01 December, 2018
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. Lice and respiratory illnesses have also been reported. "The truth is we are fighting for our rights", said one member of the 'caravan.' "Why are (the police) treating us like this if we're not causing them or the Mexican people any trouble?"
Around 350 have asked Mexican authorities for help in returning, with around 200 leaving already.
According to Fox News, "the total number of migrants in Tijuana alone break down this way: 6,062 total, comprising of 3,877 men, 1,127 women and 1,058 children". Majority remain determined to enter the US, although some have accepted temporary work and asylum from Mexico.
It was the middle of the night Thursday at the U.S. -Mexico border, next to the first of two U.S border fences separating Tijuana from San Diego, and an Associated Press photographer was there to capture the moment the man, holding his toddler close, chose to take a chance, looking for a different, better life than the one he had back in Honduras or in a bleak, overcrowded shelter in Tijuana.
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The fate of the 42 immigrants remains unclear but Customs and Border Protection said they will face deportation. "Ramirez claimed he traveled with the migrant caravan from Honduras to Guatemala and Mexico". They were forced to stop at the American border, which has been heavily reinforced following directives from US President Donald Trump, who has labelled the caravan an "invasion".
Ivonne Aguirre of the International Organisation for Migration told The Washington Post: "Some have sick relatives, some miss their families, some are surprised by the conditions here, which are not what they imagined".
On Sunday, the USA closed its busiest border crossing, San Isidro, for several hours after a standoff between border guards and migrants.
Tear gas was sacked at the migrant group, including women and children.