Migrant caravan reaches US, Mexico border

A group of about 50 Central American migrants who fled southern Mexico in late March have reportedly reached the U.S. border and plan to seek asylum.

Ever since it peaked at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant “caravan” has mostly shrunk and dispersed under pressure from Mexican migration authorities, who vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not, and President Trump, who called in National Guard troops to help secure the border.

Some of these migrants, who say they are fleeing gang-driven violence in Honduras, will request asylum in America.

“Since yesterday, some began to cross into the United States to turn themselves in from Tijuana and request asylum. We understand more of (the migrants) will do the same,” Jose Maria Garcia, director of Juventud 2000, an organization dedicated to assisting migrants, told Reuters.

Per U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, asylum seekers must “demonstrate [they] have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to” five factors: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.