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Migrants met with fear, disdain in Tijuana, Mexico

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By Dennis Romero

TIJUANA, Mexico &#821

1; In 2016, when as many as 3,000 haitians flew Hurricane Matthew landed in Tijuana without a legal road north, locals and Leaders offered housing, clothes and jobs.

“There are some people in Tijuana should quote with pride,” said Everard Meade, director of the Trans Border Institute at the University of San Diego. He summarizes Tijuana’s response: “The United States could not do anything for them, but we did.”

Mexico has long been a welcoming intersection in America with Tijuana’s northern square. But this time, with an estimated 10,000 US immigrants striving to cross the border with the United States, the good will to fade and hostility grows.

Workers strengthen security on the US side border fence with Mexico, seen from Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, November 15, 2018. Pedro Pardo / AFP – Getty Images [19659012] Tijuana Conservative Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has complained bitterly about the influx, local news stores have asked who organized caravan and social media platforms have spread stories of Central Americans who use drugs.

“Human rights should be reserved for righteous people,” said Gastelum last week.

Like many places in the world, Tijuana has become infatuated with the kind of neo-nationalism embraced by President Trump, and some political leaders are too willing to knock it on headlines, Meade said.

“Trump has infected the mayor of Tijuana,” says Enrique Mo Ron, founder of Border Angels, a pro-migrant group with members in the US and Mexico.

On Wednesday, not in my backyard locals in the Upper-Middle Class Playas de Tijuana, where some immigrants live, collapsed physically with some of the newcomers.

“There are many expressions of xenophobia against them,” said Victor Clark-Alfaro, a professor of Latin American studies in San Diego State University, living in Tijuana. “There is a division in our society because there are more people who do not want to live here.”

Lecturers planned to rally Sunday at the monument to the Aztec ruler Cuauhtémoc in the city’s shopping and nightlife in Zona Rio against the estimated 2600 immigrants in Tijuana [19659007] At a press conference on Saturday outside the border of Angels Playas de Tijuana immigrant home, the president’s emeritus Sara Gurling called the mayor’s receipt of human rights “very dangerous.”

“People with good conscience must call this mayor to stop these words,” she said. “He calls the worst of the human spirit to rise to the most vulnerable.”

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands of Traveling from Central America on its way to the United States stands in a line to receive cups of coffee in a temporary camp at a gas station where migrants wait for buses that take them to the Mexican border town of Tijuana, in Navojoa, Mexico, November 16, 2018. [19659011] Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

But the mayor found a problem that argued. He has generated headlines in the United States, where the Conservative Daily Caller noted that Gastelum describes the American migrants as an unfriendly “horde”.

Santiago Alvarado, 29, looked at the pro-gig conference with skepticism.

“People are afraid to come here,” he said, investigating a beach divided by bollards that mark the border. Alvarado said the caravan was filled with MS-13 gang members, a requirement that was discounted by those traveling with the migrants. “They have many mara salvatruchas.”

He claims another statement by some of the migrants’ critics in Tijuana: “They are not grateful for what people have done for them.”

“This country is not yours,” he said.

Meade at the University of San Diego said that although local and state governments may not have the resources to help migrants, it’s likely not to be a humanitarian crisis in Tijuana, as some have predicted.

He said there are thousands of jobs, especially in the manufacturing and construction industry, in Tijuana, a subway area with up to 2 million inhabitants.

“Everyone can work in Tijuana right now,” he said. 19659007] Some in Playas de Tijuana are upset for the caravan inspired Trump to cure border crossings by closing lanes in the southwestern ports, making life unhappy for an estimated 30,000 Tijuana residents working in the United States.

“I was born and raised in Tijuana,” said resident Marco-Antonio Gonzalez, 47, who said that his two sons lived in the United States as citizens. “How this [caravan] was made was disrespectful. They cause problems. We do not know who they are.”

He said he has seen migrants throw unwanted food and throw away donated non-branded clothing.

“You must be humble,” said Gonzalez.

Members of the US Army install multiple levels of concert councils along the Rio Grande beaches near the Juarez Lincoln Bridge at the US-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas, November 16, 2018. [19659011] Eric Gay / AP

But Honduras Freddy Mendez, 33, said he only came to Tijuana to get to the other side. He stressed that he was grateful even though he faced “much criticism” here.

Yo soy muy agradecido ” he said – “I am very grateful.”

As immigrants set up tent at a local sports facility and others stayed in the churches and half-homes in the area, Border Angels leader in Tijuana, Hugo Castro said, “There is an environment of fear.”

Travel has been on foot for weeks, sometimes for 12 or more hours a day, he said, and that may mean they do not seem to be enthusiastic.

“They are very tired,” Castro said.

On the beach, families floated in the water. The fallsole was brighter than chrome. A mariscos fighter bombed a cumbia version of the built-in son Carlos Santana “Oye Como Va” on a speaker.

Even when she kneeled in the sand to help a new arrival, translated paperwork, Tijuana residents Audra Farias complained: “There are too many people.”

The person she helped was Leonel Lagos, 23, of Honduras , who carried photocopies of pictures on his beaten home, destroyed by gangsters trying to shake him down. He hoped to apply for asylum in the United States

Question about it was true that immigrants did drugs and showed impatient attitudes Lagos, who seemed to be exhausted as he slamed on the beach, surrounded by the curious, pulled. 19659007] “I’ve just come here,” he said.

It is unlikely that migrants will receive asylum, experts say, but those who make it to the border crossing will be greeted with a sculpture modeled after Philadelphia’s sculpture Robert Indiana LOVE. It reads TJTQ, because Tijuana loves you.

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