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250 Refugees Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Asylum in U.S.

About 250 refugees from Central America arrived in Tijuana seeking asylum, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed.

CBP said 78 of the refugees arrived at the at the San Ysidro port of entry around 6 p.m. Sunday night, including children.

"We want the U.S. Mexico and Central America to recognize there is a refugee crisis," said Roberto Corona, with the Refugee Caravan.

Corona told NBC 7, many people are facing death threats or dying in Central America countries--including Honduras, El Salvador.

According to the CBP, the individuals were allowed entry to the U.S. They will be screened and processed on a case-by-case basis.

After they are screened, the refugees will be turned over the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while their cases are reviewed by asylum officers.

The remaining refugees are still at local shelters in Tijuana.

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