Caravan migrants declare hunger strike to pressure US

Saul Bowman
December 1, 2018

Over 2,200 migrants in Tijuana are suffering from serious health issues.

The criticism came after the president told reporters to take their cameras into the middle of the caravan, adding that there are MS-13 - many news outlets then criticized President Trump for the lack of evidence in his statement.

Other health concerns include the threat of a hepatitis outbreak due to unsanitary conditions.

The decision not to prosecute came despite President Donald Trump's vow that the USA will not tolerate lawlessness and after extensive preparations were made for the caravan, including deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to the border. There are only 35 portable restrooms at the site.

Preparations for the new shelter have been in the works for days, officials said. "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?" "We won't raise taxes tomorrow to pay for today's problem".


But many heading for home fear they won't be able to win asylum bids.

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

Then on Sunday, a group of the migrants attempted to cross into the United States near the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

As Mexican officials try to move the more than 6,000 Central Americans packed into the open-air sports complex next to the border to a facility 10 miles (15 kilometers) from the nearest crossing, desperation has mounted among the migrants who arrived in Tijuana more than two weeks ago. "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.

Hondurans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Nicaraguans are among those giving up and heading back to Central America with little hope of entering the US.

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