After nearly a month of travel, a group of 200 migrants from Central America who were traveling with the so-called caravan reached the U.S. border on Sunday and are seeking asylum.
They were told by border inspectors that there was no room to accommodate them in the processing facilities, so many of them camped the night at the border, saying they would not leave until they were able to enter the country.
Migrants can ask for asylum at any entry port along the border of the U.S. and usually have to pass an interview in which border officials assess whether they have credible fears of returning to their home countries. Afterwards, they are often taken into custody, and screened by multiple officials in a process that takes months.
We get the latest from the border, plus how does the asylum process work? What criteria does a migrant have to meet in order to qualify for asylum? How is the situation with the “caravan” likely to play out?
Bill Hing, professor of law and director of The Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic at University of San Francisco School of Law