US Migrant Caravan: Tijuana officials brace more incoming migrants

US Migrant Caravan: Tijuana officials brace more incoming migrants”

The health department spokesman told Fox News that out of the estimated 6,000 migrants in Tijuana, 2,267 are being treated for some kind of health issue.

Tijuana officials have struggled with the migrant influx, warning they couldn't sustain the large migrant population for very long.

The protest group is part of a caravan of thousands of Central American asylum seekers who have been waiting for weeks in Mexican border town Tijuana to be able to process their asylum claims at the USA border.

The location also has only 35 portable bathrooms.

Migrants who came with the caravan are suffering from respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox and other serious health issues, Tijuana's Health Department warned on Thursday morning. A sign reading "No Spitting" was put up, as coughing and spitting by migrants are rampant in the shelter. Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said on November 27 that the city only had enough money to support them for a few more days, noting it was spending some $30,000 a day.

"We won't compromise the resources of the residents of Tijuana", Gastelum said during a news conference.

Amid the problems and dire living conditions, some migrants are reportedly self-deporting.

A group of asylum seekers camping out at the U.S. -Mexico border have started a hunger strike to protest Mexico's efforts to block them from making their way into the U.S., Reuters has reported.

Still, asylum seekers say they are frustrated with Mexican police blocking them from accessing the USA border, with 22-year-old Honduran Gerson Madrid telling Reuters: "What the police are doing is unfair".

Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the country could offer at least 100,000 work permits to Central Americans who ultimately want to enter the U.S. There is a high demand for factory workers in northern Mexico and for workers for the "Maya Train" project in southern Mexico, according to the Post.

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