Rampant drug cartels, corrupt officials, and a staggering rise in violence propelled Tijuana’s homicide rate to reach stunning new heights in 2018; making the Mexican city one of the “deadliest” locations on the planet.
“A record 2,518 people were killed here in 2018 — nearly seven times the total in 2012. With 140 killings per 100,000 people, Tijuana is now one of the deadliest cities in the world,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
Directly across the border in San Diego there were 34 homicides throughout the entire year.
“Local and state officials estimate that up to 90% of the city’s homicides are linked to local drug sales, and authorities say they are seeing a similar pattern in Juarez, Cancun and other Mexican cities at the forefront of a nationwide rise in killings, which have nearly doubled over the last three years,” adds the report.
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CARAVAN ARRIVES: Central American Migrants ARRIVE at US-Mexico Border in Tijuana
The first wave of migrants from the Central American ‘caravan’ arrived at the US-Mexico border in Tijuana Tuesday; attempting to cross the international fence but retreating after Border Patrol Agents approached.
According to Fox San Diego, “People on the Mexican side of the border could be seen climbing the fence near Friendship Park Tuesday afternoon after part of the Central American migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana.”
US Border Patrol released an official statement hours later, saying they believe the migrants are the first to approach the United States from the ‘migrant caravan’ making its way north.
“I was very surprised how many people are here and how many different officials are here, it seems like there’s something going on it’s not normal to have this many resources tied up all these vehicles saw armored car coming down the road it just seemed more than just an average day,” said a local resident.
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CARAVAN CHAOS: Mexicans PROTEST Central American Migrants as Thousands Arrive in Tijuana
Hundreds of Mexican protesters chanted “Out!” and publicly demonstrated against thousands of Central American Migrants pouring into the region; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown between Mexican authorities, American border agents, and the approaching immigrants.
According to the Associated Press, “Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S.”
US Border Patrol Agents are reportedly processing 100 asylum claims per day as the migrant caravan stalls throughout Tijuana.
“They accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana. They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an ‘invasion.’ And they voiced worries that their taxes might be spent to care for the group,” adds the AP.
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