Migrants gather in Tijuana, Mexico with hopes of entering the United States
In a bid to force their way into the United States illegally, thousands of caravan migrants are reportedly planning to “stampede” the US Southern Border, an aid group has warned.
Busloads carrying hundreds of caravan migrants have been arriving in Tijuana, Mexico, with an estimated 3000 flooding the border city just this week.
After Trump announced that those traveling in caravans would be denied asylum in the US, migrants are willing to enter the United States by any means imaginable, even if it means stampeding across the border fence.
Footage captured by Telemundo news cameras shows migrants who had been staying at a refugee camp in Tijuana, climbing the border fence and scaling towards the top of the metal structure.
“A human stampede would be an immediate provocation to the U.S. and justify Donald Trump to impact the binational dynamics of the economy,” Tijuana councilman Manuel Monarrez said.
Warnings of the dangers of storming the border appear to be falling on deaf ears, however.
According to the Daily Mail, Jorge Molina, one of several thousand Hondurans who joined the massive multinational migrant caravan that took its first steps towards the Mexico-U.S. border in mid-October, said the majority wants to be on the other side of the fence.
He already sensed the restlessness settling over refugee campsite just south of California.
“Some want to jump over the wall, others want to go the other way, others want to wait,” Molina told Telemundo on Tuesday.
Such daring mission could endanger migrants who are just dreaming of being granted asylum in the United States.
“We were going to gather at that huge door… I think thousands could make that jump,” said Sergio Tamai, who founded Angels Without Borders, a group that has been aiding the migrants during the process.
Migrants made their way into southern Mexico from Guatemala, but not before violently clashing with its military and police force on several occasions in late October.
President Donald Trump even suggested earlier this month that the 5,000 American troops that were recently stationed at a section of the southern border that stretches from Texas to California could fire their weapons if the migrants were to provoke them with violence.
“They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” Trump said during a White House press conference on November 2.
“I told them, consider it a rifle.”
About 3,000 migrants have arrived from the first caravan and settled in Tijuana in recent weeks as they wait to cross the border.
Meanwhile, several thousand more are making a beeline towards the Mexico-U.S. border.
Since Monday, a few men left the dirt filled camp area and were seen performing a practice run near Playa de Tijuana, perfecting the skill of climbing up the steel fence in the popular tourist town as onlookers cheered them on.
On Monday, a US federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked Trump’s administration from denying asylum to people who enter the country illegally, prompting the president to allege Tuesday that the liberal court was biased against him.