As thousands of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador made their way to the U.S. southern border in hopes of establishing asylum, they were shocked and saddened to see that the welcome wagon was not there to great them with happy regards.
As the migrants walked through Tijuana, rocks were thrown at them, insults were shouted their way, and store owners accused them of stealing or begging, according to The Hill.
Although the city is doing its best to accommodate the migrants with shelters that can hold nearly 4,000 people, it is still becoming a burden that the city can’t ignore.
“The city is not well-equipped to handle the additional thousands of people,” said the mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastelum.
How could the migrants expect anything different?
The amazing thing about the ill-treatment of the migrants in Tijuana is that this is coming as such a shock. The migrants are complaining that they are being treated poorly and they can’t seem to understand why.
They can’t see how their massive presence could possibly burden an already struggling city filled with poor people who would love to come to America. The migrants received help and financial assistance from private groups who apparently disappeared the moment the migrants reached Tijuana.
The mayor of Tijuana is now worried that the migrants will be there for months because it might take that long before the U.S. can process all of the asylum claims.
Don’t blame Trump for the treatment they are getting!
President Trump made it very clear that he was not interested in entertaining the thought of welcoming the thousands of migrants that were headed to the U.S. for asylum.
He discussed how their presence might pose a threat the citizens, how their inability to contribute to the economy might cause problems for Americans, and he discussed how many of the migrants were criminals who could very possibly bring their criminal activities to the United States. Many might attempt to blame Trump for how the migrants are being treated in Tijuana, but that would be a mistake.
The individuals in Tijuana are not privy to the speeches that Trump has made regarding the caravan migrants. The actions that they are displaying toward the migrants are based on their own feelings of disdain for a group that now crowds their city and is seeking something that they can’t even receive.
When will it all end?
Trump has been a bit tight-lipped about the migrants since the elections, so we can’t say how he feels about the mistreatment they are facing in Tijuana…although we can guess that he probably could care less.
He warned them not to come, so as far as Trump is concerned, they are deserving of any treatment they receive. The biggest question is how will this all play out? It’s pretty unimaginative that Trump will be in favor of asylum for the migrants, and currently, there is a growing number of Americans who agree with him.
The migrants can’t turn around and go back from whence they came, so it leaves everything up in the air for now. It’s very unfortunate that the very groups that once supported the migrants have now seemingly left since their political agenda has been met.
We can only sit back and see how this story ends. In the meantime, the world watches… and based on how the U.S. handles this situation, it will be a message to all other asylum seekers throughout the world.