The mainstream media went berserk after a tiny group of vastly outnumbered Border Patrol agents used non-lethal tear gas to stop a crowd of 500 caravan migrants rushing at them to illegally enter the U.S.
News networks put much less attention on the fact that many in the crowd of mostly young male migrants successfully broke through a flimsy section of the unfinished border fence and pushed women and children to the front of the mob, using them as shields as they threw rocks and other projects at border agents.
“What I saw on the border yesterday was not people walking up to border agents and asking to claim asylum,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott told CNN. “In fact, one of the groups I watched...they passed 10 or 15 marked border patrol agents. They were chanting, waving the Honduran flag, and throwing rocks at the agents. If they were truly asylum seekers they would have just walked up with their hands up and surrendered.”
That’s not the image you get from CNN’s supposedly objective but actually selective reporting.
Some of the caravan migrants are getting the message, though: Breaking into the U.S. rather than going through the proper channels will not be tolerated in the Trump administration. In fact, numerous reports are coming from BuzzFeedNews national security correspondent for immigration Adolfo Flores.
“People outside the outdoor shelter are signing up to leave Mexico and return home. Many cite fear of staying after yesterday’s clash at the border and discrimination in Tijuana from residents,” he wrote on Twitter Monday.
Residents of Tijuana, on the Mexican side of the border across from San Diego, rallied last week against the large migrant camps, which have been springing up in their city and bringing in more crime.
"We want the caravan to go; they are invading us. They should have come into Mexico correctly, legally, but they came in like animals," said protester Patricia Reyes.
“What Donald Trump said is true. It’s an invasion!” said another over a megaphone.
Flores also reported the words of Javier Gonzalez, a migrant who is voluntarily going home: “The border is not like people and the news back home says it is...they said it was safe and easy. We came to find the American dream and all we found was a nightmare.”
“An agent with Grupos Beta, the humanitarian arm of Mexico’s immigration authority, told me 30 people from the caravan have elected to self deport this morning,” Flores wrote. “It’s double than the 15 they get daily and believe it’s because people are scared after yesterday.”
Not all the migrants are giving up willingly, though.
“The Mexican govt today said it has deported 98 Central Americans after [the] confrontation on the border on Sunday,” Flores said.
Meanwhile, NBC News has been pushing the narrative that the migrant caravan is largely made up of asylum seekers, most of whom are women and children. But during a live broadcast, an MSNBC reporter inside the largest migrant camp in Tijuana reported that most of the people trying to cross into the U.S. are men, and they’re not seeking asylum — they claim to be looking for work.
That matches up with a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security, which said that “most of the caravan members are not women and children.” It also noted that there are more than 500 known criminals in the main caravan.