'Caravan' Full of LGBT Migrants Approaches US Border

Lester Mason
November 14, 2018

Border Patrol agents search for illegal immigrants who cross the Rio Grande River into the US from Mexico; Rick Leventhal reports.

Travelers entering the U.S. from Mexico through ports of entry can expect tightened security and longer wait times starting Wednesday, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel prepare for the approaching migrant caravan.

A small group of LGBTQ migrants broke off from the main caravan and arrived in Tijuana at the border ahead of the other groups.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents take part in a training exercise at the U.S. -Mexico border, November 5, 2018, in Hidalgo, Texas.

United States Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, prepare to place concertina wire at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego California, US, November 10, 2018.

The lanes will be closed to install equipment "in preparation for the migrant caravan and the potential safety and security risk that it could cause", the agency said in a statement.

"CBP officials in charge at our local border crossings must always maintain security while we work to efficiently process legitimate trade and travel into the U.S.", Pete Flores, CBP's director of field operations in San Diego said in a statement.

Mr Trump signed a decree that effectively suspended the granting of asylum for those who cross the border illegally, a move that could drastically slow claims at gates of entry.

Saying many of them were from the LGBT community, one of the migrants said their travel was paid for by an anonymous organisation.

"I prefer to be in detention in the United States than to return to my country, where I know they are going to kill me for being different", transgender woman Nelvin Mejía said after arriving in Tijuana with a group of about 70 people seeking asylum.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the USA border, get a ride in a chicken truck, in Irapuato, Mexico, on November 12, 2018.

Recently, Daily Star Online reported thousands in the migrant caravan had refused offers of housing and jobs in Mexico, saying they wanted only America.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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