Roughly 5,000 people have joined a caravan in southern Mexico headed for the border with the United States.
Mustering in Chiapas, the caravan is the largest such gathering this year, according to the Daily Mail. Its members have reportedly become fed up with lethargic pace of Mexico’s own migrant processing system and are opting to take their chances with America instead.
The group includes people from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, and much of Central America. Caravan leader Irineo Mujica told Real America’s Voice on Monday that “the Biden administration has dropped the ball with immigration.”
“A lot of the countries [that] are fueling this immigration by providing a way, transporting people… to make sure that a lot of this immigration goes straight in to the United States,” he said.
“Every country has just been providing them rides… just pushing them in and pushing them in,” he said of the nations through which migrants cross along the way.
The caravan comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection have reported more than 7 million migrant encounters at the southwest land border since President Joe Biden took office.
The massive inflow has increasingly prompted security concerns, especially in light of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and recent reports that the Department of Homeland Security has admitted hundreds of thousands of otherwise inadmissible aliens through use of the CBP One migrant processing app.