During an interview released by Fox News, one man from the massive March of the Migrant caravan stated that "criminals [are] everywhere" in the massive, 10,000-plus crowd that's making its way to the Southwest U.S. Border.
The man then altered this confession with, "But it is not that many. [There are] good people here trying to get through Mexico and then get to the United States. It doesn’t mean that everybody [here] is a criminal."
Migrant admits: There's "criminals everywhere" in the caravan, "it’s criminals in here." pic.twitter.com/RLICY0MNja— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 24, 2018
Debates over immigration have been fiercely splitting the electorate, ranging from the economic concerns to worries over public safety thanks to the massive numbers of migrants who say they plan to try and immigrate to the United States illegally.
President Donald Trump's rise was undoubtedly due in a major part to his hawkish stances on both immigration and trade in order to put American interests first, and this particular migrant caravan seems suspiciously well-timed for right before the Midterm election. However, if it were intended to make Trump look bad to his base, it's having the extreme opposite effect.
As for some of the more damning claims for which Trump has been mocked for lacking "facts," government agencies and central-American media itself seems to vindicate him. A reporter from Hispanic news network Univision confirmed Trump's concerns about unvetted Middle Easterners infiltrating the migrant march. Only yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence claims to have spoken with Honduras' president about Socialist Venezuela funding the caravan as an attack on American sovereignty. Leftist rhetorical appeals to saving women and children among the caravan have been resoundingly refuted by statistical evidence which claims that "about 80 percent" of the migrant caravan's participants are more-or-less military age men "under the age of 35."
Fox News: "About 80 percent" of those in the migrant caravan "are men under the age of 35." pic.twitter.com/hbxywq1ioL— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 24, 2018
What bolsters this particular migrant's claim about "criminals" among the caravan, however, are public statements by the Department of Homeland Security's spokesman Tyler Q. Holton, claiming that they "can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories...Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S."
Holton followed this up by adding that "stopping the caravan is not just about national security or preventing crime, it is also about national sovereignty and the rule of law...Those who seek to come to America must do so the right and legal way."
.@DHSgov can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories.— Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) October 23, 2018