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Protesters in Tijuana chant 'Out!' at Central American migrants

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Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S.

Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road, and with many more months ahead of them while they seek asylum. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000.

U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego. Asylum seekers register their names in a tattered notebook managed by migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the caravan arrived.

On Sunday, displeased Tijuana residents waved Mexican flags, sang the Mexican national anthem and chanted “Out! Out!” in front of a statue of the Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc, 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the U.S. border. They accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana. They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.” And they voiced worries that their taxes might be spent to care for the group. (AP)

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Police stand guard to protect a migrant shelter as demonstrators protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion,” and voiced worries that their taxes might be spent to care for the group as they wait possibly months to apply for U.S. asylum. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)


Central American migrants sweep outside the shelter where they are staying in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd)


Demonstrators stand under an statue of Aztec indigenous ruler Cuauhtemoc with Mexican flags to protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP)


A demonstrator holds a Mexican flag outside a migrant shelter to protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)


Demonstrators stand under an indigenous statue of Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc as they protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)


Demonstrators turn over a barrier wall protecting a migrant shelter as they protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)


Demonstrators clash with police outside a migrant shelter as they protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


A demonstrator with a sign that reads in Spanish: “No to the invasion” protests the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


An anti-migrant demonstrator sporting a “Lucha Libre” wrestling mask attends a protest against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


An anti-migrant demonstrator is surrounded by the press as she argues with a woman during a protest against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


A woman who supports migrants embraces another supporter to help her leave the area so as not to be attacked by demonstrators protesting the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


Demonstrators stand under a statue of indigenous Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc as they protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


Police stand guard to protect a migrant shelter as demonstrators protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


Demonstrators stand under an statue of Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc to protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


Journalists film people under a statue of indigenous Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc protesting the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)


Demonstrators protest the presence of thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2018, sign signs that read in Spanish “No to the invasion,” top left, and “Priority Mexico,” top right. Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion,” and voiced worries that their taxes might be spent to care for the group as they wait possibly months to apply for U.S. asylum. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)