The Center for Immigration studies Monday reported that 35,000 migrants are headed towards the U.S. southern border from South America, piling on top of hundreds of thousands of migrants who have already come to the United States from Central America.

“Word of their successful entries into the United States this year clearly reached home countries because now a swell numbering as many as 35,000 is on an infamous migrant passage through which migrants have long funneled from South America to North America: the Darien Gap,” CIS said.

The Darien Gap connects northwestern Colombia with southeastern Panama. As the migrants head north, they pass through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and a host of other Central American hotbeds for illegal immigration, until they make it to southern Mexico and eventually to the United States.

Worse, these migrants are not just South American. Rather, CIS said there are unvetted people coming through South America from some of the most dangerous countries outside the Western Hemisphere.

“Like the proverbial ‘bulge in the belly of the snake,’ unusually high numbers of non-Latino migrants, obviously not from Central America, are now reportedly passing from Colombia through Panama on their way to the U.S. southern border,” the report sait. “Their numbers range to the tens of thousands, whose vanguards we have already seen at the U.S. Southwest Border in recent months: Cameroonians, Ghanaians, Congolese, Haitians, Cubans, and some from the Middle East.”

President Donald J. Trump has long been fighting to secure the U.S. southern border, but has been blocked by the GOP establishment and the political left. Instead, Congress has chosen to spend its time haranguing the president over the conditions of migrant detention facilities. The condition of the facilities would be moot if America simply closed its borders.

However, Trump recently threatened Mexico with massive tariffs if they did not help the United States stop the flow of migrants over our borders. He pulled back on the tariffs and said that he had reached an agreement with the Mexican government over border security. It was widely reported that the agreement included a provision that Mexico would send troops to its southern border with Guatemala, to head off migrants before they even reached Mexico.

The results of the agreement have been unclear.

Epoch Times reported in late June that there were no Mexican troops on its southern border.

“One of the busiest border crossings between Mexico and Guatemala has yet to see Mexican National Guard troops. In the southeast of Mexico, across the Suchiate River, goods and people flow all day long between the two countries,” the report said.

“But there is still no sign of the 6,000 troops that the Mexican government said it would deploy after President Donald Trump threatened to impose escalating tariffs if Mexico did not move to secure its southern border.”

Laura Loomer