About 3,000 immigrants are expected to arrive in the Mexican border region, a state official said.

Undersecretary of Immigration Affairs Adriana Minerva Espinoza said those immigrants are expected to spread all over the border region, so Baja California authorities are unaware of how many of those will come to the state.

The figure was considered during a recent meeting held in Mexico City.

Espinoza told reporters around 500 immigrants stayed in Central Mexico in order to request asylum. Those immigrants must remain in the state where the request was made.

National Officer of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees Laura Aceves said 1,607 immigrants had filed for asylum in Baja California. About 60 percent were from Haiti, followed by Hondurans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans.

Mexicali Mayor Norma Bustamante said the city lacks the infrastructure to provide services to new immigrants. Also, the mayor said although the Mexican government provided some relief it was insufficient as pantries given to immigrants had no protein.

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