Border Patrol agent hospitalized after being assaulted by illegal immigrant

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officers block the Otay Mesa port of entry from Mexico into the United States early

A group of Central American migrants -mostly from Honduras- get over a fence as they try to reach the US-Mexico border near the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018.

"It was Border Patrol agents' effort and valued partnership with the Honduran Consulate in Los Angeles that helped us identify a unsafe convicted felon moving amongst the migrant caravan", said San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott.

Officials said Friday that one caravan member, a 46-year-old Honduran man convicted of murder, was arrested trying to cross the border illegally.

Those who were arrested were accused of illegally entering the USA; 27 were men and 15 women and children. The San Diego Sector Border Patrol's Foreign Operations Branch corroborated the man's admission with the Honduran Consulate in Los Angeles and discovered that Ramirez served 16 years in a Honduran prison for his crime.

A "vast majority" of the 42 arrested on Sunday were adult males, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The mayor of Tijuana added that whoever organized this migrant caravan needs to be held accountable and face criminal charges. "DHS will not tolerate illegal or forcible entry into our country", DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a statement about the situation.

Hundreds of the migrants are now living in hastily erected tents in Tijuana hoping to be able to cross into the U.S.to claim asylum - and then wait for their claims to be adjudicated by immigration judges.

Ten Central American women taking part in the migrant caravan camped on the US-Mexican border said Thursday (Nov 29) they were starting a hunger strike to pressure American authorities to let them apply for asylum. He was with a 12-year-old boy who he took under his wing after the boy's parents left the caravan to return to Honduras. "That's not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel towards those people who are making problems?" Border patrol officials identified Mara Salvatrucha, a young man who was caught entering the USA illegally, as a member of MS-13.

Mark Tapscott is a senior investigative journalist.

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