Humanitarian Crisis Declared in Tijuana as Migrant Caravan Arrivals Continue

The mayor of Tijuana has declared the arrival of nearly 5,000 Central American migrants a humanitarian crisis and asked for help from the international community.

“During a press conference Thursday, Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum asked international groups like the United Nations to step in help the city deal with the influx of migrants, amid a lagging response from the Mexican federal government, which he accused of neglecting their responsibilities to deal with migrant and immigration issues,” according to AZ Central. 

The migrants are camping out in the border city hoping to cross into the United States, which has become a hotly contested issue. President Donald J. Trump sent thousands of troops to the Southern border to ensure that the migrants would not cross unimpeded.

Gastelum is obviously not pleased with the migrant invasion. Earlier this week, he said “we don’t want them this way” in a television interview. Neither do many of his city’s residents.

Big League Politics reported:

It’s been a real doozy for the mainstream press covering the migrant caravan as it attempts to barrel through Tijuana, Mexico, given that many Mexican citizens have been less-than-welcoming to the foreign invaders.

“Demonstrators held signs reading ‘No illegals,’ ‘No to the invasion’ and ‘Mexico First.’ Many wore the country’s red, white and green national soccer jersey and vigorously waved Mexican flags,” according to NPR. “The crowd often slipped into chants of ‘Ti-jua-na!’ and ‘Me-xi-co!’ They sang the national anthem several times.”

After several years of calling President Donald J. Trump a racist, and now months of calling him a “white supremacist” due to his protectionist notions and self-described nationalism, the corporate media must be shocked to learn that supporting your own country does not, in fact, make you a racist. Perhaps this small conundrum is why much of the mainstream press has failed to cover the Tijuana protests completely.

“We want the caravan to go; they are invading us,” said Patricia Reyes, a 62-year-old protester, according to the report. “They should have come into Mexico correctly, legally, but they came in like animals.’”

“Tijuana is a place that welcomes anyone, but you must have papers, you must identify yourself,” protestor Magdalena Baltazar reportedly said. “We work hard here. We don’t get handouts. The government shouldn’t be giving things to migrants when plenty of Mexicans are in a difficult position.”

Meanwhile, migrants were comfortably bussed to Tijuana, creating the mess that now plagues the city, and will eventually need to be dealt with by the United States government.

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