For the liberals who still think President Trump is way off-base and even racist for suggesting that there are criminals embedded among the migrant caravan making its way from Central American to the U.S. via Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security has released a report dispelling many of the myths surrounding the group.
“You have some very tough criminal elements within the caravan,” Trump said a few weeks ago in remarks made to reporters, according to the Washington Post.
“Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in,” he said a couple days later. “Go into the middle of the caravan, take your cameras and search. Okay? Search. . . . You’re going to find MS-13, you’re going to find Middle Eastern, you’re going to find everything.”
Trump often gets characterized as calling all the people in the caravan criminals, even though he said they’re “mixed in.” On Thursday, Homeland Security backed up his claims.
“Over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership,” the government agency said.
Wait, Trump was right?
“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,” the report continued. “Mexican officials have also publicly stated that criminal groups have infiltrated the caravan.”
But what about Trump’s claim that there are Middle Easterners and people from countries in other parts of the world mixed into 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,” Homeland Security confirmed.
The report goes on to say that a Mexican ambassador recently described some of the migrants in the caravan as “very violent against authority.” Reuters reported that a third caravan clashed violently with Mexican police, and Mexico’s interior minister said migrants were armed with rocks, glass bottles, Molotov cocktails, and rifles.
And then there’s the deeply disturbing part of the report that speaks of an organized effort to get women and children placed at the front of the caravan as human shields.
The interior minister said, “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.”
Heart-wrenching photos of women and children in the caravan sleeping on the ground are what the news media seem to focus on, but Homeland Security says that there are not nearly as many families in the group as people may think.
“Reports on the ground from our foreign partners suggest that approximately 50 percent are single adults,” the report reads. “However, the Guatemalan Intel Minister said that the caravan is employing tactics to push women and children to the front to act as human shields as the caravan pushes against its military forces.”