“We are expecting U.S. deportations to Tijuana to grow to 150,000 annually in the next two years,” said Rosario Lozada, the head of Tijuana’s Migrant Attention Program. “We are concerned by the situation, because we struggle to cope with the volume of deportees we currently receive.”
Lozado explained to Fox News Latino that a massive influx of deportees would be disastrous for Tijuana since there is no funding available to help deportees move on after arriving in the city and temporary accommodation has already been filled to capacity.
“We struggle to cope with the volume of deportees at the moment,” she said. “The arrival of hundreds of thousands of undocumented people in the space of a few months would plunge Tijuana into chaos.”
The border line has already become overrun by slums dominated by drug cartels. Neighborhoods like Zona Norte have become extremely unsafe as organized crime preys on the vulnerability of deported individuals and families.
Ruben Robles, a U.S. army veteran who was deported several years ago, now lives just over 100 feet from the border.
He said that “Things have been so bad here at times that I’ve wanted to go and punch a cop, just to get put in prison and taken away from here.”
Donald Trump’s plan supposedly involves the immediate deportation of “two to three million undocumented immigrants.” But San Diego-based deportation defense lawyer Edward Haase calls this an impossible task.
“Firstly, I don’t know where he’s getting the numbers. We have no evidence that there are so many ‘criminal aliens’ in the country, to use his term,” said Haase.
He also added, “To where exactly will you deport these people? Who will cover the costly legal battles that will inevitably arise? What if a deportation candidate has been here for ten years, has three U.S.-citizen children, and pays taxes? These are all issues that Trump hasn’t addressed.”
As charities in the U.S. donate more than 14.3 million tons of clothing to developing nations around the globe, it looks like deportees from the U.S. will soon need all the help they can get from Mexican charities. Currently, Tijuana has a number of organizations that give assistance to the growing deportee population.
Father Pat Murphy runs Tijuana’s Casa del Migrante (Migrant Shelter) and has noted that the increased deportations from the U.S. have been problematic for the 120-person capacity shelter.
“In the last eight or nine years we have shifted from being a casa for migrants to a casa for deported people,” said Murphy.