As thousands of immigrants gather in Tijuana after a months-long march through poverty-stricken countries to reach the Calexico border, it appears the Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Honduran wannabe refugees are receiving an unhealthy dose of reality.
Their promised America — mostly advertised as a life replete with bountiful resources, including unending welfare, free child care, and high-paying jobs for the uneducated — refuses to process the entire lot. And as a government scale-back and standoff over border security tediously plods along, legal immigration into the United States is held in perpetual limbo.
What could possibly go wrong?
As Host Cities Go
Tijuana is fed up with playing host-city to some 6,200 migrants bringing illness, creating fear for businesses and residents, and financially burdening the busy border town. In an interview with Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum, pent-up frustrations were obvious, as he said the caravan is “hitting us hard. It’s costing us 550,000 pesos a day.” That figure approximates $28,000, but is widely disputed by other officials as nearing an unmanageable $40,000 per day.