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.
MEXICO CITY, Dec. 3 (UPI) - Thousands of migrants from the Central American caravan in Tijuana, Mexico, have put their names on a waitlist for a preliminary political asylum interview with US authorities - a wait that could be many months.
"Since that caravan formed in mid-October, we've seen 90,000 people come to our border, 85 percent of those crossing illegally between ports of entry, and all lured by the fact that our legal framework has huge gaps that create the opportunity to stay in the USA while awaiting a court hearing, even if they don't have a lawful permission or protection claim".
Frustrated and exhausted after weeks of uncertainty, numerous migrants have become desperate since getting stuck in squalid camps in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.
Tents are set up in a new shelter on Sunday in an area known as El Barretal in Tijuana, Mexico. "They were brought to the border by a group that told them they would be able to cross easily into the U.S.to present asylum claims, and that's not the case".
Thousands of migrants have been waiting for a chance to apply for asylum.
The migrants in Tijuana are part of several caravans that traveled through Mexico in an effort to enter the United States, citing issues such as widespread violence and dismal job prospects in their home countries.
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The sight of them climbing the fence encouraged others, even as a helicopter patrolled overhead on the USA side.
"They previously were residing at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro U.S. -Mexico Port of Entry until this past weekend, when that camp was shut down over 'bad sanitary conditions'".
"We've got criminal organizations profiting off of vulnerable families charging 5,000 to 7,000 per person", said McAleenan.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum said it is costing the city $25,000 per day to feed and house the 7,000 migrants now in the city.
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.
The desperation of many drives them to take a perilous journey.
But it is still crowded.