A Third of Migrant Caravan Participants Have Health Issues Including Lice, Tuberculosis

by Garry Watts December 2, 2018, 1:59
A Third of Migrant Caravan Participants Have Health Issues Including Lice, Tuberculosis

Two of the arrested migrants had been referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution, but US Customs and Border Patrol later asked the DOJ to drop the charges, an administration official told CNN.

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.

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

Meanwhile, several migrants swam around or climbed over the border barrier overnight and were detained by US officials.

A group of asylum seekers camping out at the U.S. -Mexico border have started a hunger strike to protest Mexico's efforts to block them from making their way to U.S. The protest group is part of a caravan of thousands of Central American asylum seekers who have waited for weeks in the Mexican border town of Tijuana to process their asylum claims.

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A self-admitted MS-13 gang member also traveling with the caravan was arrested Saturday. Homeland Security officials have said as many as 600 people in the caravans have criminal records, but have not specified how they know, or given many details.

One Honduran man tried to swim to the USA side but quickly got in trouble in the rough waters of the Pacific. One of them had been previously deported. Charges were not filed because the administration generally doesn't separate families and because Customs and Border Protection didn't collect enough evidence to build cases, including the names of arresting officers, according to a US official familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Franklin Sasa, a 20-year-old bus dispatcher from Honduras who hopes to seek asylum in the US, said the previous shelter was a disaster.

USA authorities are working on a new system to better record evidence if similar circumstances arise in the future, the official said. Mud, lice infestations and respiratory infections are rampant.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a 25-year-old Guatemalan national was arrested after he threw dirt in an agent's face and tried to assault an agent by swinging his belt on November 27.

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