Immigrants have taunted US President Donald Trump by climbing the border wall in Mexico to cross into the US.
Only days after the president gave a tough immigration talk deploying thousands of National Guard troops ordering them to secure the US frontier with Mexico, one young man managed to hop over the barrier with the support of three other men.
Deciding to tease Trump, the determined migrant climbed over the metal barrier between Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and Sunland Park in New Mexico on Friday (April 6).
While one man stood as a lookout, two others gave the young migrant a boost allowing him to jump over the rusty wall.
The whole mission took less than two minutes and as soon as he was over, the Mexican ran into American territory to avoid being spotted by Border Protection and US Customs.
Disappearing into the desert, the border jumper sprinted towards a group of houses which were just visible on the horizon.
One of the men helping the migrant told AFP why he decided to give the young Mexican a boost saying:
He couldn’t get over! He was taking forever.
He added he had seen people scale the 20-foot tall wall in just one minute.
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This comes after Trump furiously tweeted in response to seeing news reports of a caravan of more than 1,000 migrants crossing into Mexico heading towards the US.
On April 1 and 2 he wrote:
Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like catch and release.
Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming. Republicans must go to nuclear option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!
Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the US. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws.
They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!
Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large ‘caravans’ of people enter their country. They must stop them at their northern border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws.
Congress must immediately pass border legislation, use nuclear option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of drugs and people. Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Democratic laws don’t allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!
Judging from the fact this flurry of tweets was endless, I think it is safe to say this ‘caravan’ issue really, really bothered Trump.
There is nothing he loves more than his borders and wall though!
Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018
With Trump then ordering 2,000 to 4,000 National Guards to the border, the activists behind the caravan mission have announced the migrants will each be going their own way, no longer trying to reach the border in a group.
While many remain in central Mexico, some have already made it to the border.
Javier Calvillo, a Catholic priest who runs a shelter for migrants in Ciudad Juarez, told AFP:
Five migrants who were part of the caravan arrived here this week, but they’re already gone.
They crossed into the United States, or tried to.
I’m pretty sure Trump will soon be tweeting about this.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.