Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Border Patrol agents arrest 32 religious protesters in San Diego

US Border Patrol agents arrest 32 religious protesters in San Diego

Singing and praying, religious leaders moved forward in lines of four to six, some wearing T-shirts reading, "Love Knows No Borders".

U.S. Border Patrol agents have handcuffed about a dozen people participating in a demonstration organized by a Quaker group at the U.S. -Mexico border, calling for the end of the detention and deportation of immigrants and the militarization of the border.

Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco told The Associated Press that 31 people were arrested for trespassing, and one was arrested for assaulting an officer.

The Union-Tribune also noted that the migrants demanded that US immigration officials speed up the number of asylum seekers allowed in the USA each day to 300. "We're calling on the U.S.to respect the rights of migrants", Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary of AFSC, told NBC News. Border Patrol agents came upon the group and placed them in custody about two miles north of the Mexican border.

The migrant caravans have shrunk significantly, from close to 7,000 people who arrived in Tijuana a month ago seeking entry into the US.

The watchdog report said Accenture

Data released on Monday by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed asylum claims at the US-Mexico border rose 67% in the 2018 fiscal year from a year earlier. They may have to wait weeks or months to claim asylum at the US border. The agency fielded almost 93,000 claims of so-called "credible fear" in the 2018 fiscal year ending September 30, up 67 percent from the previous year.

Commissioner Kevin McAleenan noted that most asylum claims are ultimately unsuccessful in immigration court and he renewed the Trump administration's call for Congress to address "these vulnerabilities in our immigration system". The sum would be enough, the group reasoned, for each asylum-seeker to start a small business or otherwise rebuild their life in a country where two-thirds of the population live in poverty and one in five people survive on less than $2 per day.

A second group of about 50 migrants asked the U.S. to speed up the processing of asylum claims to admit 300 new arrivals per day at San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Led by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the organization that organized the migrant caravans, the second group was able to secure a meeting with Mexican immigration officials, whom they asked to stop working with police to deport caravan members.

Despite tough new immigration policies imposed by the Trump administration, the U.S. is still the top pick by far for migrants seeking a new home, according to a new report.

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On all of these issues, especially over the last 12 months, Patel had steadfastly refused to toe the government line. He refused to answer questions on the alleged disagreement between the government and the central bank.


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