A number of leftist organizations say they're marching to the United States-Mexico border to protest the United States Customs and Border Patrol's efforts to repel a "migrant caravan" that has been threatening to storm and overrun the border between San Diego and Tijuana.
Groups like "Free Our Future" began marching in California on Sunday, demanding an end to border control, totally open borders, and for the United States government to abolish the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency. Marchers carrying signs apparently printed by International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), a known Communist action coalition, and wearing Che Guevara tee shirts, chanted against U.S. immigration policy.
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The group Mijente, which organizes "Free Our Future," has been a staple of pro-immigration protests since the beginning of 2018, and launched their own initiative to both tarnish and "abolish" ICE. They were joined at Sunday's march by the National Immigrant Justice Center, which has been at the forefront of challenging Trump Administration policies on detaining asylum seeking families together until they can be processed.
Oddly enough, the American protesters faced off against a protest group on the other side of the border, protesting against the migrant caravan and in favor of Trump's immigration policies.
According to the Desert Sun, "hundreds of Tijuana residents" descended on their city's center in a massive protest, begging the Mexican government to deport members of the migrant caravan camped out in Tijuana's streets.
"They chanted 'Mexico! Mexico!' and 'yes to migrants, no to invaders!' They sang the national anthem and waved Mexican flags and banners and signs, with messages urging the migrants to go home and urging the government to take action," the Desert Sun reported.
One woman, who operated as part of the protest, told reporters, "This is not racism. We are opposed to the invasion."
So far, around 2,400 members of the migrant caravan have reached the U.S.-Mexico border, and a thousand more are expected this week. Another five to six thousand are not far behind, currently part of caravans snaking their way across central Mexico in search of border crossings where they can declare asylum.
Over the weekend, the scene at the border devolved as members of the current migrant caravan attempted to storm the border wall between Tijuana and San Diego, and threw rocks at law enforcement and military officers lining the border. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol responded by dispersing the crowd with tear gas, causing an uproar among pro-immigration activists who believe the caravans should be allowed into the United States without question.
CBP temporarily halted border traffic on Sunday, but allowed crossings to resume Monday morning. Mexico has pledged to deport the 500 or so migrants that stormed the border on Sunday back to their home country of Honduras.