Mexico.- Mexicans from some 20 popular neighborhoods of Tapachulaon the border with Guatemalatook over the facilities of a shelter for migrants on Monday to protest against its opening amid the growing migratory flow.
The demonstrators placed a large canvas with the legend “President AMLO (Andrés Manuel López Obrador), no to the migrant shelter”and demanded that the Community Development Center (Cedeco) that was in place.
Sixta González Nájera, founder of Cedeco and inhabitant of the El Progreso neighborhood, denounced that the authorities appropriated the facilities to enable the community center as a shelter for migrants on the move.
“We want to make it clear that we are not against migrants, but we are concerned about the arrival of migrants and having them wandering around puts our citizens in danger,” the woman told Eph.
For a few days, the citizens have begun to protect the facilities so that they do not open and announced that they are going to defend it because it is a place that the neighbors themselves say they managed with their resources.
Aidé Lara Cárdenas, a resident of the San Román neighborhood, expressed that they are sad and upset because their only recreational space has been taken away.
“This space will not be granted to these people who are passing through, who are upset because the Immigration authorities do not provide them with their papers to continue their journey,” he said.
This shelter for families on the move, according to the neighbors, will serve about 160 people, but their uncertainty is that hundreds are wandering outside.
Residents have brought chairs, benches and a tent to set up outside this shelter, as they fear it will open in the next few days.
The dissatisfied cthey placed cardboard in vehicles and houses as a sign of protest so that the authorities listen to their requests and not authorize that place to house foreigners.
The conflict reflects the tension created by the record migratory flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection Office (CBPin English) has intercepted more than 1.6 million people so far in fiscal year 2022, which began last October.
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In addition, Mexico received a record of more than 58,000 refugee applications in the first half of 2022, an annual increase of almost 15%, according to the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (eat) of the government.