Mexican Towns Feel Burden Of Increased Migrant Traffic

Apparently, the migrant crisis in the United States is on the verge of getting a lot worse.

Residents of rural towns in Mexico talked with The New York Post recently and said that their areas have been overrun in recent years by migrants. What they’re facing now could serve as a preview of what some cities in America could soon face – even as the U.S. is already dealing with a major crisis.

One local businessman who owns a company in the coffee industry said that there have been thousands of migrants who’ve come to Tapachula, a city in Chiapas – a southern state in Mexico. He said that they’ve come from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and other parts of Central America, all enroute to America.

This influx of these migrants has been very overwhelming to the residents who have for generations worked in the fields in the region, but who now have to face stiff competition for their jobs as well as housing. The businessman said that the migrants are using Tapachula as one of their pit stops on the way to the U.S., and have obviously needed the work and housing services.

Making matters worse, the area is becoming overrun with drug traffickers and human traffickers due to the huge number of additional people there.

As the businessman told The Post:

“The city is almost unrecognizable from just a few years ago. It’s just waves of people. The locals don’t know what to think. The place they’ve lived in for so long is totally different all of a sudden.”

Residents in the region have said that the problems that Tapachula is facing could serve as an indicator of what’s to come for an increasing number of American cities.

Last week, the residents said that as many as 3,000 migrants left Tapachula heading for the southern border.

The influx of migrants is causing other problems for business. Locals who live in the town work very hard and obtain all the permits they need to sell goods at marketplaces and on the street. Yet, the migrants who come don’t respect the process the same way, and eventually crowd out the locals.

This increased competition makes it much more difficult for the local Mexican residents to keep up with what’s already a meager living. They’ve been forced, as a result, to try to find other ways to make money, at a time when finances aren’t very good.

Housing costs have also soared due to all the newcomers to the region, whether it’s for small individual rooms or for larger apartments. With the huge demand for housing, property owners can now charge higher rent, which makes it very challenging for the local Mexicans to secure proper housing.

The presence of the cartels in the city has also made it much more difficult for the locals to conduct their basic business. Local residents also told The Post that they are now much more concerned for their safety than they’ve ever been in their hometown.