Rain poured down on a migrant caravan camp Thursday and into the night, turning squalid living conditions into a muddy mess.
It’s gotten so bad that many of the 6,000 migrants are being moved to a different shelter 30 minutes away, according to reporters at the scene.
The migrants — many of them from Honduras — have been complaining about long wait times at the port of entry between Tijuana and the sanctuary state of California as border officials try to process a massive number of asylum requests.
They are also upset about the conditions in the camp, including the food that’s been provided. Others aren’t eating at all, choosing to stage a hunger strike in hopes of prompting officials to move more quickly.
The mayor of Tijuana is complaining, too, but his beef is with the organizers who gathered migrants to bombard the port of entry between his city and San Diego in massive numbers all at once in an effort that, to some, seemed intended to fail.
According to Fox News, Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum — who has been seen wearing a red “Make Tijuana Great Again” hat — wants the caravan organizers arrested for creating what he has described as a “humanitarian crisis.”
“Those are the real criminals because they're dealing with the lives of people,” Gastélum declared.
Feeding, sheltering, and protecting the caravan has been a financial burden on the city of 1.7 million, taking $30,000 out of the municipal budget every day. That source of funding has now run dry.
“We won’t compromise the resources of the residents of Tijuana. We won’t raise taxes tomorrow to pay for today’s problem,” he said earlier.
“I’m not going to break public services to solve this problem,” he vowed again.
A recent border clash after 500 of the caravan migrants rushed the U.S.-Mexico border — with some of them assaulting U.S. Border Patrol Agents — has hurt Gastélum’s city as well by forcing the temporary closure of the busiest land crossing port of entry in the U.S. Legal travel and trade flow across the border in huge volumes on a daily basis.
“In those six hours that the border was closed, we lost approximately 129 million pesos [US $6.3 million],” the mayor pointed out. “That's not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel towards those people who are making problems?”
Three more caravans are making their way north through Mexico.