Federal officials announced on Friday that Miguel Angel Ramirez, 46, was recently released from a Honduran prison "four months ago" after serving 13 years for homicide and robbery. Homeland Security officials have said as many as 600 people in the caravans have criminal records, but have not specified how they know, or given many details. "Or are they fleeing because they committed a crime and law enforcement is after them in their own country?"
Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the country could offer at least 100,000 work permits to Central Americans who ultimately want to enter the U.S. There is a high demand for factory workers in northern Mexico and for workers for the "Maya Train" project in southern Mexico, according to the Post. That prompted Border Patrol agents to launch tear gas and pepper spray balls to quell the unrest in the crowd that included small children in diapers.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a 25-year-old Guatemalan national was arrested after he threw dirt in an agent's face and tried to assault an agent by swinging his belt on November 27.
Those who were arrested were accused of illegally entering the US; 27 were men and 15 women and children.
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USA authorities are working on a new system to better record evidence if similar circumstances arise in the future, the official said.
"San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said, "It was Border Patrol agents" effort and valued partnership with the Honduran Consulate in Los Angeles that helped us identify a risky convicted felon moving amongst the migrant caravan, '" Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a Friday statement. They briefly escaped and were captured. He also ran and was later captured.
More than one-third of the 6,000 migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, are suffering from serious health issues, including tuberculosis, chickenpox, HIV/AIDS, and respiratory infections, Fox News reported.
"Some of the people have opted to go back home, but many are in the process of applying for visas to stay in Mexico or are planning to wait for asylum in the United States - and they need to be cared for", said Alocer.