Migrants cheer as they pack into train heading to the US from Mexico: video

11:17 18.09.2023 - New York Post

Hundreds of migrants were filmed cheering triumphantly as they packed out a cargo train heading toward the US amid record numbers of illegal border crossings.

Footage posted by Fox News on Sunday showed a FerroMex train passing through the central Mexican city of Zacatecas as it made its way northbound on a 750-mile journey to the US.

Each cargo carriage was packed with people cheering, clapping and whistling in apparent triumph - with some even hanging from the sides and waving at the camera.

The footage quickly went viral after being tweeted by Fox News' Griff Jenkins, who wrote that the migrants were "clearly not heeding the message: Сdo not come.'"

He was referring to Vice President Kamala Harris who told Guatemalan migrants in June: "Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our borders."

The Post has reached out to US Customs and Border Protection for comment.

The video comes amid unprecedented illegal immigration to the United States.

In August, US Border Patrol officials arrested at least 91,000 migrants who crossed the border as part of family groups, according to data obtained by the Washington Post - beating the previous one-month record of 84,486 migrant families arrested in May 2019, under the Trump administration.

FOX News sources capture a FerroMex train bursting with migrants out of Zacatecas heading to our southern border right now??¶ cheering and clearly not heeding the message: "do not come" @FoxNews

- Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) September 17, 2023

Officials also saw a marked increase in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the country.

The influx has inundated Border Patrol agents, who will likely soon start releasing migrants onto the streets of El Paso, Texas.

"Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our community and the safety of our asylum seekers," Mayor Oscar Leeser said at a Friday morning news conference.

"We don't want them sleeping on the streets, but at some point, we will run out of capacity."

Until now, he said, the city government has been able to delay so-called "street releases," when migrants who have been screened and processed by Border Patrol get released into the community when the agency runs out of space to hold them.

El Paso shelters that normally take the migrants in are at capacity, telling The Post in August they are "busier than ever."

Leeser said the city has 400 dedicated hotel rooms every night available for migrants - paid for by federal tax dollars. Sometimes, the need is greater, as it was Thursday night when migrants filled up 700 hotel rooms.

In those cases, they can avoid having migrants on the streets by booking extra hotel space, but the rooms aren't always available.

"The numbers continue to grow," Leeser explained. "This has become something that we meet every day to prevent from happening."

To deal with some of the influx, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott started busing migrants to so-called sanctuary cities, like New York, in April.

The goal was to force blue states to share the burden of the migration crisis.

On Tuesday, Abbott announced that the state had bused more than 35,000 migrants to northern cities - including over 13,000 to New York City.

"Texas has bused over 35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities," Abbott tweeted Tuesday, including a breakdown of which cities have received the most migrants.

"Over 11,300 to DC, Over 13,300 to NYC, Over 6,700 to Chicago, Over 2,600 to Philadelphia, Over 1,000 to Denver, Over 480 to LA," the governor noted.

The totals released by Abbott Tuesday represent an increase of more than 12,000 since the state last updated the number of migrants that have been bused out of state under Operation Lone Star - a state border security and burden-sharing effort launched by the governor in 2021.

Meanwhile, Arizona has also become a huge border flashpoint - with migrant encounters in the Border Patrol's Tucson sector the highest in the country.

Border sources there confirmed the state recorded 9,100 migrants encountered in a single day last week - close to the record-setting 10,000-a-day figures experienced across the entire border in May when Title 42 ended.

Over 7,400 of those migrants had crossed illegally and then handed themselves over to border patrol, overwhelming the available resources.

Migrants have been released onto the streets in Nogales and Casa Grande, Border Patrol sources told The Post, sharing photos of migrants who had made their way to the US from around the world loitering in public spaces.

Sources have also said the huge influx of migrants to Arizona is being orchestrated by the cartels.

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Migrants enthusiastically board train bound for US from Mexico: video

In a shocking display of defiance, hundreds of migrants were captured on video cheering triumphantly as they crowded onto a cargo train making its way toward the United States' southern border. ..... Each cargo carriage was packed with people, who could be seen waving, clapping, and whistling in what appeared to be a moment of victory. Some migrants even hung from the sides of the train, energetically greeting the camera. The video quickly went viral after being shared on social media by Fox News journalist Griff Jenkins, who pointed out that the migrants were clearly disregarding the message from Vice President Kamala Harris: "do not come." This statement was made by Harris in June while addressing Guatemalan migrants, emphasizing that the United States would continue to enforce its laws and secure its borders.

