UPDATED 11:31 AM PT — Tues. Nov. 20, 2018
A job fair is underway in Mexico, giving migrants a second chance to accept Mexico’s offer to stay and work in the country instead of going to the U.S.
The fair opened just south of the U.S. border in Tijuana Monday, providing work permits and a humanitarian visas to members of the caravan.
At least five companies took part in the event, mostly offering factory work, with more expected to join over the course of the month-long fair.
Mexican officials behind the event are hoping their efforts will cool tensions between locals and the migrants, following a string of violent incidents.
“This service fair is of course for the extraordinary flow of migrants, but it’s also for Mexicans looking for a job,” stated Franciso Iribe Paniagua, Secretary of Labor for Baja California, Mexico. “Today we will offer 1000 jobs, mainly in the industrial sector, and we will also inform people about the companies looking for workers in other states of the Mexican Republic.”
There are more than 2,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana and Mexican officials warn the number could swell to over 10,000 as more of the caravan arrives.