Hundreds of young men from one of the migrant caravans headed toward the United States arrived at a border fence that separates Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California on Monday; some of them began illegally entering the U.S. after climbing the fence.
“A few jumped or crawled to openings in the fence onto U.S. soil but quickly ran back as Border Patrol agents approached,” FOX 5 San Diego reported.
The video comes after former law enforcement official Robert Arce reported that Mexican federal and state police forces escorted approximately 400 migrants on buses to the U.S. border earlier this week.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report at the beginning of November that stated there are “hundreds of convicted criminals or known gang members traveling in the migrant caravan that is traveling through Mexico to the U.S. southern border,” The Daily Wire reported.
“In fact, over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership,” DHS reported. “Those include a number of violent criminals – examples include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual assault on a child, and assault on a female.”
The report also included a statement from the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., who said that caravan members were “very violent,” noting: “Unfortunately, some of the people in the caravan have been very violent against authority, even though they have offered the possibility of entering in compliance with immigration law and refugee status.”
“@DHSgov can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories,” Department spokesperson Tyler Houlton wrote on Twitter. “Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.”
The Daily Wire reported in late October that the Mexican government had arrested and deported two of the caravan migrants who were respectively accused of drug trafficking and being involved in murdering three people.
Some in the caravan are brazen about alleged crimes that they have committed, as one Honduran national told a Fox News reporter that he was headed to the U.S. because he “got in trouble” in his home country for “attempted murder.”
“Criminals are everywhere,” another migrant told Fox News. “It’s criminals in here. It is. But it is not that many. It is good people here trying to get through Mexico and then get to the United States. It doesn’t mean that everybody is a criminal.”