A FerroMex train captured on video Sunday afternoon gives new meaning to Vice President Kamala Harris’s year-old message to would-be migrants: “Do not come.” Despite her stern warning last June, a train full of migrants was seen heading to the U.S. southern border, seemingly undeterred. The video, released by Fox News national correspondent Griff Jenkins on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, has captured the attention of concerned Americans.
In the footage, the train, bursting with people and originating from Zacatecas, a Mexican state in north-central Mexico, is more than just a spectacle. It’s a symptom of a border crisis spiraling out of control. For a country whose largest railroad network, FerroMex, boasts over “6,200 miles of track” and connects “with the rest of the world through 8 seaports and 6 border crossings,” this isn’t just another train ride.
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
Jenkins quoted Harris in his post containing the video clip: “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.'”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) responded emphatically, “This is what an invasion looks like. Nothing about this is regular or lawful.” Indeed, this sentiment echoes the alarm sounded by many conservatives who have long been pointing out the deficiencies in border control under the Biden administration.
In just over a year, more than 1.5 million illegal migrants have entered the U.S., according to Department of Homeland Security data. This number is more than three times the illegal entries recorded during the last three years of the Trump administration. The message from the White House that “the border is closed” is brushed aside, not just among migrants but also among the American public who see otherwise.
'This is what an invasion looks like': Video shows Mexican train reportedly 'bursting' with migrants heading to US southern border https://t.co/eKzpvrLqHH
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The surge is not only in numbers but also in the complexity of the crisis. Caravans, including families with infants and unaccompanied minors, are now common. U.S. Customs and Border Protection sources revealed that last month alone, “well over 20,000 migrants” were in custody in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley sector. Additionally, border towns in Arizona and Texas are feeling the heat. Ajo, Arizona, experienced 2,000 illegal crossings daily for several straight days last week, leading agents to resort to street releases.
Despite the mounting crisis, the Biden Administration’s response has raised eyebrows. While discussions about ankle bracelets for migrants and asylum screenings are underway, the administration has sued states like Texas and Arizona for their efforts to curb illegal immigration. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) pointed out the irony on the X platform, saying Texas cities have carried the weight of the crisis, busing over “35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities.”
The video of the migrant-filled train heading toward the U.S. border serves as a visual testament to a problem that remains far from solved. As long as trains like this continue to roll, the message from Washington will remain inconsistent at best, and the crisis at the southern border will keep getting worse.