A caravan of thousands of migrants hoping to enter the United States is heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border, according to multiple reports.
The caravan now is 11,000 strong and on Monday departed Tapachula on the Mexico-Guatemala border the group is expected to swell up to 15,000, according to Daily Mail.
The group’s organizer, Luis Garcia Villagran, said they are hoping to send a message to the Western Hemisphere leaders attending the Summit of the Americas this week that will focus on migration, according to Reuters.
“These are countries collapsing from poverty and violence. We strongly urge those who attend the summit … to look at what is happening, and what could happen even more often in Mexico, if something is not done soon,” Garcia Villagran said, according to Reuters.
Mexican authorities let the group pass through southern Mexico and head north, according to Fox News, leading authorities at the U.S. southern border to be concerned over what could be an overwhelming situation.
“These caravans that are making their way to the U.S. how vital it is to have this infrastructure in place because, of course, with the … depleted resources from Border Patrol, they need the extra help … as far as manpower, technology, and infrastructure,” Lt. Christopher Olivarez told Fox News on Monday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) didn’t respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.