'The arrival of growing crowds of migrants to Tijuana has led to increased tensions and clashes with locals, with the mayor warning that those who disturb the “tranquility and security” of his city will be deported.
The arrival of the first members of the caravan to Tijuana triggered an anti-migrant backlash in the Mexican border city. Tijuana’s mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelum, is leading the charge to have the troublemakers expelled and is asking the federal government for help to deal with the influx.
“No city in the world is prepared to receive this — if I’m allowed — this avalanche,” he said during a news conference at City Hall. “It is a tsunami. There is concern among all citizens of Tijuana.”
There will be zero tolerance to any conduct that violates the law and social order. Protecting the safety of the Tijuanans is the top priority.
Any members of the migrant community that are violent will be handed over to immigration authorities so that they be deported to their country of origin, Gastelum said on Friday. In an earlier interview with local TV, Gastelum called the migrants “bums” (vagos) and “pot smokers” (mariguanos) who do nothing but disturb the “tranquility and security of Tijuana.”
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