These Pictures Reveal the Real Conditions Migrants Are Living in at the Mexico Border

Children cry outside collapsed makeshift tents, while people try to salvage their belongings from the mud and standing water engulfing the temporary camp.
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These Pictures Reveal the Real Conditions Migrants Are Living in at the Mexico Border Pedro Pardo/AFP

Asylum seekers, including families with small children, have been forced to sleep outdoors in an open-air sports stadium or in makeshift tents in an overcrowded shelter since arriving in Tijuana, enduring wet and muddy conditions, reported Chantal Da Silva.

A group of asylum seekers camping out at the U.S.-Mexico border have started a hunger strike to protest Mexico's efforts to block them from making their way to U.S. The protest group is part of a caravan of thousands of Central American asylum seekers who have waited for weeks in the Mexican border town of Tijuana to process their asylum claims.

U.S. asylum officers are processing no more than 100 claims a day, and asylum seekers have been warned that they could be stuck waiting in Tijuana for many more weeks, if not months.

The hunger strike at the border comes almost a week after U.S. Border Patrol officers fired tear gas at the caravan after hundreds rushed the border.

Images and video of asylum seekers, including families with small children, running from the tear gas prompted widespread outrage against the Trump administration, with the Mexican government itself calling for an investigation into the use of nonlethal weapons.

President Donald Trump defended the decision to deploy the chemical agent, initially claiming, incorrectly, that Border Patrol had used a "very minor form" of tear gas.

The president also questioned why parents with children would be "running up into an area where they know tear gas is forming" and went on to accuse asylum seekers, without any evidence, of being "grabbers," or people who had stolen children in order to increase their chances of getting asylum in the U.S.

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These photos show the conditions Central American asylum seekers are living in at the Mexico border. Children cry outside collapsed makeshift tents, while people try to salvage their belongings from the mud and standing water engulfing the temporary camp.

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A makeshift tent collapses into the mud after heavy rain in Tijuana. Guillermo Arias/AFP