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Tourism slumps in Mexico border city since caravan arrives

Children, part of the migrant caravan, ask for sweets at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S are weighing their options after a U.S. court blocked President Donald Trump's asylum ban for illegal border crossers. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

SAN DIEGO — Tour operators and medical and dental offices in the Mexican border city of Tijuana are reporting a slowdown in business since a caravan of Central American migrants arrived.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Sunday that tourists and visitors have been cancelling planned trips to the Mexican state of Baja California since the border crossing shut down briefly a week ago after some migrants tried to rush across.

Tourism-friendly business owners say visitors fear getting trapped in Mexico should the crossing close again.

Antonio Gamboa, who owns a well-known food truck park, says business has slumped 30 per cent.

Mexican authorities began moving Central American migrants out of an overcrowded shelter near the U.S. border on Friday and taking them to a former concert venue further from the crossing.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

The Associated Press