Woman and three-year-old daughter crawl under Mexico-US border wall

Woman and three-year-old daughter crawl under Mexico-US border wall

This family's story is an example of what many migrants hoped for when they set out on the weeks-long journey to the United States - to get across the border into the USA, request asylum, and be allowed to wait for their hearing in the United States.

Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday that agents arrested the woman November 26 after she entered the country illegally near Imperial Beach, California, across the border from Tijuana, Mexico.

The inhospitable conditions have increased the apparent frustration of thousands of the caravaners, some of whom arrived at this Mexican border city two weeks ago.

So a number opted to eschew legal procedures and attempt an illegal entry from Tijuana as dusk fell on Monday at a spot about 1,500 feet (450 meters) from the Pacific Ocean.

Other sightseers were seen taking selfies after a visit to the beach alongside the USA border wall in Playas de Tijuana.

McAleenan noted that the migrants' confusion at the border has left many desperately looking for a way to cross the border illegally.

Some migrants helped each other over, using blankets as ropes.

The sight of them climbing the fence encouraged others, even as a helicopter patrolled overhead on the US side.

"We're just observing, waiting to see what happens", Mayeni said. We've got well over 7,000 migrants there.

Ninety minutes later, she and her family were over the fence.

Some migrants are likely to be economic refugees without a strong asylum claim, but others tell stories of receiving politically motivated death threats in a region troubled by decades of instability and violence.

People mainly from Honduras but also from El Salvador and Guatemala formed the caravan to Tijuana, seeking safety in numbers while crossing Mexico to avoid criminals and the fees demanded by the gangs that prey on migrants.

This is in large part because the caravan organizers promised them they could get into the US and stay there as their asylum case was heard.

US officials have restricted applications through the Chaparral gate in Tijuana to between 40 and 100 per day.

Officials said the groups of illegal immigrants are not believed to be associated with the large caravan of mostly Central American migrants that have prompted the military deployment.

Those that made it across the fence in Tijuana still had to scramble up a hill and contend with a more forbidding wall to reach California.

Ms. Johnson reports, the U.S. Border Patrol's San Diego Sector is reportedly one of the most active in the nation.

"Climb up. You can do it!"

Some migrants, however, were reluctant to head to their new facility. One child suffered a facial injury.

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