On Friday federal authorities in Mexico tried to transport migrants from a decrepit, rundown shelter in Tijuana that they’d just closed to a better one located further away from the U.S. border.
“Tijuana officials cited sanitary reasons for closing the shelter, a two-story warehouse in a zone known for crime and prostitution near the border,” Reuters reported. “The industrial site was overcrowded, poorly lit and lacked proper facilities for food preparation, said Isain Venegas, a supervisor in Mexico’s public health system. Common illnesses had been treated, he added.”
In response, an estimated 120 of the seemingly ungrateful migrants — all of them reportedly members of the infamous caravan — cried foul and created a scene, forcing a standoff to occur.
Standoff continues at warehouse shelter in Tijuana’s Zona Norte where authorities have ordered some 120 caravan members to leave. pic.twitter.com/XrXdmeEg7v
— Sandra Dibble (@sandradibble) January 4, 2019
“Not one of the shelters in Tijuana has the conditions for them to keep us in … the authorities are tricking us,” one migrant said, citing no evidence to back his conspiratorial theory.
“We had hoped that now with President Lopez Obrador he could see the conditions we’re in. They said he was going to help, but they’ve treated us worse than animals,” another migrant added. “We don’t have anywhere to wash or do our business. I bathe with cold water when I have 20 pesos to pay for it.”
It’s unclear why, if they were so frustrated with the shelter they’d been at thus far, they were so resistant to being transferred to what Reuters described as a “bigger shelter.”
Watch scenes from the standoff below:
“Federal and Municipal Police plans to forcibly evict migrants from the Central American Exodus of the winery near Benito Juárez in Tijuana. An amparo has been filed and we are still awaiting the result,” the group wrote as a caption to its video.
A writ of amparo is essentially a legal request for protection from alleged violations of the laws enshrined in the Constitution of Mexico. It’s unclear whether the group’s amparo has been approved.
The specific facility that federal authorities hoped to transfer the migrants to Friday was reportedly the El Barretal, a former nightclub that’s been transformed into a shelter.
According to a profile of the shelter published last month by The Washington Post, it offers working showers, electrical outlets, two free meals per day, a nearby bazaar where migrants may purchase additional food/supplies, a makeshift barbershop and access to on-site federal health-care workers.
“I want to stay here. Nobody wants to move to the Barretal,” one migrant said to Telemundo 20.
Again, it’s unclear why the migrants were so combative about being transferred there, though some suspect it may be because the migrants want to remain close to the southern U.S. border.
The migrants are desperate to obtain asylum in the U.S. They claim they’re fleeing violence in their home countries, but none of them have explained why they therefore rejected an asylum offer last year from then-Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
In exchange for agreeing to abandon their mission to seek asylum in the United States, the migrants would have received temporary identification and work permits, as well as free medical care and housing. The migrants refused for reasons unknown.
The migrants rejection of every attempt or offer to enhance their life points to a sense of entitlement. They appear to believe they are owed a life in the greatest country on Earth.
But as noted on social media, the migrants aren’t entitled to anything, including reparations, or the “right” to attack U.S. Border Patrol agents for simply doing their jobs.
They are taking advantage of the Government benefits. Why do you think that big caravan didn’t except asylum in Mexico when it was offered to them? Because here they get the good life on the government dime. They have the balls to act like they are entitled to it!
— John Gurule (@JGurule1) January 5, 2019
If violent caravan migrants feel entitled to attack border security, what will they do upon entry? They are showing their true colors. Using women and children to camouflage their movements reflects their subversive nature. Rocks today, what tomorrow? ?
— sleeper (@sleeper52967598) January 3, 2019
Lack of compassion? #Caravan #Invaders are NOT entitled to enter US. They keep telling us they are economic migrants who are NEVER entitled to asylum in US. But DO tell what compassion US shows to the children of single parents who get locked up.
— Mary Lou Benjamin (@loondale) December 31, 2018
My, don’t they feel….entitled? Illegal immigrant caravan “migrants” demand money to go away. – Granite Grok https://t.co/lYY3VuHOhR
— cooper86 (@cooper867) December 28, 2018
They just don’t to wait their turn like everyone else, there is people that have been waiting their turn before the caravan arrived in Tijuana. They have a sense of entitlement. There is a new caravan departing Honduras next week and they are expecting between 20,000 to 40,000
— Alma Garmendi (@AlmaGCastro0) January 2, 2019
You do realize there Many Native people against having thousands more that come with attitudes of entitlement. These ones in the caravan are not here to pick oranges .They admitted themselves they here for housing,welfare, citizen born babies,not to pick oranges .Watch vids on it
— Native American And Proud To be a Deplorable? (@AponiTitianna) December 26, 2018
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