Complaints Persist on International Migrants Day (Uniradio Informa, 12/18/12)

TIJUANA, BC - To once again celebrate the International Day of the Migrant in Tijuana, hundreds of people who roam the streets after being repatriated, remain the same; victims of police harassment, because although they are Mexicans, they are homeless waiting to return to spend Christmas with their families, clinging to the American dream.

And while most Lazos families have made their final preparations for Christmas dinner, migrants remain in their places, though they expect municipal police will not even allow them to remain seated anywhere, as William, a young fighter who said he lived in the United States for 10 years and was returned with his wife and children today.

"I am sad because we have all been deported, and here we are asking for a helping hand as much as possible. From there in the bushes we are trying to cross the hill, because beyond it is my family, my wife, my children and my brothers, and I am here. I can really not walk there because the police said if we move, we will be jailed for not having an ID. If I'm sitting here, the police come and I get up. He says I have to go but I don't see any sign that says you can't be sitting here", he stressed.

José de Guadalajara also lived in the United States for years and today he has been in Tijuana for 8 months living alongside migrants, since after being deported back to his hometown, but he couldn't find work. He returned to Tijuana thinking that there are more job opportunities in this city, something that has not happened.

"I waited a month to cross, but in two years I was deported. I don’t want anything beyond working, and here the money that you earn does not yield anything. I am a baker and they do not want to pay anything for my work; I'm not going to give it away. I do not expect anything; I just ask God to give me a job. I only feel like resting awhile and not always walking", he commented.

In the Padre Chava dining room, migrants have always come and found support, however each of them have their own history, as does Roberto Pérez de Chiapas, who despite the fact that for 20 years he sent money to his family, today he has been in Tijuana two years volunteering at this place, trying to gather resources to return to the United States because he said he is owed money there. "The truth is, I need to return because I had work and we left owed money and that’s why I want to return. I am only a volunteer here," he said.

This is how, one way or another, migrants live their day attached to the same dream, victims of the same harassment, despised by society itself and abandoned by the same authorities that paint Baja California as the venue of opportunities.

Altiplano Families Must Walk in the Mud (Uniradio Informa, 12/18/12)

TIJUANA, BC – A family comprised of Oralia, Pedro and his four sons, in the midst of the rain had to walk more than three kilometers by the streams to go to the colonia Altiplano health center. This situation faces families on the outskirts of Tijuana. They live at the top of a hill, in Jardines del Encinal, beyond the Boulevard 2000 neighborhood. Pedro Isaguirre recounted "...- and why by foot?-... because transportation is scarce, the subgrade is very bad, with many holes".

Oralia said, "I don’t get offers of support and I have an appointment at the family doctor, a little flu, normal... did you ever walk the 3 kilometers to Lucero? ... I was not expecting this trouble; I need to beat the rain that’s coming".

The transporters recognize that with this climate in low areas, Marco A. Elizondo, a driver said, "the landscape in the community is difficult". Rain leads to flooding, especially in the eastern area of Tijuana at the points where the paving is missing.


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