The Latest: Taxi driver in ‘caravan’ fears El Salvador gangs
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on the arrival at the Mexico-U.S. border of busloads of Central American immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. (all times local):
The father of two young girls from El Salvador says President Trump’s criticism about a caravan of asylum seekers raises doubts in his mind whether he will succeed in winning U.S. asylum but still plans to try.
Taxi driver Jovanne Torres was in Tijuana Wednesday with his wife and daughters ages 4 and 10 months after arriving in a bus that makes up part of the caravan Trump has called a threat to the U.S.
They plan to seek asylum on Sunday at a San Diego border crossing.
Torres, 37, says he joined the caravan days after refusing to give a gang member a free ride in a town El Salvador’s capital of San Salvador.
He says the gang threatened to kill him and his wife and fatally shot dead by gang members eight years ago.
Torres decided against seeking asylum in Mexico because he wants to join relatives in Houston.
About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in a “caravan” of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Donald Trump.
Two busloads arrived late Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Tijuana at two migrant shelters just steps from one of the most fortified stretches of border separating the U.S. from Mexico. They joined another 50 or so who arrived in Tijuana over the last week or two.
Four more busloads of about 200 Central Americans — mostly women and children but including some men, were expected to arrive in Tijuana Wednesday, said Alex Mensing, project coordinator for Pueblos Sin Fronteras, which is organizing the effort.
U.S. lawyers planned to lead clinics later this week on U.S. asylum law to tell them what to expect when they seek asylum. The first groups are expected to try to enter the U.S. on Sunday at a border crossing in San Diego.