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Tijuana Declares Humanitarian Crisis

The mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastelum, has declared a humanitarian crisis and has asked the United Nations for aid to deal with approximately 5,000 Central American migrants. Volunteers have worked to assist the 4,976 men, women and children who have arrived after more the a month on the road.

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 but it wasn’t enough. “Because of the absence, the apathy and the abandonment of the federal government, we are having to turn to international institutions like the U.N.,” Figueroa said.

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.

The mayor also criticized the Mexican federal government for not taking more seriously President Donald Trump’s threat Thursday to shut down the border if his administration determined Mexico had lost “control” of the situation in Tijuana.

The Central American migrant are facing their biggest hurdle, crossing the border and getting asylum. If things don’t work out as planned what next?

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