Footage shows migrants cheering as they crowd a train from Mexico headed to the US

Footage shows migrants cheering as they crowd a train from Mexico headed to the US

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: ‘do 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.”

A screengrab from the video showing migrants hanging off the sides of the cargo train.
Video posted online showed a cargo train teeming with migrants as it made its way through Mexico and into the United States.
FOX News

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.

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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 pic.twitter.com/YflMwXrWqu

— 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.”

Migrant men are seen here sitting on the sidewalk in New York City waiting to be processed.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been busing migrants to so-called sanctuary cities, like New York.
Kevin C. Downs for NY Post
Migrant adults, without children, wait midline at 26 Federal Plaza to apply for federal services, such as a work permit or asylum.
The United States faced unprecedented illegal immigration in August, inundating Border Patrol.
Seth Gottfried

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. 

A member of the Texas National Guard tries to inhibit the crossing of a migrant into the United States.
Border Patrol officials in El Paso, Texas will likely have to start releasing migrants onto the streets.
REUTERS
A member of the Texas National Guard stands guard with the purpose of inhibiting the crossing of migrants to the United States.
Sources have claimed to the Post that the huge number of migrants entering Arizona are being funded by the cartels.
REUTERS

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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