Migrant caravan shelter deteriorates into squalor, new shelter opened for migrants

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Agents with the Border Patrol arrested an MS-13 gang member who illegally entered the United States after traveling through parts of Mexico with a migrant caravan.

"Since no one is listening to us, we've decided as a women's movement.to launch a hunger strike", said Claudia Miranda of Honduras at an improvised press conference in the border city of Tijuana.

The only two individuals Customs and Border Protection referred for prosecution ended up not being charged because they had medical problems and could not be held at the San Diego detention center, according to reports.

Administration officials have portrayed the caravan as a lawless, violent mob, saying there are some 600 people in the group who have a criminal history.

Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied the migrants for weeks as part of the aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the aim of Sunday's march toward the US border was to make the migrants' plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S.

Homeland Security said he and the two men he was caught with are being processed for deportation.

"Why are (the police) treating us like this if we're not causing them or the Mexican people any trouble?" 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

But US border authorities limit asylum applications at the San Ysidro border crossing to between 40 and 100 per day, and thousands of people are trapped in the bottleneck.

Families and children are priorities for covered areas, Figueroa said. About 1,000 tried to rush the border and illegally cross into the U.S., Border Patrol chief Carla Provost said.

Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol's parent agency, referred only two cases to the Justice Department for prosecution and charges were not filed because the accused had medical problems that prevented them from being held in San Diego's detention center, according to the USA official.

USA authorities are working on a new system to better record evidence if similar circumstances arise, the official said.

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

"They make the decision for a variety of reasons", Ivonne Aguirre, a program coordinator with the International Organization for Migration, which is assisting migrants with returning home, told the Washington Post.

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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