Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Nearly 200 Central American migrants attempting to seek asylum in the United States have been told they will have to wait until a border facility near San Diego has enough space to accommodate them.

After traveling through Mexico with great fanfare for a month under the Trump administration’s watchful eye, the migrant ‘caravan’ was stopped in its tracks when border inspectors said that a crossing facility was full.

U.S. president Donald Trump vowed last week to “stop” the caravan while cabinet members said they would deliver a swift response. The asylum seekers held firm, setting up a possible showdown.

In an anticlimactic twist, about 50 asylum seekers were allowed past a gate controlled by Mexican officials to walk across a long bridge but were stopped at the entrance to the US inspection facility at the other end. They were allowed to wait outside the building, technically on Mexican soil, without word of when US officials would let them claim asylum.

Another 50 or so camped on blankets and backpacks in Tijuana outside the Mexican side of the crossing, prohibited from even getting close to the US inspection building. (AFP)

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<p>Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP)

<p>A member of the Central American migrant caravan, holding a child, looks through the border wall toward a group of people gathered on the U.S. side, as he stands on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Hans-Maximo Musielik/AP) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

A member of the Central American migrant caravan, holding a child, looks through the border wall toward a group of people gathered on the U.S. side, as he stands on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Hans-Maximo Musielik/AP)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America and supporters gather on both sides of the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as part of a demonstration, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Jorge Duenes/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America and supporters gather on both sides of the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as part of a demonstration, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Jorge Duenes/Reuters)

<p>A member of the Central American migrant caravan, holding a child, looks through the border wall toward a group of people gathered on the U.S. side, near the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Hans-Maximo Musielik/AP) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

A member of the Central American migrant caravan, holding a child, looks through the border wall toward a group of people gathered on the U.S. side, near the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Hans-Maximo Musielik/AP)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America gather at the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as part of a demonstration, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America gather at the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as part of a demonstration, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, April 29, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, April 29, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk towards the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Jorge Duenes/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk towards the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Jorge Duenes/Reuters)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk towards the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk towards the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators march to meet Central American migrants traveling in a caravan for a gathering at the border on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, April 29, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Demonstrators march to meet Central American migrants traveling in a caravan for a gathering at the border on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, April 29, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk next to the border fence between Mexico and the U.S., before a gathering in a park and prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk next to the border fence between Mexico and the U.S., before a gathering in a park and prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, April 29, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, April 29, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP)

<p>Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP)

<p>A boy who is with a group of members of a migrant caravan from Central America and their supporters look through the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park before making an asylum request, in San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

A boy who is with a group of members of a migrant caravan from Central America and their supporters look through the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park before making an asylum request, in San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

<p>A supporter’s sign welcoming immigrants to the United States is seen on the beach after a caravan of migrants and supporters reached the United States-Mexico border near San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

A supporter’s sign welcoming immigrants to the United States is seen on the beach after a caravan of migrants and supporters reached the United States-Mexico border near San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America look through the border fence between Mexico and the U.S., prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America look through the border fence between Mexico and the U.S., prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America hold Honduran flags while sitting on the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as a part of a demonstration, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America hold Honduran flags while sitting on the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as a part of a demonstration, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators march to meet Central American migrants traveling in a caravan for a gathering at the border on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, April 29, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Demonstrators march to meet Central American migrants traveling in a caravan for a gathering at the border on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, April 29, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Chris Carlson/AP)

<p>People in Mexico climb the border wall fence as a caravan of migrants and supporters reached the United States-Mexico border near San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

People in Mexico climb the border wall fence as a caravan of migrants and supporters reached the United States-Mexico border near San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America wait to enter the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America wait to enter the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of a caravan of migrants from Central America wave a Honduran flag while gathering in the United States and near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as part of a demonstration prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., as seen through the fence from Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Jorge Duenes/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Supporters of a caravan of migrants from Central America wave a Honduran flag while gathering in the United States and near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. as part of a demonstration prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., as seen through the fence from Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Jorge Duenes/Reuters)

<p>Members of a migrant caravan from Central America and their supporters look through the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park before making an asylum request, in San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a migrant caravan from Central America and their supporters look through the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park before making an asylum request, in San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

<p>People in Mexico climb the border wall fence as a caravan of migrants and supporters reached the United States-Mexico border near San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

People in Mexico climb the border wall fence as a caravan of migrants and supporters reached the United States-Mexico border near San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)

<p>Supporters sit on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park as members of a migrant caravan from Central America stand on the other side, in San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Supporters sit on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park as members of a migrant caravan from Central America stand on the other side, in San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk towards the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. The sign between the Mexican and the U.S. flag reads: ” We were born in America, we are Americans.” (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk towards the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. The sign between the Mexican and the U.S. flag reads: ” We were born in America, we are Americans.” (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America hug as a first group is allowed to enter the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America hug as a first group is allowed to enter the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Supporters wave a Honduran flag on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park as members of a migrant caravan from Central America stand on the other side, in San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Supporters wave a Honduran flag on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Border Field State Park as members of a migrant caravan from Central America stand on the other side, in San Diego, California, April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk towards the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America walk towards the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America sleep near the San Ysidro checkpoint after a small group of fellow migrants entered the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Migrant caravan refused entry to U.S.

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America sleep near the San Ysidro checkpoint after a small group of fellow migrants entered the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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