- A 36-year-old West African man who was part of the crowd died along the Tijuana River channel early Wednesday morning
- The victim’s body was reportedly found downstream near the northern border in California ‘s Tijuana River Valley, according to the outlet.
- Enrique Lucero, head of Tijuana’s Migrant Affairs Office, told KTLA 5 that we should expect to see further tragedies like this to occur
Video footage reveals the shocking moment a huge stampede of migrants cross into the US through the Tijuana River – with one man found dead shortly afterward.
A 36-year-old West African man who was part of the crowd died along the Tijuana River channel early Wednesday morning.
Mexico‘s National Institute of Migration shared the video showing dozens of migrants running into the country – knee-deep in the water.
The man died shortly after US Customs and Border Protection agents arrived on scene, after responding to a call for emergency services, according to Fox 5.
Enrique Lucero, head of Tijuana’s Migrant Affairs Office, said we should expect further tragedies like this to occur due to the mass border crossings.
He told KTLA 5 that the recent crossings with people from Africa pose extreme risks to their safety.
‘The mass crossings are a very complicated theme, especially with people from the African continent who keep doing this in spite of the dangers and the positioning of migration officers on both sides of the border trying to stop them,’ he said.
He said officials are ‘baffled’ as they attempt to find out who is bringing the thousands of migrants from Africa to Tijuana and how they enter the region.
‘The flow is constant, and we don’t know how they make their way here,’ he told KTLA 5. ‘There is no register at the airport or bus stations.’
Tijuana police and immigration officials feel ‘helpless’ in their efforts at scaling back the mass incursions, Lucero told the outlet.
‘We can try to stop them, detain them, neutralize them, but these will continue as long as the migrants have these feelings of desperation for not being able to get an appointment via the CBP One app.’
A staggering Republican report released last week revealed the massive cost of Biden’s migrant crisis.
Taxpayers have to front nearly half a trillion dollars each year because the Biden administration is not stopping migrants at the southern border, Republicans said in a report last Monday.
The cost of providing education, healthcare, law enforcement and other expenditure resulting from millions of extra migrants adds up to as much as $451 billion a year, says the House study.
The 49-page report comes as House Republicans push to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for allegedly failing to constrain the record numbers of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border.
‘Every day, millions of American taxpayer dollars are spent on costs directly associated with illegal immigration and the unprecedented crisis at the Southwest border sparked by … Mayorkas’ policies,’ says the report.
‘Mass illegal immigration, accelerated by Mayorkas’ open-borders policies, now represents a massive cost to the federal government and state governments alike, as well as the pocketbooks of private citizens and businesses.’
President Joe Biden’s administration has grappled with record numbers of migrants trying to cross the US-Mexico border illegally, a trend fueled by ever more people fleeing political chaos in Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
Since Biden took office in 2021, US border agents have made more than 5 million arrests of migrants making irregular crossings — that is, not through a controlled border station — over the U.S.-Mexico border.
Many claim asylum at the border and travel north looking for work in such sanctuary cities as New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago, which are reeling from spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the new arrivals.
Amid chaotic scenes of packed buses arriving from the border and migrants sleeping outside refuge centers, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, said earlier this fall that the influx ‘will destroy’ the city.