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Chihuahua Governor holds Juarez meeting; worries about migrant crisis on the border

JUAREZ, Chihuahua (KVIA) -- Chihuahua State Governor Maru Campos met with local and state officials in Juarez to discuss the current migrant situation. She asked the federal government to stop the migrant influx at Mexico's southern border.

"The immigration issue in Juarez has become a serious immigration crisis and according to the data we have and the events of these past days it will become even more serious," Campos said.

Migrants are still camping outside of the National Institute of Migration, living at abandoned buildings, and making their way to the Rio Grande around the streets of Juarez.

Governor Campos said more migrants and other people are still coming to Juarez via trains and other means of transportation.

According to Campos, religious organizations and other migrant advocates calculate, there are around 35,000 migrants stuck in Juarez waiting to cross to the U.S.

The governor also mentioned they have reports of over one thousand migrants crossing daily to the U.S. that are eventually sent back to Mexico through different borders and ports of entry.

Her statement comes after multiple conflicts and other violent situations reported in Juarez involving migrants in the past weeks.

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Heriberto Perez Lara reports for ABC-7 on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.


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