TIJUANA, Mexico (NBC) - A wave of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana overnight with more expected to follow.
According to reports, approximately 2,000 migrants arrived on foot and by bus.
With shelters already at capacity, authorities in Tijuana opened a gymnasium to house about 1,000 people and can expand to house 3,000.
A second group of about 1200 migrants is said to have set out from Mexico City for Tijuana.
A third is reportedly waiting in Mexico City and will head north soon.
Officials in Tijuana are expecting to see up to 10,000 migrants arrive in the coming days.
For those gathering in Tijuana, word that US Border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at the main border crossing with San Diego has many migrants worried they'll be stuck on the Mexican side for weeks.
The top deputy to Baja California says his state has 7,000 jobs available for his "Central American migrant brothers".
As long as they obtain legal residence status in Mexico.
Drone aerials from Tijuana, Mexico, show the wall stretching into the Pacific Ocean that separates Tijuana from San Diego, California.
A popular party town for U.S. tourists, Tijuana has a history of absorbing visitors, including Chinese immigrants in the 19th century.
It has a large American population and some 3,000 Haitians settled in the city, just south of San Diego, in 2016 after failing to cross the U.S. border.