There is no space for sporting events here right now.
This municipal sports facility in the Mexican border town of Tijuana is filled with people. But it has been transformed from a sports facility to something completely different: a temporary home base for thousands of Central American immigrants who say they have no other place to go.
US officials say limited resources and capacity means they can only handle a fraction of the cases on the waiting list every day.
At the same time human rights describe the relationships within this provisional protection, where immigrants are waiting to be unhappy and unhygienic. And things can get a lot worse in the next few days, with rain forecast to drain the area. Tijuana mayor has considered the situation a crisis and says that his city needs more help from federal and international humanitarian officials to handle it.
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Benito Juarez Sports Complex has become Tijuana’s premier immigration home. Here is what looks like and sounds like inside:
Open sewage and drainage pools
From the outside fields at the sports facility it is common to see and hear helicopters flying through air. On the other side of the border, US authorities are watching.
Migrants can also see the U.S. border from here. The large metal cast is in the distance behind the line of blue portable toilets. Nearby, not far from growing piles of garbage, use some outdoor showers. Others clean themselves with water bottles.
Some immigrants tip through the mud, trying to avoid the runoff from nearby bath and bathroom facilities.
The shows came suddenly on Wednesday afternoon. Be careful! Make the way! “
Three people raced into a temporary medical clinic on the shelter, brought a man to a test room and hit a curtain behind him.
In another room nearby, Carlos Betanzo told CNN conditions within the scope of protection more and more concerned. 19659002] “This mode is not so clean inside. The bathrooms are very bad. They sleep on the floor. The sanitation is not so good, “says Betanzos, who works in the field of protection as part of a medical task of doctors and nurses from Nazarene’s church.
Betanzos said that more than 100 patients come to their clinic daily. And more than 200 more goes to another clinic inside the Mexican government.
Many patients show symptoms of the flu, he said. Others have lice or stomach diseases – all treatable.
But in such tight and cramped conditions he said doctors are worried about how Sooner, more serious diseases could spread.
“We are worried,” he said, a major infection. “
Amnesty International said this week that the accommodation does not have sufficient resources for immigrants housed there.
” The Mexican federal, state and municipal population confirmed separately for Amnesty International that the temporary protection did not have adequate food, and health care services, and breathing diseases spread among those who stayed there, “Amnesty says.
Clothesline crosses the air
More than 5,800 immigrants have taken shelter in the complex of Mexico’s social development secretariat. three times over the capacity of the facility, “said Rodolfo Olimpo, a representative of the Baja California State Special Committee on Migration.
And more immigrants are expected to arrive in the next few days.