Caravan migrants weigh options after court blocks Trump ban

TIJUANA, MEXICO (NBC) - Authorities in Tijuana, Mexico discussed the possibility of Central American migrants wanting to reach the U.S. remaining in Mexico.

Officials said the presence of migrants in Mexico’s border posed a flash point in relations with the U.S.

Additionally, they said that U.S. efforts to discourage migrants from seeking asylum there could lead to many migrants to stay in Mexico.

Earlier, a California court blocked President Trump’s asylum ban for people who cross the southern border illegally.

This is seen as another court setback for the Trump administration’s efforts to impose new immigration restrictions without congressional approval.

On Monday, 34 caravan members were arrested for possession of drugs, public intoxication and disturbing the peace.

They are expected to be deported to their home countries.

Some locals expressed concern that portraying the caravan as criminals has tarred its innocent members.

Only about 100 asylum claims a day are being processed.

The waiting list is about 3,000 when new migrants arrived.

The U.S. has dramatically increased security at ports of entry.