On Friday, a federal judge refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S. -Mexico border.
That wait could take months, a fact that has Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum anxious that the caravan's presence is creating both health hazards and a financial crisis for his city.
Homeland Security says it has identified 600 identified criminals within the caravan. Another 3000 migrants are on their way in two separate caravans.
The only two individuals Customs and Border Protection referred for prosecution ended up not being charged because they had medical problems and could not be held at the San Diego detention center, according to reports.
Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the country could offer at least 100,000 work permits to Central Americans who ultimately want to enter the U.S. There is a high demand for factory workers in northern Mexico and for workers for the "Maya Train" project in southern Mexico, according to the Post.
Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied the migrants for weeks as part of the aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the aim of Sunday's march toward the US border was to make the migrants' plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S.More news: A second CRISPR pregnancy is already under way, claims rogue Chinese scientist
Hundreds of people marched toward the San Ysidro crossing where they were stopped by Mexican police.
Their stay, however, is costing the city of Tijuana a lot of money, leading to its mayor now speaking out about it, saying he may have to cut off funding to shelter the migrants without federal assistance - or else the 1.7 million Tijuana residents could suffer as a result. A six-hour period during which US officials were forced to close the border crossing cost his city $129 million pesos.
"The perpetrators will be prosecuted", she said then.
US authorities say assailants threw a "hail of rocks" at Border Patrol agents in the Sunday chaos that erupted during a protest against USA asylum laws, striking four who escaped serious injury.
Central Americans are typically turned over to ICE, which flies them back home.
"They're not the women and children that you see them putting in the front of the caravan so that is what is photographed all the time", she tells OneNewsNow.