Thousands of migrants, mostly Hondurans, have joined caravans in recent weeks in an effort to speed across Mexico to request refuge at the US border.
Members of the Central American migrant caravan sit next to the border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, 05 December 2018. After two adult family members were helped over the wall from the Mexican side by another migrant, the children-ages 2, 7 and 10-were dropped to be caught below.
Melanie Hernandez, a migrant at the new shelter, said the desperate situation created by the rain has "improved the humanitarian response" offered by Mexican and US non-governmental organizations, many of whom are offering clothes, medical care and some legal services.
Thousands of migrants on the Mexico side of the border are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after a grueling, weekslong journey through Mexico with the goal of applying for asylum in the U.S. Frustrated with the long wait to apply, with the U.S. processing 100 requests at most each day, some migrants are trying to cross clandestinely.
But about 90 minutes later, she and her children were seen on the US side of the border, according to the report. "We'll figure out what to do in a couple of days". By Saturday afternoon, most of the thousands of migrants who had been camped out at the sports complex had agreed to move to the new, more distant shelter.
Plans for illegal crossings were curbed by the Trump administration's decision to send troops to protect the border and impose a new policy that requires every migrant seeking asylum to remain in Mexico, where their cases will be heard.
McAleenan also noted that criminals leading these caravans give the migrants misleading information about the muddy asylum process in the US, meaning they profit off migrant families because of the weak immigration laws.
Those that made it across the fence in Tijuana still had to scramble up a hill and contend with a more forbidding wall to reach California.
"Climb up. You can do it!"
One of the children "suffered a facial injury" and was treated on the scene. They turned around and waved to those still on the Mexican side.