By Rick Oltman, November 19, 2018
Add the Tijuana Mexicans to the list of people who don’t want the Central American “caravan” coming through their town. Associated Press is reporting that, on Sunday, hundreds of Tijuana residents waved Mexican flags, sang the Mexican national anthem and chanted “Out! Out!” in front of a statue of an Aztec ruler about a mile from the U.S. border. “They accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana. They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an ‘invasion.’”
In addition to hurling insults, some Tijuanans have thrown rocks and punches at the “migrants.” Just last week some pundits were concerned about the harsh treatment the migrants would get at the border…from U.S. border security forces.
“Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has called the migrants’ arrival an “avalanche” that the city is ill-prepared to handle, calculating that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims. Gastelum has appealed to the federal government for more assistance to cope with the influx.”
Other “caravanners” have been diverted to Mexicali, 100 miles East of Tijuana, on the border across from Calexico, CA. We’ll be watching to see if they receive the same type of greeting in Mexicali.
The current estimates are of 3,000 in the caravan. That is expected to rise soon to 10,000 or more.
Tijuana has an estimated population of 1.7 million, Mexicali 700,000. It is interesting that a city the size of Tijuana is all of a sudden concerned about a few thousand “migrants.”
We should also BOLO for reports of contagious disease outbreaks in Tijuana. It is likely to happen.
It isn’t hard to figure out why the California/Mexico border has been chosen as a place to cross. California is a “sanctuary state.” Unlike Texas and Arizona, who are likely to assist the federal government in border security, the State of California is well known as a “sanctuary.”
All this does bring to mind Senator Kamala Harris D-CA and her questioning last Thursday of Ron Vitiello, the new head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, about ICE causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants and specifically among immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America. But I seriously don’t think we’ll be hearing from her about the Tijuana Mayor’s comments.
Mexican news media has also reported, “Residents in Tijuana began protesting their arrival by demanding they leave and shouted, “Mexico First.” I think many of us can sympathize with that sentiment.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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