Mexico’s newly appointed president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, plans to charge those responsible for the migrant caravans.
When thousands of migrants began their trek across the country to Mexico with the intent of seeking asylum in the United States, many Mexican and American citizens wondered who was assisting them.
While it is notable that they walked a good portion of their journey, it was not missed by any except the mainstream media that someone was paying their way, and they should be held accountable for what they have done.
The migrant caravans have advanced to the US border by way of luxury buses. That may come as a surprise to people who have followed the mainstream media news narrative about the caravan.
For weeks the mainstream news has driven a perception that the migrant caravan consists of families fleeing violence in their home countries, by travelling on foot, on the backs of pickup trucks, or clinging to the sides of semi trailers.advertisement - story continues below
However, for those paying closer attention, this perception is questionable. Here a video shows migrants travelling by bus.
A report from Fox News said that about 80% of the caravan are men under the age of 35.
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Fox News reports that "about 80 percent" of those in the migrant caravan "are men under the age of 35." pic.twitter.com/ggTs4HNugT
— Chris Menahan 🇺🇸 (@infolibnews) October 22, 2018
The following report from One America News shows residents of Tijuana protesting the migrant caravan which has descended on their city and expressing pro-Trump sentiments.
Leaders of Central American caravans should face criminal charges and be held accountable for the damage caused to Tijuana as thousands of migrants continue to plague the city, waiting to learn their fate on the US-Mexico border, RT reports.
Members of Pueblo Sin Fronteras (Nation Without Borders), an immigration rights group known for organizing several migrant caravans in Mexico and Central America, as well as other unidentified organizers, should be prosecuted, Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum told Fox News.
“This person who says he is from Pueblo Sin Fronteras… Let’s take care of him, in a legal way,”Gastelum said. “Those are really criminals because they’re dealing with lives, they’re dealing with people… It’s a federal crime.”
Tackling the migrant influx will be Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s first order of business once he is sworn in on Saturday. Top members of Obrador’s cabinet plan to travel to Washington on Sunday to finalize an agreement which would mandate asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed by the US authorities, the Washington Post reported.
Tensions escalated on the southern border last weekend as the US authorities used tear gas on hundreds of migrants who attempted to storm the border into California near the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
“In those six hours that the border was closed, we lost approximately 129 million pesos (US$1.4 million),” according to Gastelum. While the authorities detained 42 migrants, none of those arrested in Sunday’s clash will be criminally charged, an administration official told CNN on Friday. Instead, all 42 face deportation.