Tijuana city officials continued to struggle with thousands of Central American migrants stalled in the region this week; saying roughly one third of the ‘caravan’ requires serious medical attention.
According to Fox News, more than 2,200 members of the 6,000 people ‘caravan’ are being treated for ailments including HIV, tuberculosis, lice, infectious diseases, and other medical issues.
“There’s also a threat of Hepatitis outbreak due to unsanitary conditions, the spokesman said. The thousands of migrants are being sheltered at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro U.S.-Mexico Port of Entry, despite the place being capable of providing for 1,000 people,” writes Fox News.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said Tuesday that his city is struggling to pay for the $30,000-per-day bill associated with the caravan; adding funds for the migrants will likely run dry by Friday.
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CARAVAN ARRIVES: Multiple Migrants Arrested After Attempting to Cross US-Mexico Border
At least 12 Central American migrants traveling with the ‘caravan’ were arrested this week after attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border near Tijuana, reports Fox News.
The small group attempted to jump the fence in a region called Playas de Tijuana after a larger gathering assembled on the Mexican side of the border. The migrants are said to be the first to reach the United States with thousands more marching north.
“A small group was arrested near the beach in an area called Playas de Tijuana. A large group was arrested in the mountains east of Otay Mesa, a San Diego community that straddles the Mexican border, the source said. All were arrested for trying to cross the border illegally,” writes Fox.
Members of the caravan said they are actively waiting for more immigrants to arrive at the border and will remain in Mexico until they “figure out their next steps.”
“We have to see what we’re offered, just so they don’t send us back to our country,” said one Honduran.
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CARAVAN CHAOS: Mexicans PROTEST Central American Migrants as Thousands Arrive in Tijuana
Hundreds of Mexican protesters chanted “Out!” and publicly demonstrated against thousands of Central American Migrants pouring into the region; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown between Mexican authorities, American border agents, and the approaching immigrants.
According to the Associated Press, “Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S.”
US Border Patrol Agents are reportedly processing 100 asylum claims per day as the migrant caravan stalls throughout Tijuana.
“They accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana. They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an ‘invasion.’ And they voiced worries that their taxes might be spent to care for the group,” adds the AP.
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