Tijuana mayor declares humanitarian crisis as small group breaks away from caravan

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:45 PM PT – Fri. Nov. 23, 2018

As apparent chaos at the border continues, the mayor of Tijuana is taking steps to try and end the migrant issue.

He declared an international humanitarian crisis on Thursday, appealing for help over the situation.

This, as members of the migrant caravan are increasingly pushing to enter the U.S. despite threats from President Trump to shutdown the southern border.

Honduran migrant Leticia Nunes holds her daughter Mailyn as she stands with a small group of other migrants in front of a line of Mexican police in riot gear, when they tried to cross the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Mexican police in Tijuana said a group of about 150 Central Americans broke off from the larger group and came within 500 feet of the U.S.

The migrants reportedly approached armed guards while waving white flags to demonstrate they are peacefully seeking asylum.

In a press conference, the mayor slammed the Mexican federal government for not doing enough to address the situation.

“I will not compromise the public services of the city. I’m not going to spend the money of the people of Tijuana, and I’m not going to interfere with Tijuana as we have not done in these two years.” – Juan Manuel Gastelum, mayor of Tijuana

His sentiment echoes concerns expressed by President Trump over the inability of the U.S. to handle the large waves of migrants seeking asylum.