Caravan Migrants Tell MSNBC, 'We Want To Go Home'

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A "handful" of Central American migrants launched a "hunger strike" this week; telling reporters they're protesting the Mexican authorities now blocking them from reaching the United States border.

The migrant "caravan" - around 5,000 people are now camped out in increasingly unsanitary conditions in Tijuana, waiting to apply for asylum in the United States, tear gassed by U.S. border police - will dominate their early discussions.

Mexican immigration authorities on Thursday began transporting some of the migrants via buses to a new shelter to help lessen the strain.

President Trump threatened to "permanently" close key sections of the US-Mexico border earlier this week should the crisis continue to escalate. However, the ministry agreed to reinforce the border crossings migrants breached on Sunday.

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"What the police are doing is unfair".

Madrid said the group was starting a three-day hunger strike to draw attention to the standoff.

Videgaray, who leaves office this weekend, said the incoming Mexican government was also not planning to accept US demands that it give asylum to the thousands of migrants who have arrived on the US-Mexican border in caravans in recent weeks, Reuters reported.

Although the migrants are hopeful, it doesn't appear the Trump administration is interested in allowing even peaceful asylum seekers to cross the border, charging that the sheer number of migrants awaiting processing is too much for Customs and Border Patrol to handle, and the Trump administration cannot allow migrants to remain in the country pending an asylum hearing if they can't be properly processed. The more violent the confrontations, some feel, the less likely the USA government will look kindly on their plight. -Mexican border if Mexico does not deport those gathered in Tijuana. United Nations agencies said this week asylum seekers fleeing violence or persecution are entitled to lodge claims to obtain sanctuary.