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Part of migrant caravan arrives at US border

The first members of a group of Central American migrants making their way toward the U.S. arrived at the border in Tijuana and packed shelters within view of U.S. Border Patrol agents, The Associated Press reported Thursday.


Some migrants who have already reached the border indicated that they will seek asylum in the U.S., despite President Trump signing a proclamation aimed at curbing asylum claims. Others in the group told the AP that they will consider settling in Tijuana, or crossing the border illegally.

About a dozen others told the news outlet they plan to wait for additional members of the so-called caravan to arrive in Tijuana before determining their next move.

While Tijuana's shelter for migrant quickly filled to capacity, doctors there assessed those fighting illness and workers provided food.

Central Americans from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have been trekking toward the U.S. for weeks, as many of them flee poverty and violence in their home country.

Trump demonized the group in the weeks leading up to the midterms, painting the migrants as an imminent security threat that could overrun the border. Since last week's elections, he has gone largely silent on the matter.

The administration has dispatched thousands of troops to reinforce the southern border in the meantime, and Trump last week signed off on a rule that would limit asylum claims to migrants who enter the U.S. through legal ports of entry.

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