‘Go home!’: Residents in an upscale Tijuana neighborhood throw rocks at the migrant caravan and order them out of Mexico while US troops put MORE barbed wire up to stop hundreds arriving at the border from climbing the wall

Friday, November 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

Migrants from Central America were told to ‘go home’ and had rocks thrown at them by residents in Tijuana as they reached the US-Mexican border after enduring harsh conditions on their long journey
Police officers had to intervene to keep the peace as tensions escalated between residents and migrants
Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said that job fairs would be held around the country from today to offer opportunities for Central Americans and said also there was work for Mexicans seeking jobs
Separately US border patrol agents in Arizona detained more than 650 illegal immigrants but they are not believed to be associated with the large caravan of Central American migrants

16 November 2018

Migrants travelling in a caravan from Central America were abused and had rocks thrown at them in a neighborhood in Tijuana as they reached the Mexican border.

A small group of residents in an upscale Tijuana neighborhood near the Mexican border confronted caravan migrants late on Wednesday, throwing stones and telling them to go back to their home countries.

‘Get out of here,’ around 20 people shouted at a camp of Hondurans near the border. ‘We want you to return to your country. You are not welcome’.

Migrants shouted back and dozens of police officers had to create a blockade between them in a city known for welcoming both American tourists and thousands of immigrants every year.

A caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants who are fleeing violence and poverty at home set off for the United States in mid-October, with the bulk of them still to arrive at the border. Other large bands of mostly Salvadorans have followed.

Trump has declared the caravans an invasion, and has sent some 5,800 troops to ‘harden’ the border, including with barbed wire.

With some exceptions, Mexico has welcomed the Central Americans, offering food and lodging in towns during their journey. The migrants said they were stunned by the hostile attitude in Tijuana.

One migrant said: ‘We are not criminals. Why do (they) treat us like this if everywhere we have traveled in Mexico they treated us well?’ migrants shouted back. ‘Think about the children who are here, please’.

Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said that job fairs would be held around the country from today to lay out opportunities for Central Americans, reiterating earlier government offers of work.

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