"Approximately 2,000 aliens have arrived in northern Mexico as part of a 'caravan' seeking to cross the border into Texas," Nielsen said in the release. "Illegal entry will not be tolerated and we stand ready to prevent it."
Nielsen claimed that such caravans are a result of Congress's failure to fully fund a border wall and to fix the US immigration system.
The caravan arrived at the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras, which is just across the border from Eagle Pass in the US state of Texas, according to media reports.
Most of the migrants are coming from Central America, mostly Honduras, in order to seek asylum in the United States. The majority have said the reason for fleeing their countries is to escape violence and poverty.