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Tijuana residents urge migrant caravan to turn back

2018-11-16 23:57
The first wave of an estimated 750 migrants in the caravan heading for the U.S. have arrived in Tijuana on November 14. Locals protested, shouting “You’re not welcome,” and, “Get out!” There were scuffles between residents and migrants, with around 36 police officers trying to keep order. A local resident said, “This is not an appropriate place for them.” Another added “This isn’t about discrimination, it is about safety!” There’s a steady stream of up to ten thousand migrants traveling toward the border in three separate caravans. Many migrants have given up walking and are hitching rides on trucks and buses. Migrants have rejected Mexico’s offer of asylum, which included jobs, education, and healthcare. A migrant from Honduras, Josue Vargas said: “Mexico has been excellent; we have no complaint about Mexico. The United States remains to be seen.” While Henry Salinas, of Honduras, said that he planned to wait for the main caravan so that the group could rush the border fence at the same time, overwhelming Border Patrol agents. Under President Donald Trump’s recent directive, migrants who don’t enter through a port of entry aren’t eligible for asylum.