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    ‘Caravan’ of Central American migrants arrives at US border to apply for asylum  

    Hundreds of Central American migrants from a “caravan” denounced by Donald Trump have arrived at the US border, where scores plan to try and seek asylum.
    Speaking to supporters at a rally in Michigan on Saturday, Mr Trump referred to the convoy of people fleeing gang violence and poverty as “a mess”. His administration has warned it will protect the US’s “borders and sovereignty” against attempts at illegal entry.
    Yet, the migrants who gathered five weeks ago at a town in southern Mexico made their way northwards, have said they want to enter the US legally, and apply for political asylum. They said they wanted to do do this, even though US immigration lawyers had warned them they could be separated from their children and spend months in detention centres.
    As anywhere up to 200 migrants from countries such as Honduras and El Salvador arrived in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, the volunteer lawyers warned them of the hardships they faced.
    “We are the bearers of horrible news,” Los Angeles-based lawyer Nora Phillips said during a break from free legal workshops for the migrants, where about lawyers gave advice. According to the Associated Press, she added: “That’s what good attorneys are for.”
    The migrants, who say they are fleeing gang violence that has made their countries some of the deadliest on earth, have indicated they wish to press ahead nonetheless. Scores were due to seek asylum at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing, the nation’s busiest. During the day, people climbed onto the barriers that divide the two countries.
    On Sunday morning, the activist group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which has helped members of the caravan, said on Twitter: “Refugee Caravan and March without Borders reach both sides of border wall at Friendship Park San Diego/Tijuana border. Although physically divided by the wall, we are united by love and solidarity.”
    Kenia Elizabeth Avila, 35, from El Salvador, was shaken when the pro bono lawyers told her that temperatures may be cold in temporary holding cells and that she could may well be separated from her three children, aged 10, 9 and 4. But she said all of that was better than returning to El Salvador, where a civil war that left 70,000 dead, followed by years of gang violence, had created a perilous place for children to grow up.

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