Migrants wait in line to receive breakfast outside a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. | Mario Tama / Getty Images…
Migrants wait in line to receive breakfast outside a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. | Mario Tama / Getty Images
A group of immigrant women in the caravan announced Thursday that they would start a hunger strike to protest at the slow pace they are allowed to apply for asylum, as officials from the United States and Mexico will meet this weekend to negotiate a plan to process their claims.
The fast, which has no end date, represents a dramatic escalation of immigrants, most of whom have been waiting in Tijuana, Mexico, to cross into the United States through official ports for weeks entry.
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The protest raises the efforts of the United States and Mexico governments, wh I have been engaged in a back and forth on how to treat immigrant asylum languages. On Sunday, Donald Trump said on Twitter that Mexico would essentially serve as a waiting room for immigrants, as their applications are being processed in the United States, although Mexican officials said no agreement had been agreed.
Fifteen women are set to start striking, and they expect the number to increase gradually. The women who led the group said they want governments to speed up humanitarian visas for them, to increase the number of immigrants who may cross the United States and to stop any expulsion against immigrants.
“There is nothing worse than living on the rise, resistance to hunger,” said one of the women at a press conference live streamed by immigration law group Pueblo Sin Fronteras. “We are not afraid.”
The women also said they would send a delegate to participate in talks with Mexican immigration authorities.
The fast could press the upcoming administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was inaugurated as Mexican president last Saturday. US secretary for home security Kirstjen Nielsen and Prime Minister Mike Pompeo are expected to meet with the upcoming administration, including soon Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard, to impede a plan to deal with migrants after disagreement over the weekend.
Last month, the outgoing Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto announced a plan that provided temporary employment to migrants in two states in southern Mexico, aimed at luring them to continue to wander north. US authorities only allow 40 to 100 migrants to apply for asylum and hundreds of asylum seekers are waiting to cross the time the caravan arrived in Tijuana, across from San Diego, California.
Further discourse on how to deal with asylum seekers has released the interncine fighting in the White House and reveals fallacies among those in government who oppose views about, among other things, using violence against immigrants of troops deployed along the border.
In Tijuana, tensions have risen as self-conscious nationalists have arranged marches against immigrants. Last weekend, when some immigrants broke away from a peaceful protest to cross the border, the US border police used tear gas against them. Irineo Mujica, Head of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the hunger strike comes at a break in the caravan’s negotiations with immigration authorities.
“We have been in talks with the new government, with the old government. They have not fixed anything,” said Mujica. “The government is just continuing to make promises and we continue to wait.”