By now, 3,000 migrants of the many caravans that have traveled through Mexico and other Central American nations have arrived at the US border between Tijuana and San Diego.
Although some in the Mexican border city of Tijuana are sympathetic to the migrants’ plight and try to assist, a great number of locals have shouted insults, hurled rocks and even thrown punches at them. They are afraid that the city is ill-equipped to handle so many migrants at once and fearful that the White House administration of President Donald Trump will close the border if the other migrants (7,000 more are on route) show up.
On Friday already, the Tijuana Mayor Mr Juan Manuel Gastelum said he expected the number of migrants arriving in the city in the coming weeks to reach 10,000 and warned the Mexico City federal government that his town was not prepared to handle the “avalanche”.
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US President Donald Trump echoed those comments in a tweet: “The Mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, just stated that ‘the City is ill-prepared to handle this many migrants, the backlog could last 6 months.'”
“Likewise, the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!”
“They are invaders! They are armed! Get out of the country,” Mexican protesters shouted. Other said they feared that the US would shut the border as a result of all the commotion.
Ms Esther Monroy, 58 years old, said that the number of migrants coming into the city would certainly lead to problems at the border crossing: “Most of us in this depend on business from people coming and going across the border.”
“If they close it, it will be [the migrants’] fault.”
“If the government can’t control all this, organised crime and drug cartels will,” Another local, Mr America Villa added. “We don’t care who does it, but they have to take responsibility for these people.”
Tijuana’s shelters can normally hold a maximum capacity of 700 migrants. At this moment there are 3,000 that have arrived already and 7,000 more are on the way.
In the weeks before the Midterm election, the Democrats blamed the White House administration of fearmongering and claimed that only very few of the migrants would actually show up at the border.
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