Tijuana delegate warns growing problems with migrant caravan: At first it was drug possession and drunks…

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And to think America, this is what awaits you.

Genaro Lopez, a delegate for the Mexican city of Tijuana, appeared Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the migrant caravan that’s hunkering down in his city, telling host Tucker Carlson that they’re beset with problems, resulting in at least 280 arrests.

“At first, it was for drug possession and being drunk in the street,” Lopez said. “Now it’s for breaking and entering into homes.”

 

“People have made citizen’s arrests,” he added. “Things aren’t very nice here and the neighborhood is tired of them, the merchants and the schools.”

Lopez said schools have been closed for three weeks and that police are on 24-hour alert. The city is concerned that the increased crime will have a negative impact on the vital tourism industry — Tijuana’s located just across the border from San Diego, Calif.

“We live on tourism, and Christmas season is one of our best times for tourism here and for sales,” he told the Fox News host. “Things are not very good right now.”

When asked if he had a message for elected officials in the U.S. who’ve encouraged the migrant caravan — see Democrats — Lopez chuckled before saying that Tijuana doesn’t want this problem.

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“Tijuana is a great town,” he said. “It opens its arms to anyone that wants to come here in peace and to live here, no problem. But if you come here in a violent mood, if you come here against our sovereignty, you’re not welcome here.”

“Really, we don’t want this problem,” Lopez continued. “We have our own problems and we’re dealing with them. We don’t want problems from other countries to invade us here and creating all this havoc that has been happening.”

Interestingly, Lopez said Tijuana had plans to force the migrants to leave, only to be thwarted by a priest, who intervened on the illegal immigrants’ behalf.

“We issued a new ultimatum for three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” he explained. “They have to go. Sunday they would be removed by force. A priest came here and he’s very well known. He talked with them and said they shouldn’t go, that they should stay. He would talk to the authorities. So Sunday, the director of disaster relief for Mexico City issued an order to stop and don’t remove them by force.”

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