Migrants are lying about their place of origin to get asylum in the United States

Translated by Fulano from an article in Jornadabc.mx.

Tijuana, July 25, 2016 – A family from Colima that arrived in Tijuana are saying they are from Michoacán to ask for asylum from the United States government. They are a part of the almost 4,000 migrants – among foreigners and Mexicans – who so far this year have asked for refuge in the United States. They say they have experienced extreme violence or are in danger of being killed in the locations they came from.

Two weeks ago, Tijuana resident Leticia’s uncle and his wife and one-year old daughter, arrived from Colima to ask for refuge in the US, and they were welcomed into her family’s home in Tijuana.

The first three days, the family slept in Leticia’s home and then they went to the Casa Madre Asunta, where they were told that in order to be addressed by immigration authorities, they would have to sign up on a waiting list.

According to what the woman said, one week later, the three crossed the border to initiate the process and were sent to an immigration center while they wait for a response from the US government, which estimates the process will not take more than three months.

“My uncle is missing a finger because he had a work accident, but (to the American authorities) he told them organized crime gangsters had cut it off. (The other members of the family) talked to us and said they had crossed over. My uncle remains in the immigration center, and my aunt and the baby were set free. That’s how it is when you ask for asylum,” said the young woman.

The success of the three from Colima spread like dust among their friends who live in Colima, and little by little they started to get ready to go to Tijuana to ask for asylum.

The representative of the National Immigration Institute, Rodulfo Figueroa Pacheco, said that as of the moment they have not been able to document these cases, but he warned that the US government has told them of the situation where migrants say they come from locations like Michoacán or Guerrero to increase their chances of staying in the US.

“To be specific, we are talking about this situation, but we have not solidly documented any cases. What is unfortunate is that rumors spread that people have been allowed into the US, but then they do not call to advise that they were later denied asylum. So people come here with a very different idea,” he bemoaned.

He said that this year around 4,000 have asked for asylum from the United States government, from Tijuana. Of those, 60% are Mexicans and the remainder foreigners and these people also lie about where they came from.

As an example, he described that they have detected cases where men and women say they are from Africa, when they really come from Haiti, and then they are discovered when immigration checks their documents and verifies their stories.


Employees of La Costeña are caught pissing on the chiles

Translated by Fulano from an article in Jornadabc.mx.

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Tijuana, July 22, 2016 – Two employees of the  canned food company La Costeña were fired for urinating on the chiles that were in process of being canned, after a photographer caught the moment where one employee had his pants down and it was shown on the social networks.

In a press release, the company apologized and assured its customers that the actions of its employees did not reflect its values.


70% of requests for political asylum in the United States are Mexicans

Translated by Fulano from an article in Jornadabc.mx.

Tijuana, July 21, 2016 – 70% of those who ask for political asylum in the United States are Mexicans, and some others are Central Americans, with only a minor part from other countries in Africa and Europe, reported the United States Consul General in Tijuana, William Ostick.

During his participation as an invitee to the weekly Grupo Madrugadores, the consul admitted he did not have precise data on the success of these requests for political asylum for the hundreds of people who have arrived in the region in the past two months.

He said the problem with the increase in foreign refugees is a matter of international rights, shared by Mexico and the United States, as the first obligation is to attend to them during their temporary stay and secondarily after their requests have been received.

“There was a rebound in May and the number of refugees arriving has decreased, but this is going to be a chronic problem for awhile as they continue to arrive, even though in the same numbers,” he detailed.

He said most of the foreign refugees are from Haiti and left their country due to the poor living conditions after the earthquake five years ago in that country, and not for some change in the asylum policies in the United States.

The American consul said the refugees had chosen Tijuana because it is the safest route for them.


Sleeping outside in hope of asylum in the United States

Translated by Fulano from an article in Jornadabc.mx.

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Tijuana, July 16, 2016 – More than 200 migrants, foreigners and Mexican, including women, babies and small children, have left the shelters and are sleeping on the bridge which is the entrance to the recently inaugurated PedWest border station in San Ysidro, in the hope of being attended to by the US government to ask for asylum or refuge.

Genoveva is a mother who arrived from Guerrero with her husband, her two children aged 8 and 3, and for younger brothers. She said they have been sleeping in different shelters for three days, but decided to leave them because they were told that starting Saturday US immigration authorities would take 100 requests per day for people who want to enter the United States.

