Officials from the Department of Homeland Security have confirmed nearly 300 criminals among the Migrant Caravan's ranks.
We continue to be concerned about individuals along the caravan route. In fact, over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership. Those include a number of violent criminals – examples include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual assault on a child, and assault on a female. Mexican officials have also publicly stated that criminal groups have infiltrated the caravan. We also continue to see individuals from over 20 countries in this flow from countries such as Somalia, India, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. There is a large segment of this population that we know nothing about and we must be prepared to defend our border and enforce our laws to protect the citizens of our country.
This confirms multiple concerns that the right has about the oncoming caravan, including multiple reports of violent criminals among its ranks, as well as unvetted migrants from as far as Somalia and Afghanistan. While liberal media has made multiple attempts to mock President Trump and his supporters for having these concerns claiming that they are baseless, even Spanish-speaking media itself has confirmed Bangladeshis have already been caught among the caravan.
This same DHS text also features comments from Mexico’s Interior Minister Navarrete Prida, who spoke about criminal groups working to coordinate the caravan,
“I have videos from Guatemala that show men dressed in identical clothing, sporting the same haircuts, handing out money to women to persuade them to move to the front of the caravan…We know, for a fact, that some members of the caravan threatened [Mexican] Migration Institute personnel and we have images showing many of them preparing Molotov cocktails.”
The DHS speculates that the Migrant Caravan could arrive at the U.S. border anywhere between five days to two weeks from October 31, varying based upon how many stops they take and how much transportation assistance they receive.