Handful of Caravan Migrants Launch Hunger Strike at U.S Border


City officials say they're anxious about money running low and resources running scarce as more than 6,000 Central American migrants crowd the Mexican border town; Jeff Paul reports from Tijuana.

Tijuana officials have struggled with the migrant influx, warning they couldn't sustain the large migrant population for very long.

Among the 2,267 Central American migrants who are ill, at least 101 have lice and skin infections, the Tijuana Health Department reported. Officials warn that due to the poor sanitary conditions in the migrant camp, Hepatitis is also possible.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said Tuesday that the city has enough money to assist the migrants only for a few more days, with the city saying it's spending around $30,000 a day. Eight thousand refugees and migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Gautamala have poured into the city along the US-Mexico border in less than two weeks.

"We won't compromise the resources of the residents of Tijuana", Gastelum said during a news conference. Majority remain determined to enter the USA, although some have accepted temporary work and asylum from Mexico.

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Others have chosen to accept offers of temporary work and asylum from Mexico, yet most still remain committed to entering the U.S.

According to Fox News, "the total number of migrants in Tijuana alone break down this way: 6,062 total, comprising of 3,877 men, 1,127 women and 1,058 children".

Should California opt to take legal action, they would join a growing public protest over the implementation of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, including the use of tear gas against the Central American migrants at the border and the decision to separate migrant children from their parents.

No criminal charges will be filed against the 42 migrants who were arrested after they clashed with Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday.