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Caravan refugees remain stranded as US says border crossing full

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Caravan refugees remain stranded as US says border crossing full
 Hundreds of refugees, including women and children, traveling in a caravan to seek asylum in the United States remain stuck at the US-Mexico border after a difficult, month-long journey from Central America.
The caravan, consisting of refugees from countries like Honduras and El Salvador, set off in southern Mexico on March 25 and has been stopped at the American border. The refugees say they are fleeing deadly gang violence in their home countries and seek to enter the US legally.
US border officials, however, have told those stranded that the Mexico-US border crossing near San Diego is already full.
“We have reached capacity at the San Ysidro port of entry,” said Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan in a statement on Sunday, adding that the asylum seekers “may need to wait in Mexico.”
President Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced the caravan, describing it as a threat to US safety. He has used the group to argue in his tweets that immigration laws need to be tightened.
The refugees decided to camp out overnight on Sunday near the San Ysidro border inspection facility, which can reportedly hold about 300 people.
Local media say the asylum seekers do not appear to be discouraged by the delay, with an organizer of the caravan vowing to remain outside an immigration processing center until “every last one” is admitted into the US.     “We’ve been waiting so long that it doesn’t really matter whether it’s today, tomorrow or when they let us in," said Irineo Mujica, director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the campaign group that organized the caravan.
AFP