Trump administration vows to prosecute migrants in future
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 02, 2018,
Dec 02, 2018, 1:56
Around 6,000 Central American migrants, who arrived in Tijuana in order to try and cross the U.S. border, stayed in the tent city camp, with the conditions worsening after nights with heavy winds and rains, leaving wet clothes, sleeping bags and litter all around town after the overcrowded areas were flooded.
The caravan's size is highly unusual, there are more than 6,000 people waiting at the border with Tijuana, Mexico, and the Trump administration has conveyed an image of the group as rife with criminals.
Tensions escalated on the southern border last weekend as the United States authorities used tear gas on hundreds of migrants who attempted to cross into California near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The San Diego Sector Border Patrol's Foreign Operations Branch corroborated the man's admission with the Honduran Consulate in Los Angeles and discovered that Ramirez served 16 years in a Honduran prison for his crime. Two other men, ages 22 and 38, were also arrested while attempting to illegally cross the border, and discovered to be Honduran nationals.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told The Hill that it has addressed other federal government agencies "to defend our sovereignty, protect our frontline men and women and secure our border".
US President Donald Trump, who has called the caravan an "invasion" full of "hardened criminals" and "thugs", is seeking to overhaul asylum policy to keep applicants out pending approval.
Then on Sunday, a group of the migrants attempted to cross into the United States near the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
After calling the migrant caravan a "humanitarian crisis", Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum said he can not continue to fund the shelters for migrants without federal support. He was with a 12-year-old boy who he took under his wing after the boy's parents left the caravan to return to Honduras.
Overcrowding along with cooler temperatures and rain has already helped spread illness among migrants, including flu-like sicknesses, lice and chicken pox, according to city officials who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
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Mark Tapscott is a senior investigative journalist.