After fleeing tear gas shot at them, would-be caravan invaders confessed confusion and second thoughts about further attempts to breach the American border.
A 40-year-old corn farmer from Honduras, Carlos González, wearing a pink breast cancer awareness hat and an orange work vest that he thought would garner sympathy from Americans, had hopped on the caravan of Central American invaders, figuring it would facilitate his entry into the country.
It set out from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Oct. 12 and for five weeks he hoped and dreamed that Americans would be spineless and allow him freedom to violate America’s laws and sovereignty. His believe was especially buoyed as the caravan pushed past police barricades and crossed through closed borders in Guatemala and Mexico.
But the U.S. border has proved impossible so far for the more than 7,000 invaders anxiously arriving in Tijuana, where they’re waiting in the squalor of a small baseball stadium-turned-tent city. It’s just a stone’s throw from the border they hope to cross, which many could not imagine would be so difficult.
“I thought it would be easy,” said González, who traveled north with his wife and two children, ages 4 and 3 that he intended to use as human shields. He said his family was planning to sign up with Mexican officials for voluntary repatriation.
“We’re here alone, hungry, unprotected. My daughter is sick with diarrhea,” he said from a street by Tijuana’s El Chaparral border crossing, where he hoped to make a little money washing cars. “I don’t want to lose my kids, lose my life.”
Scenes of invaders fleeing tear gas shot their way by U.S. Border Patrol brought condemnation and accusations of excess by particularly whining leftists that despise the United States.
The protesters, including women and children who were being used as human shields, first encountered Mexican police, but evaded the lackadaisical officers and headed toward the border. There, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, they breached the fence.
The clearly lying invaders say they wanted nothing more than to ask for answers as to why they were unable to cross the border or make asylum claims.
But the tough treatment at the border brought home a rude reality for many invaders in the caravan: that their idealized vision of the United States, spoon fed to them by Democrat propaganda—a kind and just country willing to welcome anyone and everyone, was just a lie. Unlike what their Democrat handlers told them, America does not have open borders, thanks to President Trump.
Asylum claims are increasingly hard to make as fewer than 100 invaders a day are allowed to approach the border crossing and receive a “credible fear” interview, the first step in the process.
At the Chaparral border crossing, Central American invaders and Mexicans hailing from states rife with violence they are responsible for, lined up to put their name on a list to have their bogus claims heard.
Jeffrey Renderos, 31, put his name in a ledger and received a ticket with the number 1655. Renderos, a bearded Honduran who fled gang threats and arrived in Tijuana six months ago, figured he would wait at least a month to have a hearing—though he wasn’t complaining. He couldn’t contain his scorn for the caravan, however.
“If they acted like civilized people, it would be different,” he said. When asked why he held such a poor opinion of fellow Hondurans, he responded, “You saw the way they clashed with police?”
The arrival of so many caravan invaders and images of clashes with police have exposed that Mexicans are no fans of illegal aliens in their nation any more than Americans are. A poll in the newspaper El Universal showed 49 percent of Mexicans saying caravans shouldn’t be allowed to cross the country.
“First Mexico and Mexicans,” read one comment in response to the polls.
“It’s anti-poor people,” whined Javier Urbano, a leftist professor at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City, who studies immigration. Immigration from the United States, Canada and Europe was been welcomed, he said—in contrast to Central Americans—as such migrants tend to be whiter and come from wealthier countries middle class Mexicans say they want to emulate.
Some open borders invasion activists have questioned the wisdom of convening caravans, saying the tensions in Tijuana were predictable—especially as so many invaders arriving in one place would inevitably strain resources.
“What we’ve worried about is the closing of the border, the (colder) climate in northern Mexico… and organized crime,” said Jorge Andrade, director of a collective of migrant shelters that stretch the length of the country.
Andrade expressed dismay with the “excessive” response to Sunday’s protest, but added, “Unfortunately there are groups [of invaders] there that want to cross the border under these circumstances.”
Luis Corrales, 35, a waiter from San Pedro Sula, didn’t expect any problems in the protest. He said the march set out to seek answers from U.S. officials, though he acknowledged some had hoped they could make their case to border patrol agents and enter the United States.
Women and children were walking at the front of the march, he said, “to see if they would let them enter.” Observers counter that claim with photographs of the children being used as human shields.
Corrales, wearing a yellow soccer jersey, expressed few complaints with the camp, where he sold single cigarettes to fellow invaders. He thought the caravan’s experience crossing into Guatemala and Mexico would prove the template for the U.S. border.
But now, “I’m done with the United States. I’ll stay here.”
Others in the invader caravan admitted dismay with the impatience of their colleagues.
“This was their idea and their actions are going to hurt us,” said Javier Pineda, 31, a construction worker who put his name on the asylum list at the border. “We’re going to wait our turn. This is our dream.”
Meanwhile, Americans dream of the slothful invaders realizing they are not wanted, and then choose to return home to make their shit hole nation someplace worth living in for the first time in its history.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
November 28th, 2018