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04 May 2018, 12:01 | Simon Arnold
Central Americans wait to present themselves for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing April 29 in Tijuana Mexico. CNS
"We'd tell them no, and tell them to give the donations to us, but they'd say it's for the caravan".
The "Catch and Release" program allows foreign nationals to be released into the USA while they await immigration and asylum hearings through a number of legal loopholes and weak asylum laws.
More than 75% of applicants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador between 2011 and 2016 were rejected, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
Roughly 70 more were still waiting. Many more wait at the plaza. As of Wednesday, about 65 of the Central American migrants had been allowed to pass through the San Ysidro pedestrian gate to apply for asylum, according to to immigration lawyers there.
The San Ysidro crossing is in the U.S. state of California, close to the Mexican city of Tijuana. Vice President Mike Pence called the caravan "a deliberate attempt to undermine the laws of this country and the sovereignty of the United States".
Some of the waiting had been told that USA border facilities were at capacity and could not accept more applicants, according to Gault.
U.S. border officials had allowed through only small groups at a time, saying the busy San Ysidro crossing to San Diego was saturated and the rest must be patient.
President Donald Trump has tweeted that these migrants shouldn't be allowed into the country.
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