Advocacy group walks to show support for asylum seekers at US-Mexico border
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A few hundred people make their way down to the US Mexico border on the San Diego side.
It was supposed to be a peaceful walk to show support for members of the Central American migrant Caravan. But authorities have confirmed 32 people were arrested during the demonstration.
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The message was loud and clear at border field State Park Monday as more than 200 people show up in support of the migrants who are on the other side of the border waiting to seek Asylum.
“We’re all here called by our different faiths to demand that the people in the migrant caravan be treated with respect,” said Kathryn Johnson, Policy Advocacy Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee.
The demonstration was organized by the non profit on International Human Rights Day.
Participants made their way to the border.
The walk the border which is about a mile away. They were hoping to get as close to the border wall or fence as they could to pray for the Central Americans in Mexico waiting to seek asylum into the United States.
Right now, an estimated 3000 to 5,000 asylum seekers are staying in shelters that are already at capacity, thousands are in makeshift shelters and tents out on the streets of Tijuana waiting for their turn at the port of entry.
The first Caravan arrived about a month ago.
And Since then, things have turned dangerous.
Nearly a thousand migrants in large groups rushed the border 2 weeks ago causing a complete shutdown of the San Ysidro Port of entry.
Trying to illegally get in at multiple points, some men involved in the migrant Caravan became violent toward Mexican police and border patrol agents by throwing rocks. Border patrol agents used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
More recently, desperate families have tried to get across the border illegally putting their own children at risk of injury.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, Says they are working to process asylum-seekers who have no documents at the ports of entry.
And to give you an idea, Right now, CBP is processing about 300 a day along the Southwest border.