The city of Tijuana, Mexico was rushed by thousands of Central Americans part of the migrant caravan making their way to the U.S.-Mexico border. Once there, they were stopped at the border and now wait.
Their stay, however, is costing the city of Tijuana a lot of money, leading to its mayor now speaking out about it, saying he may have to cut off funding to shelter the migrants without federal assistance — or else the 1.7 million Tijuana residents could suffer as a result.
Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum declared the migrant caravan a “humanitarian crisis” earlier this week, but he’s now saying it’s too much on the city, according to an exclusive with Fox News.
“I’m not going to break public services to solve this problem,” Gastélum told Fox News.
Sharing what the southern border closing on Sunday was like for his city, Gastélum said Tijuana lost about 129 million pesos within those six hours — which equals $6,323,064.00 USD.
He fears continued support helping the caravan could force him to raise taxes on the Tijuana residents, which would hurt them even more:
“That’s not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel towards those people who are making problems?”
According to Fox News, the tent city encampment also was hit with rain and wind overnight, “flooding overcrowded spaces, leaving wet clothes, sleeping bags and litter strewn about an unsanitary and inhumane existence.”
The mayor of Tijuana added that whoever organized this migrant caravan needs to be held accountable and face criminal charges.
“Those are the real criminals because they’re dealing with the lives of people,” Gastélum said.
Gastélum expressed that the incoming president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes on becoming Mexico’s new president on Sunday, must solve this problem “as soon as he gets into office.”
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As IJR recently noted, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shared shocking statistics about immigrants who have sought asylum in the U.S.:
“Only 9 percent of Northern Triangle petitioners are found eligible for asylum by a judge – leaving 91 percent ineligible for asylum.”
While many of the Central Americans made their way to the U.S.-Mexico border to flee poverty and violence, the DHS explained that “greater economic opportunity or family reunification are not grounds for claiming asylum.”