Mexican city shuts down migrant shelter near US border

A migrant family with their belongings packed waits in their tent on the street for buses to arrive to carry them to a new shelter, in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. By Saturday afternoon, most of the thousands of migrants who had been campThe Associated Press
A migrant family with their belongings packed waits in their tent on the street for buses to arrive to carry them to a new shelter, in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. By Saturday afternoon, most of the thousands of migrants who had been camped out at the sports complex had agreed to move to the new, more distant shelter. Others decided to try their luck camping in the street near the former shelter or look for their own accommodation.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The city government of Tijuana announced Saturday that it has closed down a migrant shelter at a sports complex close to the U.S. border that once held about 6,000 Central Americans hope to get into the U.S.

Officials said all the migrants were being moved to a former concert venue much farther from the border. The city said in a statement the sports complex shelter was closed because of "bad sanitary conditions."

Experts had expressed concerns about unsanitary conditions that had developed at the partly flooded sports complex, where the migrants were packed into a space adequate for half their numbers. Mud, lice infestations and respiratory infections were rampant.

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