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LGBT people arrive in Tijuana after breaking away from migrant caravan

Over 70 LGBT people arrived at the San Ysidro border on Sunday.
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About 76 LGBT members of an approaching migrant caravan headed for the U.S. arrived in Tijuana on Sunday, They say they had to break off from the larger group because of harassment and bias.

About 3,600 remaining migrants are making their way to seek asylum at the U.S. border and are due to arrive in about 2-3 weeks. 

But the LGBT men and women say they were extremely restricted in the collective group and were given poor living conditions, not able to bathe or even eat according to Telemundo 20 in San Diego.

“Even taking a bath was a major problem,” a caravan member who is Honduran told Telemundo. “When we wanted to shower there was no water for us…for food it was the same thing.”

The members were then given a bus ticket by an anonymous group to go the rest of the way to the border. 

The group says they endured the same type of persecution in the caravan that made them escape their native county in the first place.   

As with the others, the LGBT faction are hoping to get political asylum either at the San Ysidro or Otay Mesa ports of entry.

“We are waiting for our representative,” the unidentified migrant said. “We want to do things right.”

It's been 30 days since the caravan organized a mass migration to the U.S.from San Pedro Sula in Honduras.

They picked up many people along the way and quickly grew into the thousands, prompting commentary from President Trump who said it was an "invasion." 

“Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border,” he said. 

The group reportedly headed to Guadalajara on Monday. 

Many other caravans have been organized and are on the move. One with about 1,800 people is three days behind the original group, and another of approximately 2,000 people is a day behind that one.