Irony, thy name is Tijuana. Excerpt:
In blunt contrast to the warm reception thousands of migrants received as they made the arduous journey through Central America to Mexico – getting food donations and well wishes from locals – the nearly 3,000 people who reached the Mexican border with California in recent days have been met with marked hostility.
The majority of migrants, who have been on foot for more than a month, are sleeping on a dirt baseball field at an outdoor sports complex in Tijuana by the newly-fortified barbed wire fence that separates Mexico from the United States. A truck parked on the street is providing showers for women, while the men are told to use newly established outdoor showers near the field.
Reports of insults being shouted, rocks being hurled and even physical fist-fighting has escalated over the weekend.
The reception has left many in limbo – afraid to return to their homeland, which for the vast majority is Honduras, yet unwelcome in Mexico and uncertain if their U.S. asylum requests will be granted. The U.S is said to be processing around 100 claims per day.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has referred to the arrivals as “bums” and questioned whether a referendum in the city of 1.6 million is needed to determine whether or not they should be allowed to stay.
“Human rights should be reserved for righteous humans,” Gastelum lamented last week.
How do you say schadenfreude in Spanish?
Here’s what the article linked above misses. When they make this statement: In blunt contrast to the warm reception thousands of migrants received as they made the arduous journey through Central America to Mexico – getting food donations and well wishes from locals…
Those people didn’t necessarily get a “warm welcome” from those mostly impoverished locals. They got a “keep on moving” from those locals. I suspect the predominant attitude was feed them, find them a ride, and move them along.
In any case, the blanket offer of asylum from the Mexican government has invalidated any claim any of these people have on the United States. They fled their home countries – while waving the flags of those countries – to demand accommodation in the United States. But now they are running into a border fortified with concertina wire (and trust me, that stuff is no fun) and an administration determined to make them follow American law for entry or go home.
But the Mexican response in Tijuana – that’s a game-changer. Now the “asylum-seekers” are camping in their neighborhoods, and wandering around their neighborhoods. It’s going to be very, very interesting to see how this unfolds.