As of Sunday, November 25th, parts of the migrant caravan began arriving at the United States southern border. From the latest data provided by the Department of Homeland Security, approximately 8,500 migrants have arrived arrive at the border and are staying in Tijuana or Mexicali.
The migrant caravan has been slowly approaching the border as of October 12th this year, as reported by the BBC. The group started at 160 people, but swelled to 1000. Migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador gathered in San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras, and began their move the next day. As of now, the DHS has reported about 8,500 migrants at or near the southern border.
On Sunday, these migrants began arriving at the U.S. southern border, and the DHS reported that same morning that, “CBP was forced to close the San Ysidro Port of Entry to ensure public safety in response to large numbers of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. illegally. After being prevented from entering the Port of Entry, some of these migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them.”
Throwing rocks at the border patrol personnel and trying to break through the border wall is not how one would claim asylum. Only once the rocks were thrown at patrol agents was nonlethal gas used to prevent further harm.
This hasn’t stopped many mainstream media outlets and Congresswomen like Ocasio Cortez from comparing the migrant invasion to the Holocaust. Cortez tweeted out that applying for refugee status was not a crime, that “it wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria.”
Even celebrities were showing the country how little they know about the policies and events in question. Anne Hathaway posted to Instagram a few days ago saying, “My country gassed children. There are no words for my horror.” These sorts of emotional appeals that take none of the DHS reports, videos, or factual accounts into consideration were prevalent throughout the nation throughout this week, and it was disgraceful to say the least.
On that note, historically less than 10% of the migrants from these countries have actually qualified for asylum. Kirstjen Michele Nielsen, an attorney and national security expert serving as the sixth and current United States Secretary of Homeland Security, stated that, of migrants fleeing from these countries and seeking asylum, “90% are not eligible. Most of these migrants are seeking jobs or to join family who is already in the U.S.” Not to mention, Mexico had already offered asylum to the migrants, and Nielson responded saying that the migrants “have all refused multiple opportunities to seek protection in Mexico or with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.”
It seems that their seeking asylum from their home countries is questionable.
DHS has also “confirmed that there are over 600 convicted criminals traveling with the caravan flow.” The report “includes individuals known to law enforcement for assault, battery, drug crimes, burglary, rape, child abuse and more.” The DHS report added on that, “Mexico has already arrested 100 caravan members for criminal violations in Mexico.” In fact, the Washington Examiner was told by a U.S. Official that Jose Villalobos-Jobel of Honduras, an active gang member of MS-13, was arrested on November 24 “after being spotted standing on the U.S. side of the border east of the port of entry in Calexico, Calif.”. He stated that he “joined a caravan of migrants in the hopes of reaching the border and crossing into the United States.”
Another common misconception spread by the mainstream media was that women and children made up the majority of the caravan. ICE Director Thomas Homan stated on Fox News on Tuesday that “a minority of this caravan is actually family members, women, and children. Most of them are adult males.” He went on to say that “some of the media outlets are playing the game,” meaning that they are spreading this false narrative.
On top of this, most of the young men have admittedly reported that they are coming to the United States seeking better economic opportunity, not asylum. Seeking better economic opportunity is a fine reason for moving to another country, however, that does not qualify someone for asylum. They would have to go through the legal immigration process like everyone else.
The DHS’s Kirstjen Michele Nielsen stated in regards to the uproar that, “The accepted use of nonlethal force (also used by the Obama Administration in 2013) prevented further injury to agents and a mass illegal rush across the border. We will not shy away from protecting our people. I ask parents to avoid violent caravan groups and refrain from attempts to illegally enter our country– these acts will put your children in danger.”
Nielsen makes a good point to mention that the border patrol agents had every right to protect themselves and their citizens from the violence being brought by many members of the migrant caravan. If some of the children there were exposed to tear gas, their parents should have seen the rocks being thrown at the agents and recognized that it was not a good situation to bring their children into.
The media told their viewers that the migrant caravan consisted mostly of women and children who would not bring violence to the border, but, rather, that they were coming to peacefully claim asylum. Given the events that occurred this week, including rocks being thrown at border patrol agents, the border wall being rushed the fact, and video evidence, most of the caravan were not women and children seeking asylum. Most were able-bodied men and this proves that the media has let their viewers down once again.
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