Migrants jump border fence in Tijuana to try to reach US

Leroy Wright
December 5, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released surveillance video showing what looks to be two migrant children being handed over from the Mexico side of the wall into Arizona.

Thousands of migrants on the Mexico side of the border are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after a grueling weeks-long journey through Mexico on foot and hitching rides with the goal of applying for asylum in the U.S.

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 3 (UPI) - Thousands of migrants from the Central American caravan in Tijuana, Mexico, have put their names on a waitlist for a preliminary political asylum interview with US authorities - a wait that could be many months. All surrendered to border patrol agents who arrived on the scene. Another three managed to squeeze themselves through a narrow space in the fence.

This breach follows a similar incident when a group of around 500 migrants attempted to storm the United States border near Tijuana on 2 December and reportedly threw projectiles at the U.S. border patrol, prompting American authorities to use tear gas and rubber bullets against the asylum seekers. At least one mother with three children were among those who crossed over.

The caravan migrants reportedly know that once they're in, they have to be processed and it's hard for the United States to throw them out.

Members of the Central American migrant caravan sit next to the border wall in Tijuana Mexico 05 December 2018
Migrant caravan relocated to new shelter farther from the border

After crossing into the United States they were taken in by border patrol officers. "We'll figure out what to do in a couple of days".

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.

The thousands of predominantly Central American migrants who have died or gone missing on the journey to the US are among 56,800 people-including refugees and asylum seekers-worldwide who have died or disappeared since 2014, the AP has found in a separate report.

Last week city authorities bussed them to a concert venue that now acts as a federally run shelter, 14 miles to the south.

He pointed out that now, some 2,500 migrants remain in a migration camp near the Mexican-US border, not far from the city of Tijuana. "That's not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel towards those people who are making problems?"

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