SAN DIEGO -- Twenty more Central Americans traveling with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras caravan passed into the San Ysidro Port of Entry Tuesday morning, bringing to 28 the total caravan members into U.S. custody since Sunday afternoon, caravan leaders said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which manages the port did not confirm those numbers. But the agency said Monday that it was resuming processing those without entry documents as capacity allows, reported San Diego Union-Tribune.
About 140 asylum seekers from the caravan set up an encampment directly in front of the U.S. border crossing known as PedWest. Tuesday morning, one of the caravan’s organizers, Alex Mensing, reminded the group of Central Americans that they have a legal right to seek asylum.
In San Diego, pro-immigration activists spent Tuesday morning shopping for nearly the migrants who are waiting at Tijuana border, hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S. They filled a car and delivered food, clothing and other supplies to the migrants.
“This door being shut in these peoples’ faces – not even allowing them to go through the legal process -- to me is a human rights violation," said activist Wendy Batterson.
The scenes of desperation are not going unnoticed by those who have the freedom to cross the border.
“Children, many mothers – it was sad -- because the people looked hungry, they were freezing too," said Monica Vargas, a visitor from Costa Rica.
But some Tijuana residents are growing uneasy about the presence of the migrants who, for now, have nowhere to go.
“People come and they don’t get work. So they need to find somewhere to eat and all that stuff. I’m worried in Tijuana there’s going to be more insecurity," said Omar Rivero, a Tijuana resident.