Nearly half of migrant caravan from Central America start asylum process

Posted at 5:43 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 21:19:48-04

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) - Over 70 migrants from the central American caravan are now in CPB custody, making their cases for asylum, according to attorneys working with them in Tijuana. 

The attorneys say 49 people were taken into custody on Wednesday, starting the process that could last months. Ultimately, it will be up to an immigration judge to decide if their claims are legitimate.  

There are three different groups seeking asylum. A group of transgenders, a group seeking political asylum and a group fleeing gang violence.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a strong message to the migrants on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, he told the migrants to stop coming over illegally. 

Sessions announcing over two dozen supervisory judges are heading to the border to deal with the overflow of migrants. 

About 80 migrants are still waiting to be called in by customs officers. No word yet on when those judges will arrive.