Tijuana Mayor Calls for Migrant Caravan Organizers' Arrest for 'Federal Crimes'
Juan Manuel Gastelum says he plans to 'take care' of caravan leaders
The Mayor of Tijuana has called for the arrest of those behind the caravans of migrants who are currently camping in his city, hoping to gain entry into the United States.
Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has accused the caravan organizers of "putting people at risk" by committing "federal crimes" and vows to "take care of them in a legal way."
The mayor spoke out in response to the growing number of Mexicans becoming increasingly impatient with the caravan of illegal immigrants staying in Tijuana.
Gastelum sat down to discuss the caravan currently camping out in his city with Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins.
Gastelum told Fox News that the federal police should arrest the organizers of the caravan for “putting people at risk.”
“Let’s take care of them in a legal way,” Gastelum added.
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According to Western Journal, it’s not surprising that Gastelum is growing impatient with the caravan.
There is an estimated over 6,000 migrants settled in his city, and they are beginning to cause problems.
“We have never, never, never, never had this problem,” Gastelum said.
“Some of these people are coming in violently, disrespectfully, not as a good, law-abiding citizen. And that’s what’s hurt us.”
Gastelum said the migrants are also significantly hurting Tijuana economically, according to Fox News.
“In those six hours that the border was closed, we lost approximately 129 million pesos,” he said.
“That’s not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel towards those people who are making problems?”
Tijuana residents who legally cross the border every day to work in San Diego were unable to go to work because of the temporarily closed border.
It cost the city the equivalent of over 6 million dollars.
“I’m not going to break public services to solve this problem,” Gastelum said.
Gastelum is not alone in his disdain for the caravan.
Mexicans, in general, seem to have a negative view of the caravan that settled in their country.
A poll conducted by Mexico City newspaper El Universal revealed that 70 percent of Mexicans have a negative view of the migrant caravan.
Ultimately, Gastelum places the blame on the caravan organizers.
“Those are the real criminals because they’re dealing with the lives of people,” the Tijuana mayor said of the organizers.
It’s true that this entire crisis wouldn’t exist if the organizers didn’t manipulate thousands of people into thinking they’d be able to illegally enter the United States.
These caravans will keep coming if the organizers go unpunished.