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.
McAleenan has been overseeing the USA southern border where more than 7,000 migrants have gathered near Tijuana, Mexico.
The family of six that illegally crossed the border into the United States includes three children, ages 2, 7, and 10, and is from Guatemala, according to CBP.
According to reports Sunday, buses took the migrants 14-miles away from the San Ysidro district.
It was also not immediately clear if they were part of the larger so-called caravan of migrants of mostly Central Americans who have descended on the border.
One of the children suffered a facial injury and was treated.
The Trump administration's fierce crackdown on the "migrant caravan" has caused the 6,000-strong group to stall in Tijuana, Mexico; with many choosing to return home rather than wait months for their asylum claims to be processed by American authorities.
The crossings started just before dusk when "three thin people" managed to "squeeze through the fence on the beach".
"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". The woman said she would decide her family's next action "in a couple of days".
"We've got a challenging and still potentially volatile situation in Tijuana", said Kevin K. McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on Fox News Tuesday morning. Associated Press revealed that almost 4,000 migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees, have died or gone missing along the route through Mexico toward the US border in the past four years.
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. They turned around and waved to those still on the Mexican side.
U.S. officials have restricted applications through the Chaparral gate in Tijuana to between 40 and 100 per day.
Thousands of people have left Central America for Tijuana in the hope of crossing into the US.
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