Correspondent focusing on Mexico, Central America and other parts of Latin America
Joshua Partlow Correspondent focusing on Mexico, Central America and other parts of Latin America 18 November at 16.00 TIJUANA, Mexico…
TIJUANA, Mexico – For the past month, the American migrant caravan has been taken care of by generous Mexicans who have donated food and shelter for thousands of slow roads north to the border with the United States.
Now that the caravan has arrived in Tijuana, a city with immigrants itself, the reception has become noticeably cooler. On the US side, the Marines have fortified the border with extra barbed wire, and the US authorities have warned that they do not allow large groups of immigrants to enter. On the Mexican side, Tijuana mayor referred to the migrants as “bums” and a “horde” and a small group of residents held a protest on Sunday morning and called “No to the invasion!” And “They are terrorists!”  Jaime Malacara, 48, working in private security, joined several dozen others in a circle to express fear in the caravan. He is afraid that the thousands of Central Americans who have come are bad people who will hang and increase the crime in an already violent city.
“Think about many of the bad guys – not everyone is bad, but a little bad – start making a bunch here?” Malacara said. “Those who violate the law should not be here.”
The protest took place at a statue of Cuauhtémoc, an Aztec ruler, and the participants appeared to be outperformed by dozens of journalists from all over the world who have converged here to monitor the progress of the caravan. The residents of the protest were most concerned about increasing crimes, a possible confrontation with the United States and how more caravans could follow if this could pass.
“We are facing uncontrolled migration,” said Edgar Martínez, 42, a teacher and a double American-Mexican citizen.
He said he feared that the caravan would eventually try to push its way across the border, causing the United States to shut down the legal intersection that many in Tijuana rely on for their daily work and affairs.
“If they are overtaking, they will close the limit. It will affect the people here,” said Martínez. “We wait up to three hours to cross the border at times. We do not want it to be sex. “
In the whole city, residents who supported the migrants and their right to seek asylum in the United States held a collection.
In the past week, caravan members fired into Tijuana, sheltered at a sports facility adjacent to a highway and border line. Volunteers from church groups and others have given food and medicine and entertained the migrant children by singing songs and making balloon animals.
Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum has been less supportive. He described the influx of migrants as a problem for Tijuana and dismissed the claim that many fly from violence and political persecution.
“Human Rights should be reserved for righteous people,” said Gastélum last week.
President Trump arrested Mayor’s comments in a tweet on Sunday, writing: “Tijuana, Mexico Mayor, said just that “the city is unprepared to handle these many immigrants, the lag can take 6 m incidents. “Similarly, the United States is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand it. They cause crimes and major problems in Mexico. Go home!