A second caravan has started to form on the Guatemala and Honduras border.
On Monday, I blogged that reporters discovered Bangladeshis mixed in the migrant caravan moving towards the US border.
Now Judicial Watch and Sara Carter have reported that people “from all over the world” are in the caravan as the MSM has slammed President Donald Trump for making claims that criminals and people from the Middle East have joined the caravan.
There’s also a second caravan forming in Guatemala.
Judicial Watch and Sara Carter
The migrant caravan began in Honduras and went through Guatemala to get to the Mexican border. This has caused problems as President Jimmy Morales said the country “has absorbed the huge cost of mobilizing police and military to return thousands of people to Honduras.” Morales stated that this kind of mass immigration “endangers lives” and officials are “doing everything possible to stop the caravan while still respecting human rights.”
Guatemalan officials spoke to Judicial Watch:
“MS-13 gang members have been detained and coyotes (human smugglers) are joining the march with clients who pay to get smuggled into the United States,” a Guatemalan official told Judicial Watch. People from Asian countries waiting to get smuggled into the U.S. through Central America are also integrating with poor Hondurans in the caravan, a high-level Guatemalan government source confirmed. Among them are nationals of Bangladesh, a south Asian Islamic country that’s well known as a recruiting ground for terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). “There are lots of dirty businesses associated with this,” Guatemalan authorities told Judicial Watch. “There’s lots of human trafficking.”
Morales also wants to find out who is behind the caravan. The migrants interviewed by Judicial Watch claim it is an organic and spontaneous event, but Morales and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández disagree:
Guatemalan officials disagree, estimating that the caravan is a movement of radicalized forces to destabilize Central American countries. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, a conservative, echoes that assessment. In a local newspaper report published last week Hernández asserted that leftist interests seeking to destabilize the country are manipulating migrants. Women and children are being used without regard to the risks to their lives, Hernández said. “The irregular mobilization was organized for political reasons to negatively affect the governance and image of Honduras and to destabilize the peace of neighboring countries,” the president said, adding that many have returned to the country after realizing they’ve been fooled.
Another official described the caravan as “very complex, not a simple march” and “nothing spontaneous about it.”
Reuters reported that US officials have not confirmed these claims. Outgoing US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated that we have “to look at political motives behind the caravan” and insisted that “Honduran politicians allied with Venezuelan & Cuban socialist dictators are encouraging the caravan to undermine US-friendly gov’t of (President Juan Orlando) Hernandez.”
Award winning journalist Sara Carter is also in Guatemala:
Guatemalan intelligence discovered people from India, Bangladesh, Africa had also joined in with the caravan -I bumped into a number of young MS 13 gang members. @JudicialWatch Chris Farrell and Guatemalan Secretary of Strategic Intelligence Mario Duarte on the border w/ me pic.twitter.com/qFkRUuXEiv
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) October 22, 2018
From interview today with #Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. Morales told me “We do not want charity, we want cooperation” as he discussed working with U.S. Administration to find the “criminals” who orchestrated the onslaught of migrants heading to the U.S. pic.twitter.com/KLwnMGo73w
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) October 24, 2018
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) October 23, 2018
Questioning the caravan that crossed this afternoon from Honduras into #Guatemala. They were estimating how many were still at the border less than 7 miles from where I was at. pic.twitter.com/yf5rM7JsKq
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) October 23, 2018
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that a second migrant caravan has started to form in a city near the Honduras and Guatemala border:
Church-run charities assisting migrants and activists say as many as 2,500
Hondurans who crossed into Guatemala in recent days have gathered in the city of Chiquimula, near the border with Honduras. But estimates of the size of the new group vary widely, from that number down to a few hundred, according to Francesca Fontanini, spokeswoman for the Americas region for the United Nations office on refugees.
The migrants say they plan to head to Ciudad Tecun Uman, the Guatemalan border town that was overwhelmed by a larger group of migrants who rushed into Mexico over the weekend.
The charity workers said large caravans are ideal because it offers them more protection from traffickers, who often “charge between $4,000 to $8,000 a person for dangerous treks to the U.S. southern border.”
NBC News announced a caravan forming from El Salvador. Sources said it’s still getting together and a report from WhatsApp said they will leave on October 31:
The caravan’s movement is likely to trigger fierce backlash from President Donald Trump who has stoked fear about El Salvadoran migrants, particularly because nationals from the Central American country began the dangerous MS-13 gang.
However, the report indicates the early members of the caravan are immigrant families traveling with children.
It is unclear what has stoked this particular caravan to begin forming, but immigration advocates and experts believe its members may have been inspired by the Honduran caravan and hope to find safety in numbers.
Immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, many of whom travel as families and claim asylum, have presented a challenge for border agents as their numbers have surged under the past two presidential administrations.
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