Women from Migrant Caravan in Tijuana Plan Hunger Strike


Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the country could offer at least 100,000 work permits to Central Americans who ultimately want to enter the U.S. There is a high demand for factory workers in northern Mexico and for workers for the "Maya Train" project in southern Mexico, according to the Post.

Members of the "migrant caravan" now camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego, California, told MSNBC late Tuesday that they were told making entrance into the United States would be much easier and that they're ready to make the long journey back home.

A group of asylum seekers camping out at the U.S. -Mexico border have started a hunger strike to protest Mexico's efforts to block them from making their way to U.S. The protest group is part of a caravan of thousands of Central American asylum seekers who have waited for weeks in the Mexican border town of Tijuana to process their asylum claims.

Two of the arrested migrants had been referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution, but US Customs and Border Patrol later asked the DOJ to drop the charges, an administration official told CNN.

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Mr Trump threatened to close the border permanently after the migrant caravan reached the border.

"Since no one is listening to us, we've decided as a women's movement.to launch a hunger strike", said Claudia Miranda of Honduras at an improvised press conference in the border city of Tijuana.

"Why are (the police) treating us like this if we're not causing them or the Mexican people any trouble?" he said. The Health Department said 6,000 are in the city, while U.S. Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said this week that there are 8,500 spread across Tijuana and nearby Mexicali. Lice and respiratory illnesses have also been reported. The more violent the confrontations, some feel, the less likely the US government will look kindly on their plight. United Nations agencies said this week asylum seekers fleeing violence or persecution are entitled to lodge claims to obtain sanctuary.