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'Caravan' Full of LGBT Migrants Approaches US Border

'Caravan' Full of LGBT Migrants Approaches US Border

Some 350 people arrived on buses in the city directly across the border from San Diego.

On Sunday, a contingent of about 80 caravan participants - members of the LGBT, (lesbian gay, bisexual, and transgender) community - arrived in Tijuana, where they were put up at a house rented out for them by supporters in a well-to-do neighborhood near the US border. So far they've kept busy by setting up camp and affixing concertina and barbed wire along border fences.

The group arrived in Mexico City last week and voted to walk toward Tijuana, a longer and safer route compared to a shorter trek across the Rio Grande into Texas.

Palencia said city officials are anxious about the larger group of at least 3,000 they expect in the next couple of weeks. According to the media, this was made possible after an anonymous group paid for a bus that took the "LGBT caravan" to Tijuana.

The first wave of migrants from the Central American caravan has arrived in the Mexican city of Tijuana - about 80 members of the LGBT community, some of whom were seen scaling a fence along the coastal border community.

"They told it was five kilometers (three miles), and that wasn't true", Martinez said, after walking five hours in the burning sun along an empty highway.

"CBP has been and will continue to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States", Pete Flores, the agency's director of field operations in San Diego, said in a statement.

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On Nov. 12, several northbound vehicle lanes at San Ysidro and one lane at Otay Mesa were closed so the US military could install razor wire and other measures to harden the entry point in preparation for the migrant caravan.

Numerous migrants plan to apply for asylum in the United States, which means waiting, perhaps for days or weeks, to be processed at a port of entry. For all those who apply for asylum, only a small percentage receive it.

The U.S. government said it was starting work Tuesday to "harden" the border crossing from Tijuana ahead of the caravans.

They picked up many people along the way and quickly grew into the thousands, prompting commentary from President Trump who said it was an "invasion".

The arrival in Tijuana of the LGBT group has not been welcomed by everyone.

"A few of the migrants left to go buy a couple of things, and they were harassed and insulted in the street", he said.

During the previous caravan, an LGBT group had a hard time during the two weeks they waited in Tijuana, according to Nicole Ramos, an immigration lawyer. "They just want something better". He was staying at the same tent shelters set up for the first caravan at a sports stadium in Mexico City.