This story is not exactly going to fit the media narrative about peoples’ reaction to the migrant caravan.
Hundreds of angry residents are marching against the migrant caravan. But they’re not marching in San Diego.
They’re marching in Tijuana, Mexico, the well-known border town.
Tijuana, which has been overloaded with Central American residents in recent weeks trying to get to the United States, is not at all happy about it.
From Daily Caller:
Carrying Mexican flags and singing the national anthem, the demonstrators marched to a sports complex where about 2,000 of the migrants are being housed. There, held back by a wall of riot police, they denounced the mostly Honduran migrants as “criminals” and “freeloaders” who were openly flouting Mexican law.
“This is an invasion!” shouted local carpenter Luis Alexis Mendoza, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We demand respect. We demand that our laws be followed.”
So will the left be calling these folks racist as well?
Tijuana has been used to immigrants as a way station into the United States. But even they have found themselves overwhelmed now with thousands of Central Americans waiting indefinitely to try to get in.
And officials are speaking out against it.
Some Tijuana officials, concerned about the city’s ability to accommodate thousands of newcomers, have called on the Mexican federal government to stop or divert migrants who are en route to the city.
“Tijuana is a city of immigrants, but we don’t want them in this way,” Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said in an interview with Milenio Television on Thursday. “It was different with the Haitians, they carried papers, they were in order. It wasn’t a horde, pardon the expression.”
The mayor’s comments reflected anger among many Tijuana residents at the increasing number of caravan migrants camped in shelters and public spaces in the city. At least 3,000 were there as of Sunday, and thousands more are expected to arrive over the coming weeks.
Officials are urging Mexico to try to stop the migrants before they make it to Tijuana.
It’s not clear how long the migrants will be there for. A new executive order has made migrants who try to enter illegally ineligible for asylum and they are being directed to go to ports of entry. And given the amount of people, the asylum process is likely to be slow.
The migrants don’t have to come to the border, they could also apply in Mexico at embassies or in their home countries.
But some 10,000 more are expected in multiple caravans in the coming weeks.