Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Mexican city shuts down migrant shelter near U.S. border

Mexican city shuts down migrant shelter near U.S. border

The move came a week after hundreds of migrants rushed the U.S. border, prompting U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol officers to fire tear gas and smoke grenades at the crowd, which included many women and children.

Just before dusk, three thin people squeezed through the fence on the beach and were quickly picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol, witnesses said.

About 800 migrants from Central American states have been detained while attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexican border, head of the Mexican National Migration Institute Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez said.

Last year, more than 26,000 illegal immigrants were arrested in addition to almost 11,000 pounds of marijuana and 3,000 pounds of cocaine that were seized.

They are two of many Central American migrants that have breached the border in Tijuana recently.

The incident is the latest in a growing list of chaotic happenings on the border in recent weeks, with the arrival of the migrant caravan in Baja California.

Border Patrol agents say they rescued a family whose children were dropped from the top of the 18-foot border fence Monday.

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The attempt to cross into the USA illegally came just days after the migrants were transferred from one temporary shelter to another after it had become unsanitary.

But about 90 minutes later, she and her children were seen on the US side of the border, according to the report.

Thousands of migrants have been waiting for a chance to apply for asylum.

People mainly from Honduras but also from El Salvador and Guatemala formed the caravan to Tijuana, seeking safety in numbers while crossing Mexico to avoid criminals and the fees demanded by the gangs that prey on migrants. They're well organized and brought to the border by a group and we told they would be able to cross easily into the U.S.to present an asylum claim. U.S. Border Patrol agents had the territory between the two barriers heavily covered.

"Thank God she did her part, but there were times we stayed until the last [of the caravan]" her husband, Miguel, said.

"Climb up. You can do it!"

One child and his mother got over the fence and ran up the hill behind. Mexican authorities arrested and deported those they considered responsible for compromising the city's commitment to public order.

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