MEXICO CITY – The Tijuana city government announced on Saturday that it had closed a refugee home in a sports complex near the US border, which once held 6,000 Central Americans hoping to enter the US  The migrants were moved far from the border into a former concert hall. The city said in a statement that the sports complex protection was closed because of "poor sanitary conditions".
Experts had expressed concerns about the unsanitary conditions that had developed in the partially flooded sports complex, where migrants were housed in a suitable room for half of their numbers. Mud, lice infestation and respiratory infections were common.
The remaining migrants were taken by bus to the new shelter, located about 1
Tijuana officials said earlier that no one will be forced to move into the new building, a large building and a concrete courtyard known as El Barretal, which was used for concerts and other events until about six years ago. However, they also warned that they would stop providing food and medical services in the Benito Juarez Sports Complex.
The new shelter is operated by the federal authorities.
Also on Saturday in one of its first official acts, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an agreement with his counterparts from three Central American countries to draw up a development plan to contain asylum seekers in the US.
The State Department said the plan included a job creation fund in the region, aimed at tackling the structural causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Thousands of migrants, mostly Hondurans, have joined forces with caravans in recent weeks to flee Mexico and seek refuge at the US border.  Dozens of migrants interviewed by The Associated Press have said they are fleeing poverty and violence in their countries of origin.
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