Citing Health Issues, Tijuana Moves Migrants to Shelter Farther from U.S. Border

‘Many if not most are simple economic migrants … ineligible for asylum…’

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Mexican officials announced that the city of Tijuana is shutting down its migrant shelter and moving thousands of Central American migrants seeking access to the U.S. farther south.

The Tijuana shelter held about 6,000 migrants at a sports complex near the U.S.–Mexico border, but due to “bad sanitary conditions,” officials said the migrants are being relocated to a former concert venue away from the border.

Dirt, lice infestations, respiratory infections and other diseases were running rampant at Tijuana’s shelter, which was built to hold less than half of the migrants packed into its rooms, the Associated Press reported. Officials said the shelter no longer had the resources or manpower to assist so many people.

Tijuana officials said they wouldn’t force migrants to leave the shelter, but added that they would stop providing food and medical services in the Tijuana location.

Thousands of Central American migrants continue to join new caravans trekking toward the U.S. border. As many as 10,000 migrants joined are heading to the U.S. from El Salvador, officials said. And 90 percent of the asylum seekers will not meet the criteria to receive asylum. Many of these migrants are “teenage adult males, not families and children,” a Department of Homeland Security official told reporters.

“Many if not most are simple economic migrants seeking to be reunited with families, ineligible for asylum,” the official said.

President Trump has threatened to shut down the entire U.S.–Mexico border if the flood of migrants isn’t stopped.