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First group of migrants from caravan arrive in Tijuana

Posted: 5:52 PM, Nov 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-12 14:24:48Z

TIJUANA, Mexico (KGTV) - The first group of people from the migrant caravan have arrived in Tijuana, according to a Mexican journalist. 

According to journalist Jorge Nieto, the group has 85 people. This group is reportedly people of the LGBTQ+ community and they left the others behind because they felt they were being discriminated against. 

They arrived at the Tijuana bus station, then took buses to an Airbnb in Playas de Tijuana, paid for by U.S. lawyers with the caravan.

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Once at the house, neighbors clashed with the migrants, "Yelling at them go away go to a shelter, this is not your place, all you came here this is a safe area and we are afraid of you," Nieto said shelters aren't an option as they are already over capacity from the last caravan.

Nieto said the migrants defended themselves, saying the neighbors could hurt them as well, "we're not going to make noise, we're not going to make any mess."

One migrant spoke with reporters saying they had the right to seek refuge in another country and pursue a better life with respect.

It's not clear when they plan to turn themselves into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and seek asylum in the United States.

The group will reportedly spend a few days in Tijuana to rest. 

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