Migrants from caravan breach United States border

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2018

Associated Press revealed that almost 4,000 migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees, have died or gone missing along the route through Mexico toward the USA border in the past four years.

"We've got a challenging and still potentially volatile situation in Tijuana", said Kevin K. McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on Fox News Tuesday morning. The migrants surrendered to agents without incident.

Tents are set up in a new shelter on Sunday in an area known as El Barretal in Tijuana, Mexico.

Hundreds of migrants from a Central American "caravan" turned themselves in to the US Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas.


Some migrants have said they hope to enter the United States legally on the basis of approved asylum claims, but others have said they intend to get across by any means necessary.

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.

The inhospitable conditions have increased the apparent frustration of thousands of the caravaners, some of whom arrived at this Mexican border city two weeks ago.

At least one person on the Mexico side was spotted helping adult members of the family traverse the wall at a point near the San Luis port of entry in Arizona, according to CBP.


Officials said the migrants were not forced to move, but food and medical services at the original camp would no longer be available.

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.

Some migrants, however, were reluctant to head to their new facility. The withdrawal of the city's authorities comes at the behest of Tijuana's mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelúm, who has repeatedly said he will protect Tijuana from disruptions from the caravan.

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 USA non-governmental organizations, many of whom are offering clothes, medical care and some legal services. It is 1,573 higher than a United Nations estimate. All six were taken into custody.


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