Migrant Caravan, 2018


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 trek mostly on foot, 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 in Tijuana, 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, overfilling the sports complex and 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—hundreds came out to clash with the police guarding the migrant shelter on Nov. 18, 2018.

A child refugee receives breakfast outside the refugee shelter.

Migrants give each other haircuts inside the temporary shelter.

Men wait in line to receive their breakfast.

A woman escaping gang violence from Honduras brought her children with her on her journey to the US border.

Migrant refugees work at the construction site for Ithala, an event hall in Tijuana. Some Tijuana residents saw the migrants as a source of cheap labor.

Hundreds of Tijuana residents march in protest towards the temporary shelter—many Tijuana residents did not welcome the migrants, who had made their journey by illegally crossing multiple borders.

Tijuana residents clash with local police guarding the migrant shelter.

A Tijuana resident accuses the migrants of burning through Mexican tax dollars.

Shelter staff treat a woman who collapsed from dehydration and heatstroke.

Migrant refugees make use of all space available at the overfilled shelter at Unidad Deportiva Benito Juárez.

Children juggle a soccer ball on the multipurpose field inside the temporary shelter.

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