Late Thursday, border officials said they arrested two caravan members on assault charges as well as illegally entering the U.S. In one instance, an 18-year-old from Honduras was caught with four others and elbowed an agent, officials said.
Nicole Johnston has more from Tijuana.
Rodney Scott, chief of the Border Patrol's San Diego sector, has said those arrested Sunday for illegal entry included 27 men, with the other 15 being women and children.
The decision not to prosecute came despite President Donald Trump's vow that the US will not tolerate lawlessness and after extensive preparations were made for the caravan, including deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to the border. "These are young men coming out of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the most deadly places per capita in the entire world the violence there". In at least one instance, Border Patrol officials in the Rio Grande Valley multiplied six suspected assailants by the three types of items they threw - rocks, bottles and tree branches - and by the seven agents who were targeted, for a total of 126 assaults. Homeland Security officials have said as many as 600 people in the caravans have criminal records, but have not specified how they know, or given many details.
Prosecutors said the agent placed his body on Rodriguez's right arm to try to control gain control of the pistol, and the two men wrestled for about a minute until two other Border Patrol agents arrived. "DHS will not tolerate illegal or forcible entry into our country", Houlton said in the statement.
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.
Many want to seek asylum in the United States, but inspectors at the San Ysidro border crossing are processing about 100 claims a day, meaning they will likely have to wait weeks or months.
"I'm not going to break public services to solve this problem", Gastélum told Fox News. A six-hour period during which US officials were forced to close the border crossing cost his city $129 million pesos.
He pointed out that Tijuana residents, many of whom have taken to the streets to protest the caravan's presence, are suffering financially. "That's not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel towards those people who are making problems?"
Mark Tapscott is a senior investigative journalist.