As the Trump administration and others warn that criminals and smugglers are comfortably ensconced within the migrant caravan making its way to our southern border, one wonders if Americans fully understand the chain of consequences if this organized assault is seen to be a success. Do we really know who exactly is in this so-called spontaneous March of the Migrants?
Guatemala, where members of the caravan originated along with Honduras, is a major link on what has rapidly become a global human smuggling route towards the United States. If this mob makes it to our border and is rewarded with significant grants of asylum, traffickers will become even more emboldened and would-be migrants from as far away as Asia and Africa encouraged to take the already-developed smuggling road from across the Atlantic Ocean to South and Central America and then on to the U.S.
A statement by the Department of Homeland Security reveals that at least 270 of the migrant caravan members have criminal histories. “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,” DHS states.
It also reports that “[w]e also continue to see individuals from over 20 countries in this flow from countries such as Somalia, India, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.” This, of course, opens the door for terrorists to use the caravan as cover while they make their way to the U.S.
This, of course, opens the door for terrorists to use the caravan as cover while they make their way to the U.S.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced in October that nearly 100 ISIS terrorists had been captured in his nation. Watchdog group Judicial Watch notes that Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libra published an article in 2017 reporting extensively on “an international human smuggling network that moves migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh to the U.S.”
The ring Prensa Libra spotlighted flew customers to Brazil, a common destination, along with Honduras, for the trans-Atlantic part of smuggling rings, as these countries have notoriously lax visa requirements. Guatemala is a key part of the route since the nation is considered a smuggler’s “paradise,” Judicial Watch reports, due to its location and the ease in getting fake passports there.
Mexican Welcome Mat
These global rings are on the rise. A 2017 Reuters article reports that Mexican immigration officials first began to detect African migrants to Tapachula, a town on Mexico’s border with Guatemala, in 2013. What started as “around six trickled in a day” continued to grow. By 2016, between 150 to 700 African migrants were arriving Tapachula every day, Reuters reported.
An otherwise boring anti-Trump administration article at The Intercept further detailed the Africa-Tapachula connection. It reported that Mexico grants travel visas to 98% of African migrants so they can continue their journey to the U.S. “If they can only get there, Mexico may be the one place in the world right now where it’s easier [than the Mediterranean] to be a refugee from Africa,” The Intercept reports. Great.
Guatemalan officials told Judicial Watch that they had discovered seven unaccompanied children in the caravan being transported by “coyotes.” So we know human smugglers are working the caravan.
Millions of Africans will hear the news of the migrant caravan’s success or failure. With the endless wars and conflicts endemic to that continent, are we opening ourselves up to limitless claims of asylum for any African willing to trek the smuggler’s highway through Guatemala and Mexico right to our front porch?
Human traffickers from around the world are watching to see if the United States folds under the weight of pressure from loud, billionaire-funded progressives and their comrades in the globalist media. If this migrant horde succeeds, millions will follow in its wake.