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  • A group of migrants demand access to a Mexican Immigration agent at a temporary shelter for migrants in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Feb. 8, 2019.

    A group of migrants demand access to a Mexican Immigration agent at a temporary shelter for migrants in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Feb. 8, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 10 February 2019

Two groups of migrant caravans who entered the U.S. without documents were arrested by U.S. border patrol. 

Two groups of migrant caravans were detained by the United States Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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One group of 325 undocumented migrant caravan members was detained at the Arizona-Mexico border by the Border Patrol of Tuscan Thursday. 

On Friday, another group of 290 undocumented migrants was arrested after crossing the border in the area of southwestern New Mexico. They were arrested near Antelope Wells, 122 miles (197 kilometers) west of El Paso, Texas. 

Several minors from both the caravans were sick with one Guatemalan boy having to be hospitalized. 

Another 5-year-old migrant showed signs of illness and a 12-year-old had a skin infection. Both of them were transferred to a local hospital. 

Both caravans entered the U.S. without documents and proper authorizations. The Tuscan border guards arrested 650 migrants this year alone, and the Texas area border patrol arrested 27 groups of more than 100 people since Oct. 1 last year.

Last week, around 1,600 migrants were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border near Texas where they hoped to petition for asylum.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that 3,750 additional military troops would be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to support border agents and thwart what he described as "the tremendous onslaught" of U.S.-bound migrants.

At the end of January, about one dozen Central American asylum-seekers were sent back to Mexico as part of United States President Donald Trump's Administration new hardened immigration policy.

It was recently revealed that the White House is advancing a plan to make it more difficult for U.S. residents to obtain citizenship if they or their dependents have used any of a list of U.S. social programs, such as Obamacare or SNAP food assistance.

An open letter from 107 artists, activists, scholars and writers condemned Trump’s actions to denigrate and demonize asylum seekers coming from Central America to the U.S. in search of better life opportunities and escaping from violence.


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