"Mexico First!" The caravan arrives in Tijuana to angry protesters

The desperate and seemingly unstoppable journey of about three thousand Central American migrants heading towards the United States has finally reached Tijuana, the final stop before the U.S. border. But the goodwill that migrants encountered on their long journey north has morphed into a chillier reception. Instead of meeting people offering free rides and meals, migrants arriving in the border city earlier this week were greeted instead by hundreds of Tijuana residents protesting their presence with angry chants of “Mexico first!” The protest organizers echoed language used by U.S. President Donald Trump. “Mexico has always opened its doors to Central Americans to legal and organized migration but not to the illegal invasion that’s currently taking place,” said organizer Jesus Eduardo Burgos Gomez. At one point during the protest, a group of residents tried to rush one of the shelters housing migrants but Mexican police in riot gear ultimately held them back.

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