Small group of 150 migrants breakaway from caravan in Tijuana and peacefully approach the US border but are turned away by Mexican police

Friday, November 23, 2018
By Paul Martin

Group has settled in a pedestrian plaza in Tijuana, 500ft from a border crossing which is lined with police
They are begging to get over the border claiming the conditions in the arena in Tijuana, where thousands are sleeping, are inhumane
They were met on Thursday by Mexican riot police who urged them to apply for workers permits in Mexico
Thousands of US troops are lining the border at various points to block the group from entering
They have been marching for more than a month from Honduras and Guatemala
President Trump tried to issue a ban on them applying for asylum in the US
He was blocked by a federal judge this week and has complained ever since

By JENNIFER SMITH
DAILYMAIL.COM
23 November 2018

A small group of 150 migrants are now settled 500ft from the US border in Mexico after trekking for more than a month through Central America.

The smaller group broke off from the larger, 6,000-strong caravan of migrants who are sleeping in the Unidad Deportiva Benito Juárez sports field in Tijuana on Thursday.

They hoped that since it was Thanksgiving, border officials would soften their resolve and let them pass over into America.

They carried white flags which said ‘Peace and God are with us’ in Spanish as they approached the San Ysidro crossing which is the busiest along the border.

They were met by Mexican riot police who told them calmly to apply for Mexican workers visas. The group then retreated and settled in a plaza for the night.

It is unclear if they will attempt to storm the crossing or not.

The Mexican police told them to organize themselves on Thursday after they made their first attempt.

It was a calm encounter and some of the migrant children got over the border line and played at the feet of the Mexican officials.

In addition to the 6,000 in Tijuana, there are an additional 2,000 migrants who are snaking through Mexico, following the first group’s path.

‘I’ve been walking for a month and a week, I want to see the United States,’ Carols Lopez, one of the 150 people who approached the border, said after making it to the plaza on Thursday.

Oscar Rodriguez, 22, of Colon, Honduras, said he was still set on convincing ‘the United States to open its doors to us.’

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