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WHO “ORGANIZED” IT?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 22, 2018) — On Monday’s “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity reported that the Central-American “caravan” on its way to the U.S. for nearly a week now contains approximately 15,000 people.
A report from just before 5:00 p.m. EDT reported the number as 7,200.
The number of travelers has ebbed and flowed since the group began its trek October 13 in Honduras. On Monday morning, mainstream media outlets reported that as many as 7,000 people were making their way north, with an additional thousand in a second caravan originating in Guatemala following.
President Trump spoke extensively about the caravan at a rally in Houston on Monday evening, stressing the need to build the wall he has favored between the U.S. and Mexico and calling the caravan “an assault on our country.”
Earlier on Monday Trump told USA Today that he intends to send the U.S. military to the border if the caravan’s progress is not halted, as he had first mentioned on Thursday. On Monday morning, Trump called the approaching caravan a “national emergency.”
Trump and White House spokesman Sarah Sanders said Monday that gang members and terrorists are present within the caravan members’ ranks. Criticized for failing to provide “evidence” of that claim, ABC News reported:
Responding to a question from ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl on whether he has any evidence of terrorists infiltrating the caravan, Trump said: “Go into the middle and search. You’re going to find MS-13 [gang members]. You’re going to find Middle Easterners. You’re going to find everything. Guess what? We are not allowing them in our country. We want safety.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “absolutely” there is credible evidence of Middle Easterners in the caravan of migrants.
“Absolutely,” Sanders said when asked about any evidence of Middle Easterners in the caravan. “And we know this is a continuing problem and it’s not just in this, we have 10 individuals suspected or known terrorists that try to enter our country illegally every day. This is a problem the president’s been talking about for a long time and certainly one we’d like to see addressed,” Sanders said.
Beginning on Thursday, Judicial Watch reported that Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales said at an October 11 inter-nation conference that his country had identified and deported 100 terrorists from the brutal Middle-Eastern group ISIS.
“Guatemala has long been known as a major smuggling corridor for foreigners from African and Asian countries making their way into the U.S. Last year Guatemala’s largest paper, Prensa Libra, published an in-depth piece on the inner workings of an international human smuggling network that moves migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh to the U.S. Individuals are sent to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates then flown to Brazil before heading to Colombia. Once in South America, the migrants are transported to Panama before moving on to Costa Rica then a central point on Guatemala. One Spanish news report refers to Guatemala as a human smuggling paradise because it’s so easy to get fake passports. A few years ago, the head of Guatemala’s passport division got arrested for selling fake passports to a group of Colombians, according to a government announcement,” Judicial Watch wrote in its October 18, 2018 press release.
According to Wikipedia, the current caravans and others preceding it were organized by a group called “People Without Borders.” The organization’s website does not take responsibility for planning the current caravan but collects money and holds events focusing on “asylum seekers” and “unity.”
On Monday afternoon, investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, who is currently in Guatemala following a caravan there, said that the effort was said by participants to be “organized.”
ABC News reported Monday that it has spoken to a number of caravan “organizers.”
Carter tweeted a photo from Guatemala in which she, Judicial Watch’s Director of Investigations and Research Chris Farrell, and Guatemala’s Secretary of Strategic Intelligence, Mario Duarte, are pictured along with several others. Carter wrote that within the caravan she was observing, she “bumped into a number of young MS 13 gang members.”