Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

New Tijuana shelter to house at least 3,000 migrants, official says

New Tijuana shelter to house at least 3,000 migrants, official says

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastlum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million, which he says is struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.

Tijuana residents, many of whom have taken to the streets to protest the caravan's presence, are suffering financially.

"I didn't really have much of a plan when I left Honduras: everyone said that we would be able to cross the border - I thought it would be easier", said 29-year-old Yocelyn Alvarado as she picked up her 3-year-old son Fernando to stop him wondering into vast puddle of stinking floodwater and sodden trash.

Other health concerns include the threat of a hepatitis outbreak due to unsanitary conditions.

The spokesman said there are three confirmed cases of tuberculosis, four cases of HIV/AIDS, and four cases of chickenpox, in addition to at least 101 cases of lice and multiple skin infections. A six-hour period during which US officials were forced to close the border crossing cost his city $129 million pesos.

Some migrants had found work near the sports complex and were unsure about moving to a place they did not know, though it meant they would have a roof over their heads.

Officials say agents arrested two caravan members late Thursday on assault charges in separate incidents with Border Patrol agents.

A migrant helps bundle and clear trash as most Central Americans leave a sports complex shelter that authorities were trying to close in Tijuana Mexico Saturday Dec. 1 2018

Friday, about a thousand were shuttled by bus to the new shelter. Federal authorities leased the compound from a private owner. "Those are really criminals because they're dealing with lives, they're dealing with people".

Many others were not referred to the Justice Department because they were children or parents accompanying children, the official said.

In the first shelter, the floor is mud, puddles everywhere and the entire area is littered with junk.

Franklin Sasa, a 20-year-old bus dispatcher from Honduras who hopes to seek asylum in the US, said the previous shelter was a disaster.

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.

US authorities say assailants threw a "hail of rocks" at Border Patrol agents in the Sunday chaos that erupted during a protest against USA asylum laws, striking four who escaped serious injury.

"Since no one is listening to us, we've decided as a women's launch a hunger strike", said Claudia Miranda of Honduras at an improvised press conference in the border city of Tijuana.

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