On Friday, Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said he would not have the city residents bear the burden of sustaining asylum seekers arriving from Central America because the city was already suffering from a humanitarian crisis.
Last week, the Mexican Interior Ministry said that around 5,600 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador had reached the towns of Tijuana and Mexicali both located just across the border with the United States.
Antonio Cimota, 36, is an organizer of Mexicanos Unidos, a group opposing the migrant caravan. He helped organize a large protest in Tijuana on Sunday against the arrival of the convoy from Central America.
Cimota told Sputnik that the caravan had disrupted cross-border travel and littered the community.
"The border has been closed for short periods of time causing lots of heavy traffic and a division within our community because as much as we have the opposition to this caravan we also have supporters in the community," Cimota said. "We had them [caravan members] camping out in Playas de Tijuana [a tourist area] and [they] left us trash. A foul smell of urine, and donated goods were left behind."
He also pointed out that many of his friends who cross the border daily have been discouraged to do so because of the hours-long waiting lines.
It is frowned upon how the migrants in the caravan forced their way into Mexico on the border with Guatemala, Cimota added.
Ome more Mexico's national, Oscar Dioses, 27, of Tijuana, told Sputnik that he accepts US President Donald Trump’s efforts to protect US citizens especially considering the failure of the Mexican government to address the crisis.
"Our government in Mexico… does not take any action to solve this migration [issue] and take a census of people who arrived in the country and are receiving help from our taxes," Dioses said.
Over the weekend, hundreds of residents in Tijuana clashed with police and pro-migrant demonstrators, local media reported.
Meanwhile, Trump has ordered the deployment of 5,900 military troops at the southern border to deter migrants from crossing it.
The White House on Tuesday authorized the troops to use lethal force against illegal migrants if needed.
Cimota said he does not support Trump but believes that the US president has a right to protect the United States and its citizens.
However, Cimota emphasized that force should not be used against innocent people.
"What we should be doing is trying to find a way to resolve the situation in a humanitarian way, this is, in my opinion, a politically-influenced movement that is affecting the people of Mexico," Cimota said.
Although some have speculated that Mexicans have shown hostility toward the migrants due to bigotry, Dioses rejected the notion.
"My opposition to the migrant caravan is nothing in relation to racism or xenophobia," Dioses said. "It’s just expressing my dissatisfaction with the Mexican government."
On Tuesday, a US district judge in San Francisco blocked a proclamation signed by Trump that bars migrants from applying for asylum if they enter the United States without authorization. The presidential order was challenged by several advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mexico is working to create a program aimed at providing job opportunities to the people from the migrant caravans who have arrived in the country, Mexican Ambassador to the United States Geronimo Gutierrez told Sputnik on Tuesday.
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