Mexican city shuts down migrant shelter near United States border

06 December, 2018, 10:14 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Some Americans are avoiding going to Mexico for medical trips or vacations because they fear getting stranded if the border closes

The family of six that illegally crossed the border into the United States includes three children, ages 2, 7, and 10, and is from Guatemala, according to CBP.

Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday that agents arrested the woman November 26 after she entered the country illegally near Imperial Beach, California, across the border from Tijuana, Mexico. Rights groups question the legality of that proclamation, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio said was issued to deter illegal crossings.

On a typical day before the caravan arrived in Tijuana, U.S. border patrol agents in the San Diego area detained about 120 or so people trying to cross the border illegally from Mexico.

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

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.

"We're just observing, waiting to see what happens", Mayeni said.

Tourists and visitors have been cancelling planned trips to the Mexican state of Baja California since the border crossing shut down briefly a week ago, and according to tour-friendly business owners, many fear getting trapped in Mexico should the crossing close again, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Sunday.

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

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum said it is costing the city $25,000 per day to feed and house the 7,000 migrants now in the city. By Saturday afternoon, most of the thousands of migrants who had been camped out at the sports complex had agreed to move to the new, more distant shelter. U.S. Border Patrol agents had the territory between the two barriers heavily covered.

Applying for asylum at a US land border can take months, so if migrants enter illegally and present themselves to authorities, their cases could be heard more quickly.

US authorities say they can process up to 100 asylum seekers a day. USA authorities have said that around 600 people in the migrant caravan have criminal records.

Some migrants, however, were reluctant to head to their new facility.

One child and his mother got over the fence and ran up the hill behind. They turned around and waved to those still on the Mexican side.

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