Dozens of people in the Mexican city of Tijuana have staged a protest against US President Donald Trump. The demonstrators marched to the fence separating Mexico from the United States, where they burned an effigy of the Republican. "Trump, we won't pay for your wall", chanted protesters condemning the US president's immigration policy. They also urged Americans to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the upcoming election.
"We're calling on people to vote against Trump and in favour of hope. Biden has promised us a humanitarian migration reform, we'll be watching to ensure the promises are kept this time", said Hugo Castro, a Mexican-American migrant activist.
Besides the effigy of Trump, protesters burned a pinata depicting a US border patrol agent. The move was aimed at condemning the killing of a Mexican man, who attempted to enter the United States via the Tijuana-San Diego border last week. The man died following an altercation with US border officials.
The news comes a day before Americans cast ballots in the presidential election, with Trump battling former Vice President Joe Biden. The Democrat has been ahead of his rival in most states for several months, but Trump recently narrowed his lead and gained support in several key states. The latest survey conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post showed Trump narrowly leading Biden in Florida and a Guardian poll tracker revealed that Trump is slightly ahead of Biden in Ohio.
We Will Build The Wall
When kicking off his presidential bid in 2015 Donald Trump promised to stop the flow of illegal migrants coming to the United States from Mexico. Back then, the businessman-turned politician said:
"They're sending people that have a lot of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people".
Trump proposed to build a concrete wall on the border with Mexico and send the check to the latter. During the election campaign Trump said the 450-mile wall would cost $12 billion. However, a report by the Department of Homeland Security put the price tag at $21.6 billion. The Republican insisted that the barrier would not only stop illegal migration, but also help combat drug trafficking.