Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Tijuana mayor says arrest caravan organizer, vows to stop funding migrants

Tijuana mayor says arrest caravan organizer, vows to stop funding migrants

"The incident occurred at approximately 6:09 p.m., when agents encountered a man just east of the Calexico Port of Entry suspected of being in the United States illegally", the Customs and Border Protection news release states. 101 individuals are suffering from lice and skin infections, according to department's data.

Meanwhile, conditions for the migrants in the tent city encampment worsened overnight with heavy winds and rain - flooding overcrowded spaces, leaving wet clothes, sleeping bags and litter strewn about an unsanitary and inhumane existence.

Sunday's arrests were the tipping point of weeks of anticipation as thousands of migrants journeyed from Central America through Mexico in hopes of seeking asylum in the US. There are only 35 portable restrooms at the site.

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The MSNBC reporter on scene claims that after speaking with migrants biding their time in shelters near the border, that numerous would-be asylum seekers were told that crossing the border would be a relatively painless process, and that majority would be eligible for available work programs created to help them integrate into American culture and society.

A self-identified member of the violent gang MS-13 was arrested on Saturday, telling authorities that he traveled to the United States with the migrant caravan.

Preparations for the new shelter have been in the works for days, officials said. "We won't raise taxes tomorrow to pay for today's problem", Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum told Fox News.

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Most migrants hope to gain asylum in the United States, but face months of delays.

Fox News' Catherine Herridge contributed to this Fox News report, which is used by permission.

Migrants who walked and hitchhiked for two months through Central America and Mexico are now faced with dire living conditions and a lengthy USA asylum process. "Some have sick relatives, some miss their families, some are surprised by the conditions here, which are not what they imagined", Ivonne Aguirre of the International Organisation for Migration told The Washington Post.

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