You know President Trump has won the argument when his red Make American Great Again hat is expanding to other countries and cities!
In a stunning photo, the Mayor of Tijuana has been seen wearing a red “Make Tijuana Great Again” hat.
Even more than that, he was quoted as saying: “
“Human rights are for only upstanding humans,” he said, creating a perverse turn of phrase in Spanish.
Can you imagine if Donald Trump had said that?
But no folks, this is from a MEXICAN Mayor!
Here is the Tweet showing the Red MTGA hat:
The stunning story was even confirmed by NPR:
Tijuana's mayor hasn't helped ease tensions over the migrants.
"I would dare say that not all of them are migrants," Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum said last week in an interview with Milenio television, suggesting some members of the caravan were criminal infiltrators. "Sure, there are some good people in the caravan, but many are very bad for the city."
Gastélum said four alleged members of the caravan had been arrested for unspecified crimes.
"Human rights are for only upstanding humans," he said, creating a perverse turn of phrase in Spanish.
The Tijuana mayor has been seen sporting a Trump-style "Make Tijuana Great Again"hat. But Gastélum is not a popular leader: A poll in March gave him just 4 percent approval from residents. The murder rate in the city has spiked during his tenure.
The Tijuana city government is providing a stadium for the migrant shelter, as well as blankets, sleeping pads, food and some basic medical care. Nonprofit humanitarian groups are adding to that support.
But Gastélum says Tijuana lacks the funds to continue supporting the migrants, who he thinks will be in the city for more than six months to be processed through the U.S. asylum system, and has requested support from Mexico's federal authorities.
The tensions are unlikely to die down soon: According to nonprofits at shelters in the border city Mexicali, 2,000 caravan members are expected to arrive in Tijuana in coming days. Another caravan of roughly 1,500 migrants is just north of Mexico City, according to a human rights commission that set up a shelter in the capital. Smaller contingents continue in southern Mexico.
Even before the caravan reached the city earlier this month, migrants in Tijuana created an informal list of names to keep track of those hoping to seek asylum in the U.S. As caravan members have added their names, the list recently surpassed 3,000.
"I'm not sure what we're going to do," said Cristian Menéndez, a 32-year-old Honduran, traveling with his girlfriend and her two children. "We all know we want to request asylum but I haven't heard about the list. We don't know how long this will take. We don't know how long there will be food for us to eat."
The story was also confirmed by Newsweek:
In recent days, demonstrators gathered in the border city to protest the arrival of Central American migrants who are seeking to reach the U.S. Some of the national soccer jersey-clad locals held signs reading “No illegals,” or “No to the invasion” while shouting “Mexico First,” NPR reported. But even more surprising was Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelúm’s stance on the issue, which has allegedly stoked more anger among the locals.
A Friday tweet from a Mexican journalist named Risco shows a photo of Gastelúm wearing a cap that reads “Make Tijuana Great Again.”
“May I present to all of you the Tijuana mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelúm, who dared say ‘I apologize in advance to human rights organizations, but human rights are for only upstanding humans,’” the journalist tweeted using Gastelúm's quote in an interview with Mexican broadcaster Milenio Televisión last week.
But like Trump, Gastelúm is not a popular leader. NPR cited a March poll that gave him 4 percent approval among locals. Tijuana has grappled with rampant violence during his tenure, the media outlet indicated.
Tijuana locals have complained via social media about the immigrants’ alleged demeanor. Some of them have said that Central American migrants leave garbage on the streets and are ungrateful at times.
A 21-second video of a Honduran woman being interviewed by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has made the rounds on social media, in which she complained about a plate of beans she had received at a Tijuana shelter. "Look at what they're giving us: sheer ground beans, as if they were feeding pigs. We have no choice but to eat this food, otherwise, we die of hunger,” the woman told the TV channel.