>> Rain turned the earth to mud in this tense city where thousands of migrants sought shelter inside a Tijuana stadium. And a handful of them have launched a hunger strike to protest their conditions and the Mexican police blocking them from reaching the US border where many hope to find refuge and claim asylum.
>> Because we need the situation to be easier. The conditions we are in are not the best. There are many sick children in the shelter, so we need to leave as soon as possible.>> Many of these families are from Honduras and fled gang violence and economic hardship for what they hoped were better opportunities in the US.
But President Donald Trump has called these migrants an invasion. Deployed the U.S. military to the Southern border and beseeched Mexico to send them back where they came from. On Sunday, US border guards used tear gas when a group tried to approach the border. The Trump administration has been in talks with the Mexican government about keeping the migrants in Mexico while they're asylum claims are processed by US courts.
That would break long standing practice, which allowed asylum seekers to remain in the United States while their case plays out. In the meantime, many of them endure a sort of purgatory. Thursday, Mexico opened a new shelter that some migrants hoped would relieve crowing at the stadium>> Well the reason was that it was flooded, and it continues raining.
It's good that they moved us, and we are waiting for the American government to give us permission to enter their country to help our families.>> But despite the difficult conditions, many seem determined to wait in Mexico for their chance to make their case to the United States, with more than 600 applying for permits to work in Mexico this week, according to the foreign ministry.