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Migrants spill out onto the streets of Tijuana as shelters fill up

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By ITN News Editor November 17, 2018 13:03

Migrants spill out onto the streets of Tijuana as shelters fill up

Thousands of Central American migrants have arrived in Tijuana, piling pressure on shelters and spilling over into local streets as they seek passage across the border to the USA. According to Mexico’s national immigration body, some 9,000 Central American migrants are en route to the country’s north and could possibly also end up in Tijuana. And those who have already arrived are buckling down for a long wait. With shelters full, some have taken to camping on local streets. Trump has declared the caravans an “invasion,” and has sent some 5,800 troops to “harden” the border, including with barbed wire.With some exceptions, Mexico has welcomed the Central Americans, offering food and lodging in towns during their journey. But earlier this week, tensions erupted as locals protested against the presence of the migrants in the city. A popular party town for U.S. tourists, Tijuana has a history of absorbing visitors, including Chinese immigrants in the 19th century. It has a large American population and some 3,000 Haitians settled in the city, just south of San Diego, in 2016 after failing to cross the U.S. border.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 17, 2018 13:03
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