Ten Central American women taking part in the migrant caravan camped on the US-Mexican border said Thursday (Nov 29) they were starting a hunger strike to pressure American authorities to let them apply for asylum.
Border officials said 29-year-old Jose Villalobos-Jobel, of Honduras, told agents he had traveled to the USA border within the migrant caravan group as well.
A "handful" of Central American migrants launched a "hunger strike" this week; telling reporters they're protesting the Mexican authorities now blocking them from reaching the United States border.
After further investigation, it was discovered the illegal alien was in Honduran prison for almost two decades after being convicted of murder.
Although the migrants are hopeful, it doesn't appear the Trump administration is interested in allowing even peaceful asylum seekers to cross the border, charging that the sheer number of migrants awaiting processing is too much for Customs and Border Patrol to handle, and the Trump administration cannot allow migrants to remain in the country pending an asylum hearing if they can't be properly processed.More news: Discovery Strikes Content Pact With Tiger Woods
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Agents working the El Centro Sector crossed paths with the man eastward of the Calexico Port of Entry in California on Saturday around 6 p.m.
"The man also told agents he traveled to the United States border with a large group of people from Central America intending on filing for asylum in the United States", the news release said.
Though little evidence was offered to substantiate the claim, Trump administration officials have repeatedly characterized hundreds of migrants in the group as criminals.
"You're going to find MS-13, you're going to find Middle Eastern, you're going to find everything", President Trump previously told reporters.
Authorities in Tijuana say they plan to open another shelter for migrants in the Mexican border city.