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Caravan migrants begin to breach border as frustration with slow asylum process grows

Caravan migrants begin to breach border as frustration with slow asylum process grows

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At the very least two dozen Central American migrants– disillusioned and pissed off with the asylum-seeking process– breached the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday simply earlier than nightfall by scaling a 10-foot metallic fence, Reuters reported.

Different migrants managed to squeeze by way of the fence on the seaside.

Karen Mayeni, a 29-year-old Honduran mom with three youngsters aged between six and 12, informed Reuters that she’s solely observing others penetrating the border and “ready to see what occurs.” The lady will determine her household’s subsequent motion “in a few days,” she mentioned.


About 90 minutes later, she and her youngsters have been seen on the U.S. facet of the border, the outlet reported.

Some migrants reportedly tried to flee the seize by the U.S. Border Patrol, however most have been caught. It stays unclear what number of migrants managed to flee the detention.

The migrants are a part of the caravan that traveled in the direction of the U.S. in an effort to enter the U.S. – some illegally, others legally within the hope of making use of for asylum – citing points reminiscent of rampant violence of their house international locations.

However the plans have been curbed by the Trump administration’s choice to ship troops to guard the border from unlawful entry and impose a brand new coverage that requires each migrant searching for asylum to stay in Mexico the place their case can be heard. The rule was struck down final month by a federal choose.

1000’s of migrants are at the moment residing in Tijuana, a Mexican border metropolis, that’s more and more warning concerning the disaster attributable to the sudden inflow of the migrants.

Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum informed Fox Information that his metropolis can’t proceed offering assist for the migrants, saying already-stretched metropolis assets have been emptied for the reason that disaster started.

“In these six hours that the border was closed, we misplaced roughly 129 million pesos,” he mentioned, referring to current clashes on the border. “That is not honest. How do you suppose folks from Tijuana really feel in the direction of these people who find themselves making issues?”


Migrants residing within the camp are additionally struggling and are uncovered to well being issues, Tijuana’s Well being Division mentioned final week.

The spokesman informed Fox Information that out of 6,000 migrants at the moment residing within the metropolis, over a 3rd of them (2,267) are being handled for health-related points.

There are three confirmed circumstances of tuberculosis, 4 circumstances of HIV/AIDS and 4 separate circumstances of chickenpox, the spokesman mentioned.

At the very least 101 migrants have lice and a number of cases of pores and skin infections, the division’s information reveals.

There’s additionally a menace of Hepatitis outbreak attributable to unsanitary situations, the spokesman mentioned. The hundreds of migrants are being sheltered on the Benito Juarez Sports activities Complicated close to the San Ysidro U.S.-Mexico Port of Entry, regardless of the place being able to offering for 1,000 folks.

Fox Information’ Griff Jenkins contributed to this report.

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