TIJUANA, Mexico — Hundreds of migrants who have traveled en masse through Mexico in the hope of getting safe passage into the United States, drawing a furious response from President Trump, began the final leg of their journey early on Sunday.
Joined by supporters and dozens of members of the news media, the migrants gathered in a park on the Pacific Ocean at about 10 a.m. local time for an event that was partly a celebration of the end of arduous weeks of travel and partly a protest to demand better treatment of refugees across the hemisphere.
At roughly the same time, scores of supporters, some of whom had walked from as far as Los Angeles, gathered about 30 yards away, just north of the fence separating the United States from Mexico.
The gathering on the Mexican side of the border was a prelude to the group’s final, decisive act. About 1 p.m. local time, accompanied by volunteer lawyers, paralegals and other advocates, the migrants were to begin marching to a border crossing between downtown Tijuana and southern San Diego.