US Customs and Border Protection Special Response Team officers are seen through concertina wire at the San Ysidro Port of Entry after the land border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico November 19, 2018.
As many as 10,500 migrants are now camped in Tijuana and elsewhere in Mexico, officials said, majority part of the caravans of Central Americans that broke into Mexico last month, overwhelming authorities on that country's southern border.
United States border inspectors are now processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego, and Juan Manuel Gastelum, mayor of Tijuana, said he estimates the migrants will remain in his city for at least six months as claims are processed.
In the lead-up to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump and others in his administration were accused of making unfounded suggestions that foreign terrorists could be among a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants traveling toward the U.S.
Currently, there are approximately 5,800 troops deployed to the border.
Among the gripes, according to El Mexicano, was the caravan's complaints over food they've been given at shelters, and demands that they do small chores in exchange for a place to stay. Numerous sentiments echoed the words of Tijuana's mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelum, who said in an interview with Milenio television, quote, "sure there are some good people in the caravan, but many are bad for the city".
About 3,000 migrants from the various Central American caravans are already in Tijuana and thousands more are expected throughout the week.
FREDRICK: Well, a source within Customs and Border Patrol told NPR that they're sending another 500 Border Patrol agents to the San Ysidro port, the main port here in Tijuana.
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Another crucial item is the fate of cross-border workers, an important matter for Spain as there are around 10,000 Spaniards who cross for work into Gibraltar every day.
The military troops President Trump ordered deployed to the US southern border will be home by Christmas.
Around 110,000 people enter the United States daily through the crossing.
It also caused a massive traffic backup for US citizens trying to get back home after visiting Mexico.
The migrant caravan is mostly of people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Calling it an "invasion", Mexican protesters declared, "No more Caravans", and "Let's save Tijuana, no more caravans!"
Under the draw-down order, the first soldiers to return will be engineering teams, including those in the Rio Grande Valley who've been placing razor and concertina wire at USA ports of entry.
Herson Cordonez, a 29-year-old Honduran, said the actions of a few migrants were tainting the image of the 4,000 to 6,000 in the caravan, not all of whom have yet reached Tijuana.
A Department of Homeland Security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters in a conference call later that US officials had heard reports some migrants were intending to run through border crossings into California.
"The problem is that there has been bad information circulating on social media, with videos of two or three migrants acting badly, climbing the wall or grabbing food in stores", said Coronel, adding that most are poor people simply trying to find work. "Yes, because it is all a BIG CON, and the American taxpayer is paying for it", Trump said in a pair of tweets.