Migrants angry at caravan organizers: “The people that brought us to this place, supposedly [caravan] leaders, took advantage of us, they used us in a horrific way…”
It appears the members of the caravan from Central America are growing increasingly frustrated by both the legal entry process and the immigration “organizers” who have herded them to the US-Mexico border.
To begin with, dozens of migrants who are disheartened by the slow pace of the formal asylum-seeking process breached the U.S.-Mexico border Monday by scaling a 10-foot metal fence.
They were observed using blankets and ropes to help climb over the structure separating California from Tijuana, where thousands of migrants have been gathering in recent days. Other migrants managed to squeeze through a section of the fence on the coastal city’s beach, according to Reuters.
Some migrants reportedly tried to escape capture by the U.S. Border Patrol, but most were caught. It remains unclear Tuesday how many of the migrants — if any at all — managed to escape detention.
Meanwhile, other members of the migrant caravan were on the move this weekend, but this time it was away from the border.
Hundreds of Central American migrants are settling into a new shelter further from the border. Officials say they were moved from a sports complex in Tijuana that was shut down because of sanitation issues.
The clean-up at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex continued Sunday after Mexican health officials shut down the makeshift camp.
Conditions deteriorated earlier in the week after heavy rainfall added to the already unsanitary conditions.
The government provided buses to shuttle migrants to a new, larger shelter located about 7 miles south of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
Officials say the location, El Barretal, is better equipped to handle the influx of thousands of Central Americans.
Some of those migrants are intending to relocate even farther from the US border…back home. Legal Insurrection readers will recall that a combination of US Border Patrol response, poor sanitation, and disease inspired 80 potential asylum seekers to return home.
That number has now jumped to 350, and many have directed their anger against the caravan organizers.
Around 350 members of the first migrant caravan who recently reached the northern border city have decided to voluntarily return to their home countries – Honduras, in most cases – in the face of having to wait for months for the opportunity to file a request for asylum in the United States.
Some migrants who spoke to the newspaper Milenio claim they were misled about their chances of gaining entry to the U.S.
“[Migrant advocacy group] Pueblos Sin Fronteras told us not to worry, that there was going to be transportation, that Mexico was going to open the gates so that we didn’t have to enter [the U.S.] illegally, via the river . . .” Honduran migrant Ulises López said, referring to the attempted border breach Sunday.
“What was offered to the caravan of Honduran migrants was a trap . . . The people that brought us to this place, supposedly [caravan] leaders, took advantage of us, they used us in a horrific way, what they did to us has no name,” he added.
“We came with enthusiasm . . . encouraging those who didn’t want to keep going . . . but when we got here our dreams went to hell.”
Meanwhile, the border crisis is killing the regional tourism industry.
Sunday, Nov. 25, seemed like the beginning of the end for Wes Barba, the owner and operator of Baja Border Tours. The San Diego-based small group tour company specializes in day trips to Mexico.
“It’s killing me. It’s really killing me,” West Barba said. “We go to Ensenada, Rosarito, and Tijuana, and the Guadalupe Valley for wine tasting.”
After the migrant caravan rush toward San Ysidro, Barba’s phones have been ringing off the hook with last-minute cancellations.
“They say ‘It’s going to be a problem coming back. Are we going to be in danger?’” Barba said.
Each day trip, Barba usually has ten clients. Not anymore. With more clients canceling daily, he has no choice but to cancel the trips altogether.
“10 customers to one customer. My profit went from $700 to zero a day,” Barba said.
In conclusion, this set of social justice antics has not only hurt regular Americans but the “migrants” the caravan organizers were supposed to be “helping”.DONATE
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