US Migrant Caravan: Tijuana officials brace more incoming migrants

01 December, 2018, 14:39 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Honduran migrants stand at the border wall in Tijuana Mexico Friday Nov. 30 2018 before crossing over. The group was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents as soon as they stepped onto U.S. territory. Thousands of migrants who traveled via a caravan

Events leading to the arrest of the Honduran suspect began around 9:30 p.m.in an area about four miles west of San Ysidro, and about 400 yards north of the barrier between the US and Mexico, according to the federal criminal complaint.

When Customs and Border Patrol officials arrested 46-year-old Miguel Angel Ramirez after he illegally entered the US near San Diego, he was only four months out of a Honduran prison after serving 10 years for homicide and three years for robbery.

Around 6,000 Central American migrants, who arrived in Tijuana in order to try and cross the United States border, stayed in the tent city camp, with the conditions worsening after nights with heavy winds and rains, leaving wet clothes, sleeping bags and litter all around town after the overcrowded areas were flooded.

There are three caravans now moving through Mexico, with between 7,000 and 10,000 migrants. The Honduran Consulate in Los Angeles corroborated the facts of Ramirez's criminal record, according to the release.

The migrants had crossed the U.S. -Mexico border illegally during a chaotic clash with Border Patrol agents near Tijuana Mexico. Three other men, including a Mexican and Guatemalan national and Arizona man, were also arrested.

"You can't cross the street because if you move from one gang's territory to the other, they'll kill you".

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told The Hill that it has addressed other federal government agencies "to defend our sovereignty, protect our frontline men and women and secure our border".

Administration officials have portrayed the caravan as a lawless, violent mob, saying there are some 600 people in the group who have a criminal history.


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

Many plan 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.

That wait could take months, a fact that has Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum anxious that the caravan's presence is creating both health hazards and a financial crisis for his city.

More than one-third of the 6,000 migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, are suffering from serious health issues, including tuberculosis, chickenpox, HIV/AIDS, and respiratory infections, Fox News reported.

"I'm not going to break public services to solve this problem", Gastélum told Fox News.

"In those six hours that the border was closed, we lost approximately 129 million pesos", he said.

"That's not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel toward those people who are making problems?"

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