Mexican Protesters In Tijuana Demand Caravan Migrants Be Deported

Elias Hubbard
November 23, 2018

Some of the largely Honduran migrant were frightened over the weekend when about 500 people in an affluent district of Tijuana staged angry protests against the caravan.

As many as 10,500 migrants are now camped in Tijuana and elsewhere in Mexico, officials said, a lot of them part of the caravans of Central Americans that broke into Mexico last month, overwhelming authorities on that country's southern border.

US border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego, and there was already a waiting list of 3,000 when the new migrants arrived, so most will have to wait months to even be considered for asylum.

What this means: Most of the deployed troops are in Texas, and most of the migrants - about 6,000 as of early Monday - are arriving in Tijuana, which is about 20 miles south of San Diego, California.

The closure of the crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California, kept a large number of Mexicans from entering the USA where there are jobs.

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Given the increasing attention on the caravan, and the insistence by top US officials that the migrants will not simply be allowed to enter the USA, the crowds in Tijuana reportedly may end up having to wait six months for their asylum claims to be heard. In recent days, hundreds of people have reached the city of Tijuana. As the sun rose, they hitched a ride on a passing truck to Tijuana's downtown.

Juana Rodriguez, a housewife, told the AP that the Mexican government needs to conduct background checks on the migrants to make sure they don't have criminal records.

USA border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego.

"We made the determination that we needed to add more control measures at the port of San Ysidro", a senior Homeland Security official said. "I already called my boss to tell her that everything was closed and I did not know what time I would be able to get in", said Maria Gomez, a Mexican woman who crosses the border every day for work.

Southbound lanes remained open through the closure. Reports said the migrant caravan first started with 1,000 people but that now it has grown to 5,000 or even more. But we need to reiterate here that the caravan at no point has said they plan on storming the border. Countless residents of rural areas pressed fruit and bags of water into the migrants' hands as they passed through southern Mexico, wishing them safe journeys. They're getting food and water and clothing. The city's privately run shelters have a maximum capacity of 700. This anti-caravan march wanted to march to the shelter.

Reinforcements were sent by US President Donald Trump with the goal of helping bolster the border ahead of the expected arrival of caravans of Central American migrants.

But many residents fear with the passage of time their presence will take its toll and crime could go up. He said he came with the caravan and had blisters on his feet. Can this be possible?

Trump issued a proclamation on November 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border illegally would be ineligible for asylum.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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