The first Central Americans leading a caravan that is reported to number more than 7,000 members have arrived at the southern border of the United States. Their goal is to leave criminal governments, insane levels of inflation, and gang violence behind and seek refuge in the Promised Land of the Free.
This is the largest group of people to attempt entering the U.S. and observers (including this writer) predicted things could get ugly when the “unstoppable force” – the migrants – meet the “unstoppable mass” – U.S. Border Patrol agents backed up by U.S. army troops.
As previously reported here in The Daily Conspiracy, these same individuals stormed the Mexican border from Guatemala and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at security forces on the ground and in low-flying helicopters.
About 750 road-weary travelers, mostly Hondurans, arrived in Tijuana, Mexico on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The city is across the border from San Diego, California and is home to the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the largest land border crossing between the two cities and one of the busiest land border crossings in the world.
The first arrivals converged from two different northbound groups in the afternoon. City officials told them, when they arrived, that the city’s migrant shelters didn’t have enough space for them. Unwilling to be separated, many in the large group chose to stay together and camp on the shores of the mighty Pacific Ocean near the tall fence defining the international boundary.
Instead, local and state Mexican officials made a shelter available to the foreigners at the Benito Juarez sports complex.
At 6:00 pm, buses began to load migrants for transportation to the sports facility
By 8:30 pm, some 300 residents assembled on the beach in the tony Playas de Tijuana subdivision. They demanded that the unwashed masses leave the public space at their beach and huddle at the shelter instead of their neighborhood. They felt their security was being threatened by the foreign incursion.
One Tijuana resident said:
“This is not an appropriate place for them. “There are appropriate places for them.”
A local official said the complex has room to bed 3,000 people on thin mattresses on the floor of an indoor basketball court, or in tents, either individual or communal. However, only 360 of the first group of arrivals were transported to the temporary shelter.
For more than three hours, the Mexican residents sang their national anthem and waved their national flag. Whenever a busload of migrants departed from the beach to their new quarters, the incensed residents chanted “Mexico! Mexico!”
The buses were full of women and children as the men, by and large, agreed to remain camped on the beach. They want to be there to welcome the rest of the caravan headed for Tijuana, estimated now to be about 2,000 people strong.
The Palm Springs Desert Sun reported:
“Pushing, shoving, kicking and a couple of blows broke out between masses of residents and migrants. After midnight, residents assaulted journalists, injuring at least three, according to reporters on the scene.”
On November 16, Jack Posobiec tweeted a video captioned “Watch: Migrant caravan clashes with Mexican residents of Tijuana” that has had over 21,000 views.
About 40 city and federal police kept the peace as best they could, separating fist-wielding combatants who shouted angrily at each other.
Our neighbors to the south are trying to make the best of a bad situation. Francisco Rueda Gómez, secretary-general of the Mexican state of Baja California, where Tijuana is located, announced:
“The message to the migrant population is very clear. We are providing them with humanitarian support, health care and food, however the need to take into consideration the rules of the shelters so they can coexist in harmony with the local population.”
The tab for sheltering thousand of migrants for two months comes to about $4 MILLION, including food and medical services. At that rate, Baja California will run out of money in 10 days. The state has requested federal assistance.
Honduran migrant Jairo Sorto was surprised that the migrants were not welcomed in Baja California as they had been everywhere else they had tramped through and camped in Mexico:
“We’ve walked across Mexico and not one state said, ‘We don’t want immigrants in this country.'”
Around 11:00 pm, the last bus to carry migrants to the temporary shelter left about 100 migrants on the beach, watched over by twice as many Mexican locals.
At least three other migrant caravans are trailing their way through Mexico. After the first 900 Tijuana arrivals, Mexican officials expect the next wave will bring 2,000 more to the border town.
Rueda Gómez says the migrant shelters in Tijuana can accommodate 700 migrants.
Do the math.
Posobiec tweeted another video showing Central Americans climbing up and sitting on top of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The caption reads, “Jim Acosta [CNN reporter recently embarrassed by having his White House Press pass revoked for mouthing off the to President] said this is not an invasion.”
Fox News confirmed, regarding the migrant caravan, that “about 80 percent are men under the age of 35.” Members of the extremely violent MS-13 gang really are among the thousands of desperate and determined Central Americans whose only mission is to claim a better life, regardless of what any other host country has to say about it.
U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to meet force with force, if necessary.
To keep all of this in perspective, last April 2018, about 1,500 migrants crossed over from Mexico into the United States. Only 250 of them were allowed to stay legally pending an immigration hearing.
With 5,200 active-duty troops sent to bolster the U.S. border with Mexico, Trump lauded the deployment as “tremendous” and indicated that the military presence will remain until the threat is resolved. The U.S. President brushed aside criticism that his administration’s actions are anti-humanitarian and a blatant violation of human rights:
“This has nothing to do with asylum, it has to do with getting into the country illegally.”
Is this increasingly tense situation going to be a B-movie “Mexican standoff” where the two opposing forces are caught in a stalemate, unable to act in fear of retaliation, and where no one has the clear advantage?
Or will the migrants provoke what might prove to be the bloodiest confrontation in recent U.S. history?