Caravan Migrants Resort To Hunger Strike In Last-Ditch Effort For Asylum

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There is now a group of migrants from the caravan at the southern border who are on a hunger strike and are carrying white flags. They marched about 200 yards Thursday afternoon before they were met by a group of Mexican federal police officers in riot gear. 

The lead marchers demanded to pass to the border, but officers refused to step aside. This altercation happened about four blocks from the border fence.

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The group of around 20 migrants, mainly women and children, stood their ground. They pleaded for compassion while officers said they couldn’t risk a repeat of Sunday’s violence that ended with tear gas being launched into the crowd that included women and children. 

The group, comprising 25 women and 25 men, broke into song and prayer. They also announced their plan to protest at 1pm local time in front of immigration offices at the crossing between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego on Thursday.

This uprising happened while it was revealed that hundreds of migrants have decided to return to the gang-plagued Central American countries because conditions are so bad in the Benito Juárez sports complex. It is now a temporary home to an estimated 6,000 people.

A committee of women migrants announced at a press conference on Thursday that they would go on hunger strike to pressure both the Mexican government and US border officials to speed up the process for asylum.

Claudia Miranda, a Honduran national, denied that the move was a political stunt. She claimed it was organized entirely by females who were tired of “not having a voice.”

She said the 50 participants would not eat until an agreement was reached to either give them humanitarian visas to temporarily stay in Mexico or have US officials finally process their claims.

Miranda accused the US in particular of using “illegal” delaying tactics to try to make the migrants lose faith and return to their gang-plagued lives in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

“We need answers. We are not operating in a clandestine way. We came here for a reason and we want the Mexicans and the Americans to respect the process,” she added.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a tweet after the Sunday encounter that the actions by the migrants were “dangerous and not consistent with peacefully seeking asylum.”

“The perpetrators will be prosecuted,” she said.

Credit: Daily Mail