Tijuana delegate Genaro Lopez Moreno is explaining the real impact the migrant caravan has had on the Mexican city.
“Things got out of hand because they kept growing and growing,” Moreno said. “This is a federal issue, this is not a municipal issue. But we’re carrying the financial load of keeping these people with medicine, food, shelter, blankets and whatever.”
Originally, the caravan was manageable with only a few hundred but quickly turned into thousands of people living in a tightly cramped space. The government split the facilities that the people were staying, but there are still many living in tents on the street.
“There’s a lot of trash because the 360 grew to 6,200, and that’s when it got out of hand,” Moreno said. “[…] We sent them over here, but it has to be voluntary […] so the ones who didn’t want to go are staying here. There’s like 1,500 people here, there’s 2,200 people there, and there’s 2,000 people that are not accounted for.”
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When asked about what the people of Tijuana think, Moreno said it would be a much different welcome if they had arrived in a legal way.
“People from Tijuana are frustrated. If these people came here legally, if they went to our border and they started work visas, student visa, or tourist visa, there would be no problem,” Moreno said. “A lot of them do that, and they try to work up to the border.”
“We’re worried. In Tijuana, we’re worried because they’re saying that, but they’re not helping us,” Moreno said.