Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Handful of Caravan Migrants Launch Hunger Strike at U.S Border

Handful of Caravan Migrants Launch Hunger Strike at U.S Border

Officials said Friday that one caravan member, a 46-year-old Honduran man convicted of murder, was arrested trying to cross the border illegally.

Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum declared the migrant caravan a "humanitarian crisis" earlier this week, but he's now saying it's too much on the city, according to an exclusive with Fox News. "Because I live on the line, they both want to kill me", he said.

"As DHS confirmed weeks ago, there are at least 600 known criminals in the caravan flow. Or are they fleeing because they committed a crime and law enforcement is after them in their own country?"

USA authorities say assailants threw a "hail of rocks" at Border Patrol agents in the Sunday chaos that erupted during a protest against US asylum laws, striking four who escaped serious injury.

USA authorities say assailants threw a "hail of rocks" at agents, striking four who escaped serious injury. "Some have sick relatives, some miss their families, some are surprised by the conditions here, which are not what they imagined". That prompted Border Patrol agents to launch tear gas and pepper spray balls to quell the unrest.

Officials say it appeared most of the rocks were thrown from the Mexico side and no one was charged on the USA side with assaulting the agents.

Gastélum said that due to the arrival of the caravan, he could be forced to raise taxes for Tijuana's 1.7 million residents, who have already suffered from Sunday's clashes on the United States border, Fox News reported.

Children had been separated from their parents this summer during a period when a zero-tolerance policy was used at the border, but the separations were stopped by Trump following worldwide outrage.

Trump has threatened to "permanently" close the U.S.

The former mayor of Mexico City has welcomed the caravan migrants in speeches, pledging to offer work visas and even jobs building a major train line he has proposed.

An advocate for USA border enforcement says we can be thankful President Donald Trump's border enforcement policies are keeping thousands of migrants stuck in Mexico.

The two other men apprehended are aged 22 and 38.

But assault cases are harder to prove, requiring more investigation and evidence, and it's not clear yet if the men will be charged by federal prosecutors.

More than one-third of the 6,000 migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, are suffering from serious health issues, including tuberculosis, chickenpox, HIV/AIDS, and respiratory infections, Fox News reported.

Hundreds of the migrants are now living in hastily erected tents in Tijuana hoping to be able to cross into the U.S.to claim asylum - and then wait for their claims to be adjudicated by immigration judges.

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