A group of “migrant caravan” illegals who made it to the Mexican town of Tijuana were shocked when Mexican citizens gathered to throw rocks at them and scream that the illegals should turn around and go back to Central America.
The scene was witnessed by reporters for the foreign newswire Reuters.
“Get out of here. We want you to return to your country. You are not welcome,” a group of Tijuana citizens were heard yelling at a group of Hondurans.
Migrants shouted back and dozens of police officers had to intervene to keep peace 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.
Naturally the migrants are wide-eyed with surprise that anyone would call them a criminal.
“We are not criminals. Why do (they) treat us like this if everywhere we have traveled in Mexico they treated us well?” the migrants shouted back, according to Reuters. “Think about the children who are here, please.”
We here in the U.S. think Mexicans all support the migrant caravan illegals, but according to Reuters “a sizeable minority of Mexicans opposed to aiding the migrants” as they head north to invade the U.S.
An Oct. 26-28 survey of 1,000 Mexicans by polling firm Consulta Mitofsky showed that 51.4 percent were in favor of helping or protecting the migrants, while 33.8 percent took the opposite view, believing that they should return home. The remaining respondents expressed no opinion.
Folks in Tijuana feel that their resources have been stretched to the breaking point, and according to Reuters there is even a webchat group of Mexicans that formed to harass and scare off the Central American migrants.
So, not everyone in Mexico is all excited to welcome these invaders.
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