City officials in Tijuana, Mexico have opened a sports complex to accommodate the overflow of Ukrainian migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border seeking asylum in the United States.
Enrique Lucero Vazquez, director of Tijuana’s immigration services, says about 2,000 Ukrainians are currently in Tijuana, both near the border with the United States and at the “Unidad Deportiva Benito Juarez” sports complex.
In recent years, the facility has been used to house caravans from Central America arriving in Tijuana.
Vazquez says that in January and February, about 10,000 Ukrainians and 25,000 Russians arrived in Mexico, mostly by plane and on tourist visas.
After Russia attacked Ukraine, some Ukrainians began traveling to Tijuana to seek American asylum, Vazquez said.
The sports complex which was opened to accommodate Ukrainians has a capacity of around 500 people and has showers, bathrooms and internet access. The food, meanwhile, is provided by US non-profit organizations.
Vazquez says that currently between 300 and 400 Ukrainians are processed by US immigration authorities every day.
According to Vazquez, about 3,000 migrants of other nationalities are in the 25 shelters in Tijuana awaiting the lifting of Title 42. About 1,500 of them are from Central America and Haiti, and the other half are for most Mexican nationals, says Vazquez.
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