Group gathers near San Diego border to support migrants seeking asylum
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A few hundred people made their way down to the US Mexico border on the San Diego side. It was a peaceful walk to show support for members of the Central American Migrant Caravan.
The message was loud and clear at Border Field State Park as more than 200 people, many of them faith leaders, showed up in support of the migrants who are on the other side of the border waiting to seek Asylum.
The demonstration was organized by the American Friends Service Committee on International Human Rights Day and their goal was to get as close to the border wall as they could to pray for the central Americans waiting to seek Asylum into the United States.
Right now, an estimated 3 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 point 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.
CBP is processing about 300 a day along the Southwest border.