The release of this video comes at a time when the United States is experiencing an unprecedented surge in illegal immigration. Border Patrol officials reported that in August alone, they arrested at least 91,000 migrants who crossed the border as part of family groups. This number surpassed the previous one-month record of 84,486 migrant families arrested in May 2019, during the Trump administration. The influx of migrants has not been limited to family groups, as there has also been a significant increase in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the country.

This surge in illegal crossings has overwhelmed Border Patrol agents, who are now facing the difficult decision of releasing migrants onto the streets of El Paso, Texas. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser expressed his concern for both the community's safety and the well-being of the asylum seekers during a news conference, stating that they don't want migrants sleeping on the streets. However, the city's shelters are already at capacity, and additional hotel rooms provided by federal tax dollars are not always available. Leeser mentioned that the numbers of migrants continue to grow, and preventing street releases has become a daily challenge.

To address the overflow of migrants, Texas Governor Greg Abbott implemented a busing program that transports migrants to so-called "sanctuary cities" such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. The goal of this program is to distribute the burden of the migration crisis among different states. ..... 

The situation is not limited to Texas, as Arizona has also become a significant hotspot for illegal border crossings. ..... 

The Biden administration is grappling with this challenging situation and considering various measures to address the flow of illegal immigrants at the southern border. One proposed plan involves forcing migrants who cross into the United States to remain in Texas while they await their asylum screening. This plan, if implemented, would also include the use of ankle bracelets to track their locations. However, the administration has faced opposition, suing Texas to remove a barrier the state installed in the Rio Grande to deter illegal migration. The administration has also sued Arizona for constructing a barrier out of shipping containers on its border with Mexico. Officials have been discussing partnerships with local groups to provide housing for the migrants while their cases are being processed.

Since May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has removed or returned over 200,000 people. The agency continues to engage in policy and operational discussions to ensure a fair, humane, and effective immigration process. However, the surge in illegal immigration and the strain it places on border towns have prompted Texas to take action. Through its busing program, the state aims to alleviate the burden on cities directly impacted by the influx of migrants and distribute this responsibility more evenly among other states. Governor Abbott argues that Texas has carried the weight of illegal immigration for too long and that "sanctuary cities" should share in addressing this challenge.

Video shows train filled with migrants heading toward US southern border from Mexico

Migrants heard cheering as train rode toward US southern border.

A FerroMex train out of Zacatecas, Mexico and heading toward the U.S. southern border was packed with migrants who could be heard cheering while hanging off the sides of the cars, video shows.

The train was captured on video on Sunday, despite the U.S. sending a stern message to migrants: "do not come."

Border patrols along the southern border have been facing overwhelming numbers of illegal crossings.

For instance, Ajo, Arizona saw 2,000 illegal crossings a day for several straight days last week, forcing agents to resort to street releases because shelters are packed. The migrants include people from Africa.

Last month, there were well over 20,000 migrants in Border Patrol custody, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection source, in the Rio Grande Valley sector in Texas.

Caravans heading toward the southern border included families with infants and children, along with unaccompanied minors.

Of the families that were stopped along the Rio Grande Valley, many were released with future court dates.

The Biden Administration is considering forcing migrants who cross into the U.S. to illegally remain in Texas while they wait out their asylum screening.

Officials with the administration have cited the plan as a way to curb the flow of illegal immigrants at the southern border. The plan would also include the implementation of ankle bracelets to track their location, for migrants who are actually caught. ..... 

The migrants would undergo an asylum screening to determine whether they can remain in the U.S. Officials have discussed working with local groups to provide housing for the migrants.


"DHS continuously holds policy and operational discussions on how to leverage our authorities to ensure a fair, humane, and effective immigration process that efficiently removes those without a lawful basis to stay in the country," the DHS statement said.

Texas has been operating a busing program to transport migrants to "sanctuary cities" like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles to provide relief to border towns.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott argues that Texas cities have carried the weight of illegal immigration and "sanctuary cities" need to share that burden.

"Texas has bused over 35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities," he wrote earlier this month on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. "Over 11,300 to D. ..... 

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