Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum of Tijuana, Mexico, has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and said Friday he was asking the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants who have arrived.
Officials expect at least 1,500 more people will arrive in the coming days. Manuel Figueroa, who leads the city's social services department, said Tijuana was bringing in portable toilets and showers, as well as shampoo and soap. The migrant caravan that left Honduras in mid-October was mostly well-received by the towns it passed through along the way to the border. Even cities with few resources made sure the migrants had food and a place to rest. But now they could spending months in the border city before they have the opportunity to speak with a U.S. official.
Asylum seekers hoping to enter the United States will be required to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed, according to a new deal reportedly struck between the Trump administration and Mexico’s incoming government. The president Trump tweeted Saturday that “we will only allow those who come into our Country legally. [...]Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum will be detained or turned away.” However, Mexico’s incoming Interior Minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, told media that there were no plans for the country to host asylum seekers. This is considered „a short time solution.” “The medium- and long-term solution is that people don’t migrate,” she said.