Migrants announce hunger strike in favor of asylum in the US

Migrants announce hunger strike in favor of asylum in the US

The migrant caravan, stationed in the city of Tijuana, today announced a hunger strike for men and women, starting this Thursday, as a form of pressure to request that the United States government increase the number of asylum requests that it processes. daily.

A commission formed by women and men today offered a press conference on behalf of the more than 6,000 Central Americans who are in Tijuana.

"We are going to start a hunger strike," said Xóchitl Castillo, who explained that the action will be carried out at the offices of the National Migration Institute (INM) in the El Chaparral port and will be "indefinitely."

He said they will try to approach the migration authorities and recalled that the goal is for the United States to increase the number of people who are served daily, from 40 to 50 people.

"It is a right (to ask for asylum), we have taken the decision of the hunger strike and we will do it," said one Honduran.

Before there was a massive arrival of migrants in Tijuana, in the aforementioned office there was a previous list of requests from more than 1,500 people and they suggested that alternate attention be given to migrants from Mexico, from the states of Guerrero and Michoacán. as Central America.

"We do not want to enter before them, we want a similar entrance, 10 from Michoacán 10 from Guerrero and 10 from us to move forward," said another representative.

They accepted that they could move to another point of the US-Mexico border in case they are guaranteed that they will be taken care of and pointed out that they decided on Tijuana "because it is a safe city".

The representatives denied any type of leadership within the caravan, whose thickness is maintained in the shelter installed in the sports unit "Benito Juárez" on a day with heavy rains, which are announced for more than 72 hours.

According to Mexican authorities, some 9,000 Central Americans arrived in Mexico from October 19 in different groups, of which more than 7,000 arrived in Mexicali and Tijuana, Baja California state, from there seeking asylum in the United States and another 2,000 in other places from the country.

In the shelter installed in the Benito Juárez sports unit in Tijuana, the municipal authorities indicated in their latest registry that there were 6,151 people, 520 girls, 548 boys, 1,147 women and 3,877 men.


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