“Even though I did not believe it, I would rather sleep with my children on the cold cement, without water and food, because we are more peaceful like this, than when we were in our house in Acapulco where we had lived for more than 20 years. But had we stayed, we would have been killed,” said Genoveva while she tried to stay awake to guard her family while they slept.

Children’s hands poking out from under blankets revealed the presence of babies and small children laying on the bridge, within view of people passing by the location. A foreigner, a resident of San Ysidro, said he has been crossing into Tijuana for years and this is the first time he saw such a multitude of migrants in these conditions.

“Oh my fucking God, they are migrants? How many are there?,” said the surprised man.

Genoveve and her family, like other from Mexico, had arrived in Tijuana this year, saying they had to flee the violence in their home states. Among the migrants are also Africans, Haitians, Russians and other countries, including Central Americans who say they are persecuted by criminal bands.


American businessman murdered in Tijuana hotel

Translated by Fulano from an article in SDP Noticias.

Jorge Kalb Salmati, was murdered by a shot to the chest in the lobby of the Marriot Hotel in Tijuana at 7:37AM this Thursday.

The hotel is located on bulevar Agua Caliengte, in Tijuana, Baja California, where the State Secretary of Public Safety, Daniel de la Rosa, was to appear at 2PM to lead a public event, which was cancelled.

The attack was against Jorge, 37 years old, who was with his brother, Daniel Kalb Salmati, both of whom are businessmen who sell security equipment and are providers to the state government.

The first reports indicate the murderer fled in a black Passat, and took a briefcase from the victims.

The businessmen were to meet with De la Rosa Anaya, although at the time of the attack, the had met with a Mexican associate named Chauvet o Chaber, who was taken to make a statement to the state Attorney General.


US Consul General in Tijuana denies there is an alert due to attacks on tourist buses

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

TIJUANA, BC July 7, 2016 – The Consul General of the United States in Tijuana, William Ostick, denied there is an alert for American citizens about traveling to Tijuana.

However, he admitted there is concern due to the attacks which have occurred against tourist buses operators, as well as the problem at the international border due to the conflict between the yellow taxi drivers with Uber.

He also said that they are here to care for and protect the safety of Americans, so they are always alert to react in any situation like this, but he insisted the situation has not reached the point where there is a necessity to alert American society.

“Obviously this is a worrisome situation, but it has not yet reached the point to issue an alert. We have not changed our recommendations to our citizens, they are as they always were,” he said in an interview.


Rosarito beach is no mans land

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

ROSARITO, Baja California – The lack of order has turned the beach at Rosarito’s Tourist Zone into “no man’s land”.

The reduced sand space is fought over meter by meter by the beach clubs and table and umbrella renters, horses and walking vendors, restaurants and also by the lifeguards who had to enter the fray as their movements are practically blocked by them.

it is Thursday, but the beach has a large number of bathers, who take note of how narrow the space is between the sand and the sea.

The music emanating from the beach clubs is at full volume, resounds over the spaces these locales have taken in the sand.

Not only are the illegal palapas built by three beach clubs and which were closed by federal and municipal authorities since Easter Week still remain, but they have now extended their dominion with tables, chairs, tents and umbrellas, operated by the bars and restaurants with the complicity of the authorities.

Lifeguards say the beach has not recovered the and they calculated at least 60% of the beach sand has disappeared, when compared to last year. This represents a true challenge for them in their vigilance work.


Drivers bothered by tolls collected to enter Popotla

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

While municipal police face shortages of resources and equipment, the Auxiliary police, who are also used in operations, collect considerable money from vehicles entering Popotla, and few know where that money is going.

Each weekend auxiliary police are seen controlling the vehicle entrance to Popotla, and they ask or a voluntary “donation” from the drivers, which for more than one visitor has become obligatory.

“They almost oblige one to give them money. They stand in front of the vehicle, at the entrance, asking for a donation, but they do not tell you if there is any parking available inside. If there is none, we have to pay again for private parking,”  said a driver who last weekend came with his family to Popotla.

Precisely, many drivers are bothered in having to pay to park in a public space and in most cases, not even to park, just to enter as in the high season like last weekend there was no private parking available inside and they had to leave in the midst of all the congestion.