Over the weekend undocumented immigrants jumped to the number four spot on TIME Magazine’s person of the year poll. The group has quickly moved to the #4 spot on their own but they could soon move up to the #3 spot and stay there thanks to 4chan users.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is currently in first place of TIME’s poll — thanks to some funny business by users on 4chan, the image-based bulletin board with 18 million visitors a month.

A 4chan user successfully encouraged the community to vote for the newly crowned leader and hours later that same user posted a script for people to download to automate the voting process.

Now that Kim Jong-un is at the top, 4chan hopes to spell “KJUGASCHAMBERS” with the first letter of every TIME candidate’s name. “KJUGASCHAMBERS” is the name of the concentration camp near the border of Russia and China, used by the North Korean government according to the Guardian.

The third letter in “KJUGASCHAMBERS” could easily go to “Undocumented Immigrants” since they’re already in the fourth place.

The Guardian once summarized the 4chan community as “lunatic, juvenile… brilliant, ridiculous and alarming.” The online community group has made national headlines before with North Korea-related pranks.

When Justin Bieber decided to allow the his fans determine his next touring destination, the folks at 4chan ensured he’d end up in North Korea. 

Voting for TIME’s person of year poll closes at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 12, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 14. You can vote on TIME.com.

The TIME poll clearly points out that “as always TIME’s editors will choose the Person of the Year,” so ultimately they’ll have the final say of who ends up on the cover of the magazine at the end of the month.

(h/t Mashable)

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