The city government of Tijuana announced Saturday that it has closed down a migrant shelter at a sports complex close to the US border that once held about 6,000 Central Americans who hope to get into the U.S.
The San Diego sector has experienced a "slight uptick" in families entering the U.S. illegally and turning themselves in to agents since a caravan of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana two weeks ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Tuesday.
Melanie Hernandez, a migrant at the new shelter, said the desperate situation created by the rain has "improved the humanitarian response" offered by Mexican and USA non-governmental organizations, many of whom are offering clothes, medical care and some legal services.
A man walks amidst discarded belongings as most Central Americans leave a sports complex shelter that authorities were trying to close, in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.
The suspect who helped the children over the border wall to the group did not cross into the U.S., CPB said, according to Yuma's KYMA-TV.
The migrants in Tijuana are part of several caravans that traveled through Mexico in an effort to enter the United States, citing issues such as widespread violence and dismal job prospects in their home countries.
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As McAleenan told Fox News, numerous migrants were "lured" to the United States because they were promised entry because of weak laws - even though many of them do not qualify for amnesty.
Ninety minutes later, she and her family were over the fence. Some are crossing illegally and avoiding the wait.
This is in large part because the caravan organizers promised them they could get into the USA and stay there as their asylum case was heard.
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.
USA officials have restricted applications through the Chaparral gate in Tijuana to between 40 and 100 per day. U.S. Border Patrol agents had the territory between the two barriers heavily covered.
Frustrated with the long wait to apply, with the US processing 100 requests at most each day, some migrants are trying to cross over clandestinely.
"Climb up. You can do it!" One child suffered a facial injury. They turned around and waved to those still on the Mexican side.