U.S. Troops to Start Leaving Southern Border

Elias Hubbard
November 21, 2018

The highly criticized troop deployment to the U.S. Southern border ahead of the migrant caravan traveling north through Mexico is being scaled down dramatically.

U.S. border inspectors are now processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego, and Juan Manuel Gastelum, mayor of Tijuana, said he estimates the migrants will remain in his city for at least six months as claims are processed.

San Ysidro is the busiest land border point of entry into the USA, according to the Department of Homeland Security. A report from Politico on Monday suggested that troops who were dispatched to the border as part of President Donald Trump's vow to prevent the massive migrant caravan from entering the country will start returning home this week, with a full disengagement planned by December 15. He sent in around 5,900 troops to prevent the "invasion" but, once polls closed, talked far less about the issue.

The agency, with the help of troops from the Department of Defense, "appropriately responded by blocking the lanes, deploying additional personnel and seeking assistance from other law enforcement and federal assets", she said, sharing pictures of concertina wire put up around the port of entry.

There are between 8,500 to 10,500 migrants now seeking to go to the USA, about 6,000 of them waiting to cross in San Ysidro, officials told reporters during a briefing call on Monday, declining to be quoted by name.

USA border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego. They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an "invasion".

The majority in the Central American caravan have refused Mexico's repeated offers of residency or asylum, and vowed to cross the border. Dozens of the more radical protesters then marched to an outdoor sports complex near downtown where 2,500 migrants are staying, sleeping on dirt fields and under bleachers.

Currently, the troops serving on the border may act in self-defense, but they do not have the authority to intervene if CBP personnel are overwhelmed by migrants.

As the Daily Wire reported, pushback against the caravan has escalated in Tijuana, with hundreds of Tijuana residents gathering on Sunday to protest the unmanageable influx of migrants.

Those migrants who arrive in Tijuana and want to enter the country legally could face waiting periods of up to six months before their asylum claims get heard - with no guarantee that they will be granted asylum.

Another migrant caravan of around 150 people reportedly set off from El Salvador for the United States on Sunday.

"Likewise, the USA is ill-prepared for this invasion and will not stand for it, they are causing crime and big problems in Mexico, Go home".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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