New prosecutors, judges added for border


Gault is one of many US asylum lawyers who has travelled to the San Ysidro border crossing to observe the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency's conduct regarding the asylum seekers while also offering assistance.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent 35 assistant US attorneys to five districts along the border Thursday in addition to 18 judges, who will try immigration cases.

Another 62 migrants were still waiting for a chance to begin the asylum process, he said.

The U.S. has admitted at least 158 Central American migrants into the San Ysidro port of entry at the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing where they will plead their cases for asylum, Reuters reported.

But migrants from this caravan are at a port of entry and asking for asylum.

Zuniga, who fled El Salvador after threats from the brutal MS-13 gang to her 15-year-old son, said she was hopeful her turn would come soon.

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"The Justice Department, under Attorney General Sessions, has made significant reforms and progress in tackling the overwhelming backlog in the immigration court system", McHenry said in the release.

Gabriela Hernandez and her children Jhonnathan and Omar, Central American migrants traveling in the "Migrant Via Crucis" caravan stand for a portrait outside near their tent at Juventud 2000 shelter in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 27, 2018.

Thursday night, organizers said that more than 150 of the almost 230 people in the group who reached the California border have been processed to determine if they had an asylum claim that would allow them to remain in the United States to pursue further court cases.

"We are not going to let this country be overwhelmed", Sessions said Wednesday. And under worldwide law, the United States and other countries must consider asylum claims.

President Donald Trump has claimed the US border with Mexico is under 'siege, ' adding that Mexico is not doing enough to help. By deploying these additional resources to the Southwest border, the Justice Department and the Trump Administration take yet another step in protecting our nation, its borders, and its citizens.