Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

‘They are criminals!’ Tijuana mayor threatens to sue migrant caravan organizers

‘They are criminals!’ Tijuana mayor threatens to sue migrant caravan organizers

For those among the at least 6,000 migrants who have descended upon the Mexican border city of Tijuana, just south of San Diego on the US side, the move to a former outdoor concert venue after torrential rains a day earlier reduced the old shelter to a muddy, smelly mess was a welcome relief.

US authorities are working on a new system to better record evidence if similar circumstances arise in the future, the official said. The mayor, who supports the deportation of violent migrants, once again called on the federal government and the newly elected leader to step up their efforts to support the city, which is struggling to accommodate around 8,000 migrants now waiting for the U.S. to process their asylum claims.

Around 350 migrants have opted to be deported back to their home countries.

Numerous migrants admit frankly that, when they set out, they had no real strategy beyond reaching the USA border.

A 22-year-old man and a 38-year-old man were also from Honduras.

A Honduran boy plays next to the flooded area at a migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. "You don't want to sit around inside there and get sick".

He made a point of reflecting on the history of migrants north of the border.

Ramirez and two other men were observed crossing the border a mile east of the San Ysidro, California, port of entry.

The day before his inauguration, Lopez Obrador was resting with friends at this ranch in southern Chiapas state, near the border with Guatemala, and reaffirmed his support for the migrants.

Not all the migrants plan to apply for asylum - either because they can not prove that their lives are in danger or because they are fleeing economic hardship rather than violence.

Outside the shelter, Carlos Alfaro, a 33-year-old construction worker said his neighbourhood in San Salvador, was on the front line between territory claimed by rival gangs.

"The United States is a country that became a powerhouse because of the work, effort and intelligence of migrants", he said. In at least one instance, Border Patrol officials in the Rio Grande Valley multiplied six suspected assailants by the three types of items they threw - rocks, bottles and tree branches - and by the seven agents who were targeted, for a total of 126 assaults. They also said they arrested a member of MS-13.

But he had no way to prove his story, and knew that he had little hope of claiming asylum. "Then we'll see - at this point I'd rather be in jail in the U.S. than in my country".

One of the biggest news stories of this week was the attempted breaching of the southwest border near San Diego this past Sunday, following weeks of coverage of the so-called "migrant caravan".

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