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Asylum does not guarantee entry into the US

Asylum does not guarantee entry into the US”

Cowie, a Unitarian Universalist minister in Harvard, said she was inspired by the migrants' plight and volunteered five days ago to sponsor an asylum-seeker.

At least 88 Central American asylum seekers from a caravan through Mexico had crossed into the United States by Wednesday, a movement that prompted U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to beef up legal resources on the border.

About a third of the 150 migrants seeking to cross into San Diego have been granted entry, with organizers gathering in the makeshift tent city near the crossing to announce names with a loudspeaker.

A total of 145 Central American migrants who traveled as part of a "caravan" from their home countries through Mexico have so far entered the United States to seek asylum, officials said.

The group of men, women and children were allowed to make their way into the port of entry border crossing in California on Thursday morning, joining dozens of others who had already crossed.

Another 62 migrants were still waiting for a chance to begin the asylum process, he said. "People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border", he added, echoing comments made by President Donald Trump.

The migrants fleeing violence in Central America number approximately 300 and have gathered at the world's busiest border crossing, which handles almost 100,000 entries a day.

Gault is one of many US asylum lawyers who has travelled to the San Ysidro border crossing to observe the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency's conduct regarding the asylum seekers while also offering assistance.

At least 28 migrants who made it into the United States on Wednesday had anxiously filed through the walkway to the US gate the night before.

President Trump said the caravan of migrants were "openly defying our border" and called for the group to be stopped before it arrived in Tijuana.

The San Ysidro crossing is in the USA state of California, close to the Mexican city of Tijuana. "Make your claim to enter America in the lawful way and wait your turn", Sessions said. And under global law, the United States and other countries must consider asylum claims.

Nicole Ramos, an attorney advising caravan members in Mexico, said she did not believe the individuals facing US criminal charges were part of the caravan group.



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