Mexicans PROTEST Central American Migrants as Thousands Arrive in Tijuana — CARAVAN CHAOS

REUTERS  Carlos Garcia Rawlins

The desperate and seemingly unstoppable journey of about three thousand migrants from Central America heading towards the United States has finally reached Tijuana, the final stop before the US border.

About 500 people demonstrated in an affluent section of Tijuana on Sunday against the caravan.

Trump, who ominously warned before the midterms that "Middle Easterners", terrorists and criminal gang members were among the Central Americans seeking asylum in the USA, had suggested that the troops could fire back if the migrants threw stones at them.

Protesters say they're anxious that this new wave of asylum seekers will overwhelm a city that has already dealt with its share of refugees from previous migrant caravans and from Haitians fleeing the devastation of the 2016 quake. On Monday, a Mexican holiday, streets were quiet with many businesses near the complex closed.

The port was reopened later in the day on Monday.

What's going on in Tijuana: According to Fox News, here is now a huge backlog of migrants waiting to be processed at Tijuana's San Ysidro border crossing.

Asylum seekers register their names in a tattered notebook managed by the migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the caravan arrived.

Another migrant, 24-year-old José Adan Núñez, told the newspaper "if I die on the way, at least I will have fought for something", after spending a few days in a shelter in Tijuana.

But many residents fear with the passage of time their presence will take its toll and crime could go up.

"They're coming here with an American dream that doesn't exist", said Aranguer. The city said the hostel would be warmer.

"Almost no one here is from Tijuana", Montanez said. "How can they think we are going to come here to be violent?" "Honduras is worse off than Mexico".

"The returning service members include engineering and logistics units whose jobs included placing concertina wire and other barriers to limit access to ports of entry at the US-Mexican border", the website added.

Because of the additional security measures and lane closures, border officials are recommending those who traveling north into the US prepare to face additional wait times.

According to a US official, the White House will announce on Tuesday that active duty military members stationed at the United States-Mexico border will be granted the authority to defend border patrol agents, ABC News reported. Most of a group of 3,400 migrants, who were last in the border city of Mexicali, should make it to Tijuana Monday, an advocacy organization told the New York Times.

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And in Mexico City, authorities closed a shelter at a sports complex that had once housed thousands of migrants.

"The revelation was made during a conference call with reporters, with officials asserting that 'most of the caravan members are not women and children, '" reports Fox News.

"We don't want them in Tijuana", protesters shouted. "We are fleeing violence", said the entertainer from Santa Barbara, Honduras.

The protests came amid what may be a hardening of positions in some northern Mexican states against the migrants.

Southbound lanes remained open and unaffected, officials said.

Instead, the state will provide water, some food and escorts at nine points along the main highway leading through the state to help ensure the migrants don't have to stop.

What this means: Most of the deployed troops are in Texas, and most of the migrants - about 6,000 as of early Monday - are arriving in Tijuana, which is about 20 miles south of San Diego, California.

Soldiers from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion work in a public park in Laredo, Texas, where they are installing barbed and concertina-wire on November 17, 2018.

Trump used Twitter on Sunday to voice support for the mayor.

He wrote on Twitter that, like Tijuana, "the USA is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it".

"Likewise, the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion and will not stand for it, they are causing crime and big problems in Mexico, Go home".

He tweeted: "Catch and Release is an obsolete term. It is now Catch and Detain", he tweeted.

Asylum-seekers are encouraged to go to ports of entry to ask for help, but are often forced to wait weeks or months to do so because the USA government admits only a limited number at a time for processing.

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