First wave of migrant caravans arrives at border

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Published on November 15, 2018 - Duration: 01:08s

First wave of migrant caravans arrives at border

The first several hundred travelers from migrant caravans from central America arrived in Tijuana on Wednesday just across the border from the United States.

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First wave of migrant caravans arrives at border

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Some 340 migrants arrived in Tijuana, Mexico Wednesday (November 14) after nine buses shuttled them to this city just across the border from the United States.

The migrants waited in line to enter a shelter, where many said they intended to rest until the remainder of their caravan also arrived.

"We're waiting for everyone (in the caravan) to come, and we're going to see what solution there is now that we're right at the door (to the U.S.)," said Honduran migrant Jose Christin.

In the past few days up to 1,000 migrants linked to the caravans have arrived in Tijuana, with a similar number expected to arrive in the next day or so.

Thousands more could arrive in border towns over the coming days.

Tijuana's Director of Migrant Assistance, Cesar Palencia, said the migrants arriving Wednesday (November 11) would be provided with shelter, but the city did not currently have the facilities for an additional wave of arrivals.

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump effectively suspended the granting of asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, seeking fresh ways to block thousands of Central Americans traveling in caravans from entering the United States.

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