It won’t be a shock for you to read that some really bad hombres have been discovered to be among the migrant caravan, some 7,000 strong, walking towards the southern border of America. The folks at Judicial Watch have interviewed some who have previously been deported and are now trying to get back in and some more nefarious characters, like human traffickers. They’ve also met with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.
Judicial Watch has obtained exclusive information and photos from Guatemalan authorities revealing that they have recovered seven unaccompanied minors from human smugglers working inside the caravan. The children have been taken into custody and they are being provided with food, water and medical attention, according to a high-level Guatemalan government official. The smugglers have been arrested and the broader investigation into criminal activity in the caravan is ongoing.
A Judicial Watch team, headed by Director of Investigations Chris Farrell, spent several days on the Guatemala-Honduras border covering the illegal alien caravan, which originated in the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. The team filed a number of exclusive reports and videos and met with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and other top government officials.
The narrative being pushed by the gullible media is that these Central Americans are poor and hungry, looking for jobs and a better life. However, that’s a pretty big fantasy in the minds of regular Americans who watch news coverage of a stream of people walking towards America demanding to be let in. When interviewed, the same talking points are offered and the whole thing seems to be staged.
All of the migrants interviewed by Judicial Watch repeated the same rehearsed line when asked who organized the caravan, insisting it was a spontaneous event even though there were clearly organizers shouting instructions in Spanish and putting select persons in front of cameras for interviews. A few claimed they heard about it on local news in Honduras. All of them said the caravan was not about politics but rather poverty. “I just want to get back to the U.S.,” said a 32-year-old man who admitted he has been deported from the U.S. twice. “We are all just looking for work.” The group radiated a sense of empowerment. One marcher, who appeared to be in his late teens, yelled “you go live in Honduras and see what it’s like!”
I have no doubt that life is hard in Honduras. But, life is hard in many countries. This isn’t a new development that happened overnight, resulting in thousands of people deciding en masse to just start walking to America. Someone has to be behind it, someone who got the ball rolling, and the timing alone is suspicious. The Honduran president says as much.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, a conservative, said in a local newspaper report that leftist interests seeking to destabilize the country are manipulating migrants. Women and children are being used without regard to the risks to their lives, Hernández said. “The irregular mobilization was organized for political reasons to negatively affect the governance and image of Honduras and to destabilize the peace of neighboring countries,” the president said, adding that many have returned to the country after realizing they’ve been fooled.
The Guatemalans and Hondurans being told that asylum is available in America will be disappointed to learn that simply coming for a better job does not meet the criteria for asylum. One caravan participant even admitted he isn’t afraid to live where he does, that he isn’t fleeing violence, but that he is coming for work.
Another man in his 30s contradicted media reports that caravan participants are fleeing violence and fear for their life. “We’re not scared,” he said waving his index finger as others around him nodded in agreement. “We’re going to the United States to get jobs.” Others chanted “vamos para allá Trump!” (We’re coming Trump) as they clenched their fists in the air. “We need money and food,” said a 29-year-old man who made the trek with his 21-year-old brother.
Clearly, the idea is to overwhelm borders as the caravan moves forward. Guatemala has returned 1700 to Honduras on buses and the government officials say the country just doesn’t have the resources to handle so many people. They claim that a group of 4,000 first tried to come through, followed by another group of 2,000. Reports of robberies and violence are being reported. Officials in both Guatemala and Honduras claim that “the caravan is a movement of radicalized forces to destabilize Central American countries.” “It’s very strategic and extremely organized,” a Guatemalan government source told Judicial Watch. “It is very complex, not a simple march. There is nothing spontaneous about it.”
I think common sense tells us that and that is exactly why so many Americans are angry that the caravan has the goal of reaching America. Mexico has offered a deal to accommodate the participants, as Jazz wrote about, but that help is being rejected. It’s the sense of entitlement coming from the migrants that is the most galling. They expect to be accommodated by the American taxpayer and our resources at the border with Mexico must be reinforced with additional American resources, in this case, the American military. President Trump ordered military support and Secretary of Defense Mattis signed off on at least 800 troops heading to the border. They will provide support and logistics to the Border Patrol. (AP)
Troops being sent at Trump’s direction would not be on armed security missions. They would assist the Border Patrol by providing things such as vehicles, tents and equipment. There already are about 2,000 National Guard members there under a previous Pentagon arrangement.
This Yahoo article admits there are, in fact, caravan organizers and these organizers are advising the marchers to rest Sunday instead of forging ahead. The magnitude of the miles to march is setting in and so is the resulting consequences. A child went missing Saturday and is feared to have been abducted. And, yes, this group that has reached Mexico is now being helped by the Mexican government to move forward. Swell.
For the first time an arm of the federal government seemed to be directly helping the migrants advance rather than trying to diminish the caravan. In this case Grupo Beta, Mexico’s migrant protection agency, gave rides to stragglers and passed out water.
The Mexican government can’t seem to decide how to handle the caravan.
The Mexican government seems torn between stopping the migrants from traveling toward the U.S. border or burnishing its international human rights image.
On Saturday, more than a hundred federal police dressed in riot gear blocked a rural highway in southern Mexico shortly before dawn to encourage the migrants to apply for refugee status in Mexico rather than continuing the long, arduous journey north. U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Mexico to prevent the caravan from reaching the border.
Police let the caravan proceed after representatives from Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission convinced them that a rural stretch of highway without shade, toilets or water was no place for migrants to entertain an offer of asylum. Many members of the caravan have been traveling for more than two weeks, since a group first formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Not long after the caravan resumed its advance Saturday, government officials lent them a hand.
So, while the open borders crowd wants to present the caravan as spontaneous and just a lot of desperate people who magically all appeared, it is clear that there are legitimate concerns. Proper vetting is crucial to protect our border. Jumping the line for the privilege of living in America is not acceptable. There are, indeed, gangbanger and nefarious actors from many countries among the crowd of people planning to swarm our border. This is all predictable.
The only way to prevent future caravans is exactly how President Trump and his administration is handling this one – with strong actions protecting America’s sovereignty. This has political elements to it, as the timing is not coincidental this close to mid-term elections. I think in this case, though, the stunt may well backfire and work to Trump’s advantage. Americans are outraged over the boldness of the caravan and seeing some continue to wave their native flags as they vow to storm our border such doesn’t work to the advantage of the open borders crowd.
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