Caravan migrants from Central America that are stuck in Tijuana, Mexico are reportedly trashing the area, leaving behind bottles of urine and mountains of trash.
The news comes as migrants are facing increasing backlash and negative attitudes from local Mexican residents, as the overwhelming majority of Mexican residents — 73% — hold negative views towards the migrants, according to a poll from the Mexican newspaper El Universal.
Fox News journalist Kyle Rothenberg captured video from areas where migrants have stayed in Tijuana which show mountains of garbage and filth.
Rothenberg captured another video showing the migrants “building a mountain of wet clothes and garbage at the #TijuanaBorder shelter.”
Rothenberg also captured pictures of bottles of urine that were left behind:
Another video captured by Rothenberg shows migrants, who were apparently sick, spitting and coughing everywhere, writing: “A symphony of spitting and coughing here at the #TijuanaBorder #caravan – officials say 60% have respiratory infections…3 confirmed cases of TB, 4 HIV/AIDS cases, widespread lice…”
Some of the migrants have started to change their minds about wanting to enter the U.S., as an MSNBC reporter said last week that many of the migrants are now wanting to return home after they were falsely told “that crossing the border would be a relatively painless process, and that most of them would be eligible for available work programs designed to help them integrate into American culture and society.”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report last month that also warned that hundreds of convicted criminals were embedded in the migrant caravan.
“In fact, over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership,” DHS reported. “Those include a number of violent criminals – examples include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual assault on a child, and assault on a female.”
“@DHSgov can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories,” department spokesperson Tyler Houlton wrote on Twitter. “Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.”