group of migrants, said members of the caravan were asked to choose among themselves who would be processed.

MAP: Where is the migrant caravan from?

Women and children were reportedly in the first groups of migrants selected Monday and Tuesday. 

An official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that, although this group of migrants has been gaining national attention, the process the group is going through is standard.

As far as the process the migrants are going through, CBP said that individuals who don’t have proper travel documents and try to enter into the U.S. may be subject to expedited removal.

PHOTOS: Migrant caravan makes way to U.S-Mexico border

Those in expedited removal who express fear of return are then referred to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Migrants then go through a “fear interview” to determine whether or not they have a credible fear of persecution or torture.

The San Ysidro border inspection facility can hold 300 people. Between October of 2017 and February of 2018, 8,000 asylum cases were processed.

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According to a CBP spokesperson, port capacity at San Ysidro is dependent on holding space, volume of traffic, officer resources and complexity of cases among other factors.

“CBP is committed to maintaining security and meeting the health and safety needs of those persons in our custody, the traveling public, and officers and personnel. At times, this has required us to limit the number of people we can bring in the port facility for processing at a given time, including in 2016 when an influx of Haitians arrived at the California border, and as recently as within the past six months. In recent days, San Ysidro has exceeded port capacity due to an increase in arrivals of undocumented persons making asylum claims or presenting complex cases. Accordingly, CBP has had to limit the number of new arrivals for processing. CBP will continue to work with its interagency partners at ICE to ensure continued management of persons presenting without documents and appropriate care and custody of all those in our facility,” the spokesperson said in part.

Migrants with the caravan have made their trip to the U.S.-Mexico border from three different countries in Central America. Check out the map below: