The Stream

#CaravanaMigrante: What’s next for thousands waiting at the US border?

Mexico denies reports that they will allow Central Americans to wait for US asylum claims in their country.

On Wednesday, November 28 at 19:30 GMT:

After weeks of traveling on foot through Mexico, thousands of Central Americans have reached the country’s northern border hoping to cross over and apply for asylum in the United States. But an increasingly hostile Trump administration is working to prevent that.

On Sunday after members of the so-called “migrant caravan” rushed the San Ysidro crossing, US President Donald Trump ordered a temporary closure of the southern border. The incident prompted US Border Patrol agents to fire teargas into an unarmed crowd that included women and children, drawing condemnation from the administration’s critics. At least 98 asylum seekers were arrested by Mexican authorities, who have also vowed to step up border security.
What will be the fate of thousands at the border? News of a deal to allow Central Americans to remain in Mexico while their US asylum claims are being processed were denied by incoming Mexican government officials. In addition, Trump has attempted to block US asylum eligibility for people arriving in caravans, but that order has been temporarily suspended by a US judge.
On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

John Holman @johnholman100
Al Jazeera correspondent

Ximena Natera @menanatera
Reporter, Pie de Página

Grace Meng @grace_meng
Senior US immigration researcher, Human Rights Watch

Read more:
Mexico calls for ‘full investigation’ of US tear gas at border – Reuters
Mexico denies deal with US to host asylum seekers – Al Jazeera