Migrants in the Central American caravan heading towards the US border are planning to wait until an expected 20,000 migrants arrive in Tijuana and then enter the United States illegally en masse, according to a report.
The group plans to attempt to illegally enter the US through vehicle lanes at San Ysidro, because “it’s more spacious.”
Marco Gómez, 26, is a construction worker from Honduras who is currently marching with the caravan. According to the Epoch Times, he was with a larger group of migrants who were discussing how they want to “send a message” to President Donald Trump to “open the gates.”
“We’ll stay together and be strong, and then move on to the U.S.,” he said. “Peacefully, like people going from one country to another. Marching.”
Gómez and several others told the Epoch Times that they plan to enter illegally and are unlikely to apply for asylum.
“It’s a waste of time. It’s a process that takes months and years—it’s a long time,” Gómez said.
Another migrant, Frank Martinez, had a similar plan.
“I personally, and I know many people will attempt to do the same thing—it’s to cross illegally. I will enter illegally,” Martinez said. “Because we want a better life, and I’m in a hurry.”
Though the migrants were offered asylum in Mexico, they have no plans to take them up on their offer. Instead, they hope to storm the border to the US.
“It’s not my intention, to stay here, in this country. My intention is the United States,” Martinez said.
In a video posted by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, one of the organizations assisting the caravan, a leader is heard saying that there will be an attempt to cross the US border on Sunday, November 25.
“The best day to go to the bridge—peacefully, not with violence—is on Sunday. And write banners with our points — and we don’t want the media to publish this before we do it,” the leader is heard saying.
“If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!” Trump tweeted on Saturday.