CARAVAN CHAOS: Mexicans PROTEST Central American Migrants as Thousands Arrive in Tijuana

Lester Mason
November 20, 2018

The port of entry in San Ysidro, California, was briefly closed early Monday after immigration authorities said they had received reports that members of a migrant "caravan" were gathering in Tijuana and planning to "rush" the border.

A Department of Homeland Security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters in a conference call later that USA officials had heard reports some migrants were intending to run through border crossings into California.

According to Fox News, "Homeland Security officials say there are now 6,000 people in Tijuana waiting to be processed at the San Ysidro border crossing, with more on the way".

The angry protests have been fed by concerns raised by President Donald Trump's month-long warnings that criminals and gang members are in the group and even terrorists, though there is no evidence of that.

She said: "Most of us in this area depend on business from people coming and going across the border".

The port was reopened later in the day on Monday.

Thousands of migrants have poured into Tijuana in recent days, as up to 10,000 more traveling across three caravans heads north, largely toward the same border city.

About 6,000 Central Americans have reached the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, according to local officials.

Because of the additional security measures and lane closures, border officials are recommending those who traveling north into the USA prepare to face additional wait times.

By dawn on Monday, 15 of 26 vehicle lanes had reopened at the San Ysidro crossing, according to the DHS official.

"We don't want them in Tijuana", protesters shouted.

"CBP has been and will continue to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States", said Pete Flores, director of field operations in San Diego, in a statement.

"We are fleeing violence", said Josue Caseres, an entertainer from Santa Barbara, Honduras.

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. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico.

He tweeted on Sunday that the United States is "ill-prepared" for the migrants and "will not stand for it".

He followed that tweet by writing: "Catch and Release is an obsolete term".

"These preparations include training exercises, deploying additional CBP personnel, and partnering with the US military to harden our ports of entry and the border area between those legal crossings into the U.S".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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