JAMES FREDRICK, BYLINE: Protesters in Tijuana sent a clear message to the Central American migrant caravan on Sunday - we don't want you here. But in a city of more than 1.5 million people, a few hundred protesters don't speak for everyone.
Adding to the increasing certainty of the group's situation, the U.S. Border Patrol temporarily closed all northbound lanes at the busy San Ysidro Port of Entry early Monday morning as the U.S. continues to "position additional port hardening materials".
Mexican officials behind the event are hoping their efforts will cool tensions between locals and the migrants, following a string of violent incidents.
Tijuana's city government has set up a little stadium as a place that the caravan can sleep as they wait here in Tijuana.
Some of the thousands of active-duty troops deployed to the border in Texas and Arizona are likely to shift to California to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deal with an expected crush of migrant asylum-seekers coming from Tijuana, U.S. Army North said Tuesday.
FREDRICK: Well, they're in a hard situation because the way that the asylum process works here in Tijuana is that migrants themselves for a long time now have had a little notebook.
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Another Tijuana police officer, Victor Coronel, who has overseen security outside the sports complex where the migrants are staying, said local fears are based on the bad behavior of only a handful of migrants. US President Donald Trump said last month that the US would start cutting foreign aid to those countries.
At the same time, however, Murray said that most Americans also "feel that each migrant should be given the opportunity to state their case for entering the United States".
While most of the migrants are seeking asylum, some have already attempted to force their way in, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday. On the Tijuana side, dozens of onlookers gathered with cellphones to take pictures of her arrival through the fence.
"Out! Out!" they chanted, demanding that the caravan be diverted and anxious about the impact of many hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers stuck in their city for months.
Asylum-seekers are encouraged to go to ports of entry to ask for help, but are often forced to wait weeks or months to do so because the USA government admits only a limited number at a time for processing.
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Mexico's Interior Ministry said Saturday that the federal government was flying in food and blankets for the migrants in Tijuana.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a public announcement could come around later today and specific details were still being worked on.
USA troops at the southern border - deployed by President Trump before the midterms to deter what he called "an invasion" of asylum-seeking migrants - are heading home and should be reunited with their families by Christmas.
Vice President Mike Pence falsely claimed 10 terrorists a day were being stopped at the southern border, and Trump repeatedly tweeted about the "invasion" of migrants and denied the deployment was a political stunt. They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an "invasion".
But some of the migrants are puzzled by fears they are unsafe, saying they fled Honduras for the U.S.to escape violence and gangs.
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