Some of the tens of thousands of Central American migrants camped out in the U.S.-Mexican boundary waiting to plead their case for asylum at the USA established a hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Mexican authorities blocking their way.
Members of their 6,000-strong caravan, mostly migrants from Honduras, have been sleeping outside, on chilly floors or on mats at an overcrowded shelter because they came in Tijuana town throughout the border from San Diego, California, three months ago.
Mexican immigration government on Thursday started hauling a few of the migrants through buses to some other shelter to help decrease the strain. Underneath the brutal immigration policies introduced by the government of President Donald Trump, U.S. boundary officials say they might need to stay put in Mexico for weeks until they could petition the government.
U.S. customs and border control officials fired tear gas canisters to Mexico at heaps of migrants who attempted to hurry boundary fencing on Sunday. On Thursday, as a steady rain fell and partly flooded the sports complex serving as the primary refuge, it was Mexican authorities who stopped over a dozen migrants in the caravan approaching the local El Chaparral border crossing.
“What the authorities do is unfair. The truth is we’re fighting for our faith,” said among those migrants,” Gerson Madrid, a 22-year-old Honduran who began the trek to the USA in early October to provide for a young daughter he left behind.
Madrid said the team was beginning a hunger strike to draw attention to this standoff.
“Why are (the authorities ) treating us as that when we are not causing the Mexican people any difficulty” He explained.
Officials with Mexico’s human rights commission said the new centre opened Thursday is larger than the sport complex, which could manage just about 2,000 individuals, and will guarantee migrants aren’t forced to sleep out in the open.
Overcrowding and cooler temperatures and rain have helped disperse illness among migrants, such as flu-like sicknesses, lice, and chicken pox, according to city officials who declined to be named because they weren’t authorized to talk to the media. Regardless of the conditions, lots of caravan migrants appeared decided to wait as long as it requires, with over 600 applying for work permits in Mexico earlier this week, according to Mexican officials.
Trump has threatened to”eternally” near the U.S.-Mexican boundary if Mexico doesn’t deport those assembled in Tijuana.
Mexico’s government has pushed right back, asserting that the migrants have a right to inquire U.S. officials for asylum. U.N. agencies stated that this week asylum seekers fleeing violence or persecution are eligible to pay claims to attain refuge.