After beginning their journey toward the United States on foot, thousands of Central Americans from the migrant caravan began streaming into Tijuana in buses this week, stating they intend to request asylum from the U.S.
However, many migrants are now realizing the asylum process won’t go as fast as they expected. In fact, they reportedly may have to wait for months in Tijuana in order to get an asylum hearing.
However, some migrants are now voicing plans to get into the United States another way – rush the border all at once.
A report published Wednesday by the Associated Press quoted a Honduran man who explained their plan:
A few people pitched tents at the Tijuana beach plaza while most, like Henry Salinas, 30, of Honduras, planned to sleep there in the open.
He said that he intended to wait for thousands more in the caravan to arrive and that he hoped to jump the fence in a large group at the same time, overwhelming Border Patrol agents.
“It’s going to be all against one, one against all. All of Central America against one, and one against Central America. … All against Trump, and Trump against all,” he said.
In another report by Mexican news outlet Uniradio Informa, published on Friday, a pastor of the Ambassadors of Jesus Church, Gustavo Banda Aceves, also stated that he had heard migrants speaking of this plan to rush the border at the area where the vehicles all pass through between Mexico and the U.S.
Authorities have set up razor wire barriers at this vehicle checkpoint, indicating they are aware of the plan.
A translated version of the report reads as follows:
The Central Americans who have arrived in the city are waiting for the rest of the Migrant Caravan to arrive, because they bring the plan to join all and enter the United States massively through the vehicular counterflow of El Chaparral. pastor of the Ambassadors of Jesus Church, Gustavo Banda Aceves.
“First the distrust is what I notice and secondly they know very well what they are going to do, they do not say it but they have instructions of what it is that they are going to do, I am very concerned about what I have heard, that They all think that they cross the line, the same thing that was done there in Tapachula. They want to join everyone and they do not really know what they are facing, I do not know how but Trump already supposes what they are going to do, therefore he has put barbed wire and closed lanes because he has information that all of them are they are going to cross, say in a ball and they are going to use the lanes where the cars cross and I told them that the only one who wins with all this is Mr. Donald Trump because he justifies his wall and in the second he is going to say that they are suffering an invasion.
Below is the interview with the Pastor:
Translation of the following post: “A metallic wall has been installed by the federal police at the san ysidro gate, as a preventive measure to the massive arrival of Central American migrants trying to enter the United States.”