Tijuana Mayor Says Migrant Caravan Organisers Should Face Criminal Charges

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Thousands of migrants who traveled via a caravan members want to seek asylum in the US but may have to wait months because the USA government only processes about 100 of those cases a day at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego. The Border Patrol office in San Diego said via Twitter that pedestrian crossings have been suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry at both the East and West facilities.

Health conditions continue deteriorating Friday in Tijuana where thousands of migrants are camping, contributing to the opening of a second shelter 45 minutes away.

A Honduran boy plays next to the flooded area at a migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico.

More than 4,700 migrants are living in tents and under blankets either directly in the shelter or in the surrounding blocks, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Right now, everyone inside is really sick".


Overcrowding along with cooler temperatures and rain has already helped spread illness among migrants, including flu-like sicknesses, lice and chicken pox, according to city officials who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

A statement from federal prosecutors did not say whether either man was believed to have reached the border in the large caravan of asylum-hopeful migrants from Central America that arrived earlier this month in Tijuana.

"We won't compromise the resources of the residents of Tijuana", Gastelum said during a news conference. "We won't raise taxes tomorrow to pay for today's problem".

US authorities say assailants threw a "hail of rocks" at Border Patrol agents in the Sunday chaos that erupted during a protest against USA asylum laws, striking four who escaped serious injury. Authorities on the United States side of the border used tear gas to disperse the migrants.


Maria Luisa Cáceres, 42, took her 15-year-old special-needs son to the border to try to illegally enter the United States.

"I didn't really have much of a plan when I left Honduras: everyone said that we would be able to cross the border - I thought it would be easier", said 29-year-old Yocelyn Alvarado as she picked up her 3-year-old son Fernando to stop him wondering into vast puddle of stinking floodwater and sodden trash.

"That's not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel toward those people who are making problems?" They point to images of crying barefoot children running from clouds of tear gas after Sunday's clash as proof of the administration's inhumane treatment.


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