TIJUANA (Report to the border) – There has been an increase in the number of migrants from the state of Michoacán arriving in border towns like Tijuana, according to José María García, director of a shelter in the Mexican border town.
García accuses organized crime of forcing people to move and flee.
“There are groups from the state of Michoacán that have gradually started to accumulate here, people who have suffered a lot of violence,” García said. “Unfortunately, violence has increased within these criminal groups.”
According to García, the cartels are now using drones that drop grenades and other explosives in overcrowded areas.
“We don’t know the reasons why organized crime wants to move so many people. Something else is probably going on. There has been a lot of violence there since 2016. Unfortunately, over the past few weeks it has increased.
The violence would not be generated by drugs, but by lawyers.
The state of Michoacan produces about 75% of the avocados grown in Mexico, with a total turnover of about $ 2 billion per year.
The cartels are trying to take control of this industry.
“My son received 10 bullets,” said Oralia Abrago, who arrived in Tijuana a few weeks ago. “He was a bodyguard for an avocado producer. He went to see a shipment when they shot him.
Abrago says his son survived for about a week before he died in hospital. A few days later, two men on motorcycles rushed towards her with a warning.
“They told me that I had to drop the complaint and that if I didn’t, they would kill me, my daughter and my grandchildren,” she said.
According to Abrago, that’s when she decided to flee with her daughter and grandchildren.
“She’s my only daughter. Better to go, but I haven’t even had a chance to say goodbye to my mother, ”she said. “We went to the San Ysidro border post but they told us that they were not letting anyone in and they gave us a number for this refuge.
According to others who run migrant shelters, Abrago is among some 1,500 people displaced by violence in Michoacán in recent weeks.
Abrago is now hoping to be able to cross the border at some point.
“I say please open their hearts and let’s cross over, we’re not going to hurt anybody there, I’m just going to dedicate myself to the job,” she said.