President Donald Trump rolled a live hand grenade into the migrant caravan with his announcement that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with the group. To back up his claim, Trump challenged the media to “take your camera and search” for terrorists hiding in the caravan.
An award-winning journalist did investigate the migrant mob, and is now reporting that Guatemalan intelligence identified people from at least three different overseas countries have joined in with the Central American migrant caravan.
In a tweet posted Monday, independent reporter Sara Carter announced that people from India, Bangladesh, and a country in Africa are now part of the 7,000-strong mob. Caravan members plan to request asylum at the United States border.
The problems now unfolding are ones that conservatives have warned about for years. With no wall to keep out people walking on foot, the United States’ southern border has been largely unenforceable. Human smugglers and other criminals take advantage of the vast stretches of fence-free territory. It’s not hard to understand why this would be a major asset to terrorists aiming to enter the United States. With no clear picture of who the caravan is made of, late joiners and outsiders have a seemingly easy time of blending in. For terrorists, this would be a golden opportunity.
Some even claim the U.S. military should intervene on the southern border, likening the mob to an invasion force.
Carter mentioned that terrorists are not the only party that could exploit this security flaw. Members of the vicious gang MS-13 were present in the caravan as well. The criminal group is infamous for its brutality. Helping to flood American streets with deadly drugs, the gang is partially responsible for the massive surge in opioid-related deaths. Hard drugs are often cooked in clandestine Mexican labs, then smuggled over the border to waiting pushers on the U.S. side.
Identifying problem elements in a crowd of 7,000 is tough. Despite that, Central American intelligence was able to find foreign nationals in the caravan. While that is an impressive feat, the important question to ask is “what did they miss?”
Even missing a few wrong people can have devastating consequences. The Boston Marathon bombing was done by two people. The 9/11 attacks were carried out by only 19 men, but still resulted in nearly 3,000 dead.
With all of the media cameras around, it’s a wonder the foreign nationals were not spotted before. Media presence has been overwhelming, and the caravan is dominating headlines across America.
Some speculate this is much more than a random America-bound caravan, and the reason for the media’s obsession comes down to timing.
With midterms quickly approaching, the American political left has been struggling to find an issue to win on. The caravan seemingly granted that wish by springing into existence, and reporters have been present ever since — even if some of the stories they found destroyed the liberal narrative.
Trump’s time to act is now. The caravan is quickly approaching the border, and shows no sign of slowing. With the elections so close, Trump has the chance to set a strong precedent for how we deal with illegal immigration.
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