TAPPED OUT: Tijuana Mayor Calls for 'ARREST' of Caravan Organizers, Cuts Funding

A woman rests inside a tent on the street near a sports complex shelter as authorities tried to persuade migrants to move to a new more distant shelter in Tijuana Mexico Saturday Dec. 1 2018

A woman rests inside a tent on the street near a sports complex shelter as authorities tried to persuade migrants to move to a new more distant shelter in Tijuana Mexico Saturday Dec. 1 2018

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 U.S. border, Fox News reported.

Some Central American migrants, mostly men, tried to breach the border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico and California on Sunday, after pushing past a blockade of Mexican police standing guard near the worldwide border crossing in a bid to pressure the U.S to hear their asylum claims.

The mayor of Tijuana added that whoever organized this migrant caravan needs to be held accountable and face criminal charges.

Members of the 6,000-strong caravan, mostly migrants from Honduras, have been sleeping outdoors, on cold floors or on mats in an overcrowded shelter since they arrived in Tijuana city across the border from San Diego, California, three weeks ago. "Those are really criminals because they're dealing with lives, they're dealing with people".

"It's problem he must solve as soon as he gets into office", he said.

A migrant helps bundle and clear trash as most Central Americans leave a sports complex shelter that authorities were trying to close in Tijuana Mexico Saturday Dec. 1 2018
Tough stance on caravan keeps criminals in Mexico

Nearly all of them want asylum in the United States.

"They're not the women and children that you see them putting in the front of the caravan so that is what is photographed all the time", she tells OneNewsNow.

A "vast majority" of the 42 arrested on Sunday were adult males, according to the Department of Homeland Security. According to the memo, it was sent to the Departments of State, Labor, Energy, Transportation, Interior and Justice.

The decision not to prosecute came despite President Donald Trump's vow that the USA will not tolerate lawlessness and after extensive preparations were made for the caravan, including deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to the border.

USA customs and border control officers fired tear gas canisters into Mexico at dozens of migrants who tried to rush border fencing on Sunday. They were forced to stop at the American border, which has been heavily reinforced following directives from Trump, who has dubbed the caravan an "invasion". Border patrol officials identified Mara Salvatrucha, a young man who was caught entering the US illegally, as a member of MS-13.




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