What You Need to Know About the ‘Migrant Caravan’

Republicans have†always†performed well in elections when they can convince voters to pivot to fear — whether it’s fear of people of color,†LGBT people, Muslims or terrorists. So it’s no wonder that in the final days before the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is doing everything he can to convince voters that a dangerous mob of migrants is preparing to force†its way into the United States — and that voting for Republicans is the only way to stop it.

The so-called “migrant caravan” has been dominating the news over the last few days — in part because of the dangerous and outright false statements made by the president. Here’s what you really need to know about the “migrant caravan.”

Who are they, and where are they from?

The “caravan” is a group of Honduran migrants — men, women, children and families — fleeing their home country because of rampant violence and poverty. The more than 1,000 refugees are crossing Guatemala and Mexico primarily on foot, hoping to apply for asylum so that they may enter the United States and eventually become U.S. citizens. They are being joined by others from across Central America, creating a group estimated to be about 4,000 strong.

Why are they leaving Central America?

According to the refugees, because of a lack of jobs, overwhelming poverty and government corruption, Honduras is now a country with little opportunity and a lot of danger. “We are living in very difficult situations in our country to the point that we can’t even defend our own rights. When we defend our own rights, they persecute us. They kill us,” one refugee told NBC News.†”If the United States would investigate more about what happens in our country, they would be convinced that what we Hondurans say is true.”

What does this have to do with Democrats?

Since the only†group†President Trump seems to hate more than immigrants is Democrats, it makes sense that he’s decided to claim they are the ones behind the caravan. On October 18, the president tweeted:

I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S…..

So that George Soros funding story? That’s not true?

Oh, you mean the one where extremist right-wing xenophobes claim that billionaire progressive boogeyman George Soros was passing out cash to encourage migrants to flood the borders of the U.S.? Nope, total lie. And before you dismiss that willful rumor-mongering as no big deal, know that a pipe bomb was just found outside of Soros’ New York home on Monday.

But there are some terrorists coming, too, right?

Nope. Again, a lie — and one the president is desperate that you believe. The New York Times†reports:

There is no evidence that “unknown Middle Easterners” have infiltrated the migrant caravan heading toward the United Statesí southern border.†Reporters with The New York Times and other news media outlets traveling with the caravan say they have not seen any Middle Easterners in the group. No government agency has confirmed Mr. Trumpís claim.

What happens when they get to the border?

Well, some of them already have — and they’re staying in Mexico while the wait to see if asylum will be granted. In fact, many immigrants said they’d be just as happy to stay in Mexico indefinitely if they were allowed. Meanwhile, President Trump†seems to be looking for an excuse to declare martial law or send in troops to the border.

On October 22, he tweeted: “I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic].” President Trump has also threatened to stop aid to the countries who are letting migrants†leave†– which will ironically make those countries’ poverty problems even worse, causing more people to need to flee.

But the simple truth is that of this so-called caravan, the vast majority of migrants are on foot and still†more than 1,000 miles away†from any U.S. border checkpoint — meaning that it will be a month, if not longer, before any crisis would even occur. Of course, the GOP doesn’t really care about this caravan.†Their prime concern†is the election — and that’s a mere two weeks away.

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Paulo R5 days ago

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Paulo R5 days ago

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Dave fleming
Past Member 4 months ago

Thanks for an interesting story.

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Ann B
Ann B5 months ago

the USA is NOT taking care of their seniors and children ---so why it is so hard to say we dont need more people to feed????

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Janis K
Janis K5 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Dave f
Past Member 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing .

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Chad A
Chad Anderson5 months ago

Thank you.

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tammy C
tammy C5 months ago

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Janis K
Janis K5 months ago

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heather g
heather g5 months ago

Well said, Suzanne..... thanks

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