A group of migrants that the U.S. Border Patrol believes is part of the Honduran-originated caravan heading through Mexico to America has reached the border fence between Tijuana and San Diego on Tuesday.
What happened next was not quite what anyone expected.
A number of young men started scaling the metal fence that stretches out into the ocean between the two countries. Many of them stopped at the top, sitting on the wide top edge of the fence or walking along it as the crowd on the Mexican side emitted sporadic cheers and whistles.
Some video clips showed only a small handful of Border Patrol agents watching from a distance on horseback or ATVs, but a video report from the San Diego Union-Tribune revealed several vehicles observing from a sand dune above the beach, according to the Washington Examiner. A helicopter watched from the sky.
“I was very surprised how many people are here and how many different officials are here, it seems like there’s something going on it's not normal to have this many resources tied up all these vehicles saw armored car coming down the road it just seemed more than just an average day," said Greg Boldner, who was visiting the San Diego side of the beach, according to Fox 5 San Diego.
The mood of the crowd on the Mexican side was oddly jovial. Several of the men jumped over the fence or crawled through holes underneath, appearing to taunt Border Patrol agents as they jauntily strolled toward them. The crowd cheered as they started to run back to the fence as Border Patrol agents moved toward them.
Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire noted that the people approaching the fence were “almost all young men, little to no women and children.”
One woman recorded what was going on as she stood alongside the agents on the U.S. side. She observed multiple illegal aliens jumping over the fence. Agents asked her to stay back because they believed the sight of cameras encouraged more migrants to cross over the fence and try to get on the news.
As activity died down Tuesday evening, the Border Patrol hired a private company to string spiraling wire along the top of the fence to make it harder to get over. People who watched the videos of the fence climbers on social media were shocked that the California-based Border Patrol agents appeared to do so little in response.