Claims of fear to return home spike at US-Mexico border

Claims of fear to return home spike at US-Mexico border

- Thousands of Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans, have trekked for over a month in the hopes of reaching the United States.

Central American migrants planning to surrender to US border patrol agents climb over the USA border wall from Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, late Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

A photographer for The Associated Press saw about a dozen people being handcuffed Monday after they were told by agents to move back away from a wall.

"As a Quaker who believes in our shared humanity..."

Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said 31 people were arrested for trespassing and one was arrested for assaulting an officer.

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"As a Quaker who believes in our shared humanity, We're calling on the United States to respect the rights of migrants", said Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary of Quaker group the American Friends Service Committee, which organized the protest.

The arrests marked the second confrontation with US federal agents since the migrant caravan reached Tijuana.

The commissioner is expected to field questions about the Trump administration's immigration policies, including a plan reported in November to make asylum-seekers remain at the border in Mexico while their cases proceed in immigration courts in the U.S. Experts have said that President Donald Trump doesn't have the legal authority to make such a change in asylum law in the U.S. 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. Many face waiting weeks or months in Mexico while they apply for asylum. As they began interviews, some claimed to be part of the migrant caravan. Others asylum seekers cross illegally.

Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after undertaking a grueling journey from Central America to the United States border.

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