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Banacek
11-26-2018, 02:37 PM
Jose Rodriguez from Siguatepeque in Honduras has been carrying his white flag for more than 3,000 kilometers now. "I have two kids in Honduras. I want them to have a better life," the 29-year-old tells DW. The white flag has become the symbol of the migrant caravan, which started from the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on October 12 with the aim of reaching the US. "The flag symbolizes that we mean no harm, and that we have good intentions," Rodriguez explains.

'Let us cross'

On Thursday, Jose Rodriguez, his companions and their flags reach El Chaparral in Tijuana, the main border point from Tijuana, Mexico, into the US. That day, 300 migrants are camped here, demanding that US authorities accept their requests for asylum. "We can't wait any longer," the migrants shout, "let us cross."

Mexican security forces, meanwhile, have cordoned off the area and blocked the main access road, causing traffic chaos in the Mexican border town of Tijuana because cross-border traffic is especially heavy on Thanksgiving, the US holiday.

Many Tijuana locals are fed up with the migrants. Some sport red Donald Trump-like baseball caps reading "Make Tijuana great again." Last Sunday, about 1,000 locals gathered to protest against the influx if migrants, chanting "No to invasion, yes to migration." Many Mexicans cheered them on. Local media report that an additional 7,000 migrants are set to arrive in the coming wee

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Meanwhile, the regional government is doing what it can to integrate the migrants into the local economy. Luis Rodolfo Enriquez runs a kind of job agency near the emergency camp.

"In the first couple of days, only a few dozen came to find out about vacancies," he tells DW. But soon, he adds, they came to trust him, and more migrants inquired about work. There are some 10,000 unfilled vacancies in Tijuana. Enriquez is convinced that half the migrants can get a job if they want. He says people with and without qualifications have a chance of getting work

Although Rodolfo Enriquez's recruitment agency is an improvised operation, everything is well-organized. There are plastic chairs and wooden tables. Employers can meet potential workers, and down the hall, immigration councilors issue temporary work permits. All over the city, shops display signs reading "staff wanted.

If the above is true why do so many people from Mexico, Central and South America pass on these jobs? The answer is they want access to our welfare system and the birthright citizenship scam.

https://www.dw.com/en/mexico-caravan-migrants-shun-tijuana-jobs-hoping-to-get-to-the-us/a-46430096


https://www.dw.com/en/mexico-caravan-migrants-shun-tijuana-jobs-hoping-to-get-to-the-us/a-46430096

noonwitch
11-26-2018, 02:45 PM
I don't know why, GM and Ford are laying off thousands in the Great Lakes/Midwest.

Dlr Pyro
11-26-2018, 02:50 PM
Jose Rodriguez from Siguatepeque in Honduras has been carrying his white flag for more than 3,000 kilometers now. "I have two kids in Honduras. I want them to have a better life," the 29-year-old tells DW.

Sometimes you have to do the heavy lifting and fight for change in your home country to make it a better place for your family to live in. This requires sacrifice, hard work and often times risk. Seems the migrants want a ready made solution rather than fight the good fight in their home country.