It’s only the first wave but some of the caravan migrants have arrived in Tijuana, just across the border from San Diego. The NY Times reports those who have arrived are now weighing their options:
Their arrival in Tijuana marked the end of one struggle — making it safely to the United States border. But it signaled the start of another to get across that border, something that President Trump has promised to impede, even for those seeking asylum. Mr. Trump has labeled the caravan an invasion, deployed American soldiers to the border and made changes to asylum rules in efforts to confront it.
A few of the migrants who have made it to Tijuana were already trying to figure out how to get appointments with American border officials to present their cases for sanctuary, migrants’ advocates said. Most, however, appear to be biding their time and considering their options, including seeking sanctuary in the United States, trying to cross illegally or remaining in Mexico.
About 800 migrants associated with the caravan have made it to Tijuana so far, according to local officials and advocates, with thousands more still crossing Mexico and expected to arrive in the next several days.
That report at least has the value of being honest about the migrant’s intentions. Video circulated today of some of the first arrivals climbing a border fence along the beach. And yes, some of them jumped over and were captured by the border patrol on the U.S. side:
Wasn’t it just a week ago that CNN’s Jim Acosta lectured the president saying this sort of thing would not happen? Why, yes, it was:
Mr. Acosta editorialized again:
“Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on. But they’re not going to be doing that.”
Is Mr. Acosta now a spokesman for the caravan?
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 14, 2018
The remaining caravan is still hundreds of miles away but they appear to be making good time hitch-hiking. Several thousand more migrants will arrive over the weekend or by early next week.
The Daily Wire published a video report by Ami Horowitz titled “The Truth Behind the Caravan” which gives an inside view of who makes up the caravan and who appears to be organizing it. It’s seven minutes long but definitely worth a watch: