A caravan made of Central American migrants that are traveling to the United States was blocked at an inspection facility and prevented from crossing the border from Mexico.
The Associated Press reported that more than 50 members managed to get past the Mexican officials and crossed a bridge on Sunday, however they were not allowed to get inside the U.S. inspection site and remained outside the building.
According to the AP, the development comes after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated on Sunday that the crossing was at capacity.
“As sufficient space and resources become available, CBP officers will be able to take additional individuals into the port for processing,” McAleenan said in a statement.
He also added that the “CBP will communicate with Mexican authorities for operational awareness on this issue of capacity within CBP facilities as appropriate.”
President Donald Trump on several occasions has warned against the group, which for the last several weeks has been traveling to the United States intending to seek asylum.
Trump said that he told Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen not to allow its members into the U.S.
“Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one-sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace,” the president tweeted last Monday. “We are the only Country in the World so naive!”
One of the asylum seekers, Wendi Yaneri Garcia, said she was confident she will be released while her asylum case is pending because she is traveling alone with her 2-year-old son, who has been sick. She also said that the police in her hometown of Atlantida, Honduras, jailed her for protesting construction of a hydroelectric plant and that she received death threats after being released.
“All I want is a place where I can work and raise my son,” the 36-year-old said.