Caravan Migrants Flee Mexico as Diseases Become Endemic in Tijuana
Lice and respiratory infections are reaching endemic levels inside complex
Members of the Central American migrant caravan are finally coming to terms with the fact they will be unable to enter the US as hundreds begin 'self-deporting' back to Central America.
Even with George Soros-backed attorneys helping to assist them with entry into the US, many migrants are now accepting free flights home rather than stay longer in the sports complex that is becoming a hotbed for infections and diseases.
Lice and respiratory infections are reaching endemic levels inside the Benito Juarez sports complex as health workers warn that it just a matter of time before an outbreak of severe disease.
There are now cases of migrants suffering tuberculosis, chickenpox and skin infections, according to Tijuana's Health Department.
There have now been three confirmed cases of tuberculosis, four of chickenpox, and four cases of HIV/AIDS.
Yesterday, Neon Nettle reported that a top US official confirmed thousands of caravan migrants are made up of "mostly men" and that 90 percent of them wouldn't qualify for asylum.
The tumbledown facility a hundred feet from the Mexico-US border has grown into the last refuge for members of the snaking human convoy who fled gang-plagued Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador about six weeks ago, igniting a political storm and inspiring President Donald Trump to send US troops to the border.
But with Trump's proceeding strong rhetoric and US immigration 'metering' the number of asylum applications to between 40 and 80 cases per day, the actuality of having to spend weeks or even months camped out on blankets and rags in a fetid limbo is hitting homeward.
Mexican officials reported that approximately 200 migrants enlisted this week for repatriation, with more than a hundred have already flown home from Tijuana's airport Monday.
A further 98 were vigorously removed after Sunday's violent clashes at the border when US agents were accused of firing tears gas on a crowd of migrants, including kids.
Clara Daniela, 17, fled El Salvador when her cousin was killed for refusing to join a gang, traveling for 45 days with her partner Jose Hernandez, 25, and one-year-old Fernando, to reach Tijuana.
'We sleep in the open. It's freezing at night. We can't even make a tent as there is nothing to attach it to,' she told DailyMail.com.
'The smell is so bad. There is no privacy for women when you take a shower.
'There are organizations here helping people who have had enough to go home, they take you on a bus and put you on a plane - it's easy.
'We will try to stay for now, but it's becoming more and more tempting to go.'
Honduran national Fanny Roxana Pavon, 25, has been on the road five months but her priority is the health of five-year-old daughter Elizabeth Munoz.
The tumbledown facility a hundred feet from the Mexico-US border has become the last refuge for members of the snaking human convoy who fled gang-plagued Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador around six weeks ago, igniting a political storm and inspiring President Donald Trump to send US troops to the border
'We cannot stay very much longer like this - I just hope they will process our paperwork soon.'
A handful of frantic residents have even used twigs and branches to build nest-like homes with the temperatures likely to turn chilly and rains forecast by the end of the week.
The newest arrivals were able to stake their claims to the restricted area inside an indoor basketball court with bathrooms and showers.
Some latecomers opted for the adjacent playground and garden areas where there are at least trees for shade and shelter.
The vast majority, however, are camped out on almost every spare inch of ground in the neighboring Little Padres baseball field, named in homage to the San Diego Padres MLB team which plays its games 20 miles north.
There were nine open-air showers divided into three blocks, with one nominated for female migrants who use blankets as a makeshift screen for a degree of privacy.
The US-Mexico border fence looms large beyond centerfield, almost casting a shadow directly on the sports complex whose residents can only dream about the new lives they crave on the other side.
There is near constant soundtrack of coughs and sneezing, and the stench from the toilets wafts across the entire camp, mingling with the smell of rotting trash, tobacco and occasional wafts of cannabis smoke.
Carlos Betanzos, 32, a coordinator for the Medical Brigades of Nazarenas, a non-profit ( of the World Wide Evangelical organization) who is providing medical aid to migrants at the Benito Juarez sports center, says 'conditions are there for a major infection.'