‘They are criminals!’ Tijuana mayor threatens to sue migrant caravan organizers

‘They are criminals!’ Tijuana mayor threatens to sue migrant caravan organizers

More than 6,000 migrants who traveled to the northern Mexican city by caravan are camped out hoping to apply for asylum or sneak into the United States, fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries.

Officials said Friday that one caravan member, a 46-year-old Honduran man convicted of murder, was arrested trying to cross the border illegally.

U.S. Border Patrol helicopters flew overhead, while U.S. agents held vigil on foot beyond the wire fence in California.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastlum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million, which he says is struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.

"The fact that Border Patrol arrested a murderer within the first caravan-related apprehensions at our southern border proves how real the threat of the caravan is to our national security and public safety", said department spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton.

The department announced Friday that the man, who was identified as 30-year-old Wuilson Lazo-Ramos, was arrested near Ajo, Arizona.

A migrant helps bundle and clear trash as most Central Americans leave a sports complex shelter that authorities were trying to close in Tijuana Mexico Saturday Dec. 1 2018
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A Honduran mother said that she was pressured to join the border rush on November 25 that culminated in American Border Patrol officers shooting tear gas into the mob to disperse them.

Officials say it appeared most of the rocks were thrown from the Mexico side and no one was charged on the US side with assaulting the agents.

Officials with Mexico's human rights commission said the new facility opened on Thursday is bigger than the sports complex, which can handle only about 2,000 people, and will ensure migrants are not forced to sleep out in the open.

One of those men had been previously deported.

US authorities are working on a new system to better record evidence if similar circumstances arise, the official said. Mud, lice infestations and respiratory infections were rampant. On Saturday he was nabbed near the San Ysidro border crossing along with two other Honduran illegal immigrants, having just crossed without permission. The administration had still not shown that the ban was legal, or that any harm would come from continuing to implement existing immigration laws, Tigar said in his order.

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