>> Flimsy tents line the streets of Tijuana, cramming in over 2,500 Central American migrants who have spent weeks traveling north in caravans, walking and hitching rides when possible. Now they're waiting in squalor for the long process of seeking asylum from a reluctant US government. Reuters correspondent Dan Trotta caught up with some of those migrants.
>> It's impossible to tell how many of these migrants are true political refugees, and how many are economic refugees. But the story that the
family tells would seem to be a classic case for political asylum. That is, they were threatened with political violence and that led directly to them leaving their homes and eventually, joining the caravan.
Now they've gotten this far, to Tijuana, one step from the United States, but they have no options at this point>> From many migrants, the best option is adding their names to semi formal asylum list in Tijuana. Those on the list are given a number and must wait months to pass through through for an interview.
Between 40 to 100 people are usually sent over each day, but migrants expressed distrust in the list, which is guarded by Mexican immigration officials. Of the 6,000 migrants who arrived in Tijuana last month, 1,000 have accepted voluntary deportations.>> Others, driven by their desperate circumstances at home, have tried to illegally cross into the US.
Sending their young ones first, squirming through holes under the border fence.>> The idea for her to cross was because her mother is there, waiting for her. So I came over to help, so her mother could get her over there.>> Another thousand have hopped over the fence between Tijuana and the US.
Once in the American side, they often land right in the hands of US border patrol agents and are taken into custody. A risky gamble at the end of an exhausting journey in hopes of a better life.