Who's Organizing the Massive Caravan on Track to Hit the US Border, Just in Time for the Election?
- A caravan of Central American migrants
headed to the United Stateshas become a hot topic
before the upcoming mid-term elections.
The group is now up to 7,000and continue to move closer
to the U.S.-Mexico border.
- CBN's National Security correspondent,
Eric Rosales, spoke withimmigration experts and Eric,
they told you that thisis really a prime example
of a group's grand standingout of desperation and poverty.
- Yes, they certainly did.
You know, President Trumpin Monday said that the
United States will beginto cut off or reduce aid
to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador
as the citizens of thosecountries head for the U.S.
as part of the so-calledcaravan of migrants.
President Trump declareda national emergency
claiming that unknown Middle Easterners
had joined the group.
He tweeted, "Sadly, itlooks like Mexico's Police
"and Military are unableto stop the caravan
"heading to the southernborder of the United States."
- You have some verytough criminal elements
within the caravan.
But I will seal off theborder before they come
into this country and I'llbring out our military.
- This whole problem thathas been going on now
really since 2012 was precipitated by
the Obama's administrationscreation of DACA.
People got the messagethat kids could stay.
- [Eric] Steve Camarota of the
Center for ImmigrationStudies blames Congress
for not fixing the brokenimmigration systems.
Some immigrants, he says, are using these
undocumented children toget their day in court
and never showing up for it.
Camarota adds these Honduranshave traveled to Guatemala
and Mexico and both countrieshave asylum procedures,
but their goal is to liveillegally in a rich country,
like the United States.
- The number of people inthe asylum queue right now
is nearly 300,000 plus.
That has grown more thansix-fold in the last few years.
So, there's been an explosion.
The whole thing haskind of ground to a halt
our ability to process these claims.
Everybody knows that.
Come with a kid.
We'll release you into the United States.
- Heritage Foundation'sSenior policy analyst,
Ana Quintana writes thatformer Honduran legislature,
Bartolo Fuentes, a memberof the radical leftist
Libre party is behind the caravan.
According to Quintana, Libreis not a political party
but a distabilizing movement.
It was founded in 2011by the former President
of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya.
She adds Zelaya is an allyof socialist governments
in Latin America, likethe Castro regime in Cuba.
She calls this caravan anticright out of the left's
disorder and chaos playbook.
It's unclear right now if President Trump
will take unilateral actionto really reduce foreign aid
or if he will actually send troops down
to the southern border.
Pentagon sources I spokewith say right now,
some 2100 National Guard soldiers
are working side byside with border patrol
along the U.S.-Mexico border,
but so far, the Pentagon has not received
any new orders to provide moretroops for border security.
- We know Congress isn'tscheduled to return to Washington
until after the mid-term elections.
- That's right.
- But still, no doubtthese loopholes still
have to be fixed.
- Oh, they certainly do, John.
I mean, why would anyone stop coming?
Ya know, when you look atit, the Ninth Circuit Court
stated that border patrolagents cannot detain
any more families for more than 20 days.
A judge stated that youcan't separate families
and that the families that are separated,
they can't be deported.
So we can't detain them enough
because also Congress failed to fund ICE.
So, these illegals literallyhave a free pass right now.
Now it's been reportedthat Guatemala's President
announced just last week that his country
has apprehended and deported nearly 100
ISIS-linked operativeswho were in the caravan.
As a person who studies national security,
the problem is not a lack of compassion,
but rather a dangerous precedent that
no country has ever allowed.
Ya know, you be able tocome into this country,
get your day in court, and do nothing
when you don't show up.
- Eric Rosales, thanks for that report.
- Alright, Jon.