Convicted Murderer, MS-13 Gang Members Snuck Into US With Caravan

01 December, 2018, 19:27 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • A woman rests inside a tent on the street near a sports complex shelter as authorities tried to persuade migrants to move to a new more distant shelter in Tijuana Mexico Saturday Dec. 1 2018

Members of the 6,000-strong caravan, mostly migrants from Honduras, have been sleeping outdoors, on cold floors or on mats in an overcrowded shelter since they arrived in Tijuana city across the border from San Diego, California, three weeks ago.

Gastélum said the blame lies on the unidentified organisers of the caravan.

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.

Gastélum also said that he hopes that incoming Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's new administration would assist his town in dealing with the migrants, as there are reportedly more caravan members on their way to Tijuana.

U.S. customs and border control officers fired tear gas canisters into Mexico at dozens of migrants who tried to rush border fencing on Sunday.

Customs and Border Protection acknowledged that no charges were filed but declined to say why.

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.

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

Homeland Security said he and the two men he was caught with are being processed for deportation.

They appeared to easily pass through the Mexican police blockade without using violence.

"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.

A Honduran mother said that she was pressured to join the border rush on November 25 that culminated in American Border Patrol officers shooting tear gas into the mob to disperse them.

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

"They make the decision for a variety of reasons", Ivonne Aguirre, a program coordinator with the International Organization for Migration, which is assisting migrants with returning home, told the Washington Post.

Others were not charged because they came in family units with children. Asylum seekers are often released in the US pending the outcome of their cases in immigration court.

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