WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Some migrants who are part of the so-called caravan have launched a hunger strike as they continue to wait in an overcrowded, unsanitary encampment in Mexico, furthering tensions at the border.
Brian Griffey with Amnesty International visited the camp in Mexico last week.
“People are staying in a muddy baseball field, taking showers in the cold, exposed elements,” he says, adding that U. S. immigration officials are moving slowly. “Every single day, the U.S. authorities call Mexican authorities and tell them how many people they’re willing to admit each day. We know it’s much lower than their actual capacity.”
Last weekend, tensions at the border resulted in some migrants trying to cross illegally and throwing rocks at the U.S. border agents, who responded by using tear gas on migrants, including women and children.
Now, members of the congressional Hispanic caucus say they are deeply concerned that family separations continue at the border. The lawmakers say the administration claims, without proof, that the parents are criminals.
“But this is not new. We’ve been snatching babies out of their parents’ hands for a while now under this administration,” says Rep. Dina Titus.
Republican leader Kevin McCarthy says the entire immigration system, particularly the asylum system, needs to be fixed.
“I hope the democrats could find a way now to actually put people before politics,” he says.
The Trump administration continues to defend the tactics used at the border as necessary to protect Americans.