On October 12, 2018, a group of 160 Hondurans in San Pedro Sula, once called the “murder capital of the world,” set out to journey to the United States for a life away from poverty, violence, crime and death. Making the journey by ground, the migrant caravan reached the Mexican border town of Tijuana in a little over a month. The Mexican government repurposed Unidad Deportiva Benito Juárez, a multi-use sports complex, into a temporary shelter with a capacity of 3,000 people, but by the time the caravan arrived in Nov. 15, over 5,000 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador needed shelter, creating a humanitarian crisis.
Some migrants intended to seek asylum or cross the border illegally into the United States, while others planned to settle in Mexico. Local Tijuana residents did not welcome either, and hundreds came out to clash with the police guarding the migrant shelter on Nov. 18, 2019.