Because the caravan of greater than 7,000 migrants from Central America fleeing violence and poverty heads towards the Mexico–U.S. border, President Donald Trump has made plenty of false claims in a bid to make the caravan an election problem forward of the U.S. midterms.
Here’s a nearer take a look at the info behind a few of Trump’s claims in regards to the group of people and households from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala looking for a greater life.
“Criminals and unknown Center Easterners”
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In a sequence of tweets early Monday, Trump claimed — with out proof — that “criminals and unknown Center Easterners” had been blended into the caravan.
He later adopted up that declare, telling reporters on the White Home: “You’re going to seek out MS-13, you’re going to seek out Center Japanese. You’re going to seek out every thing. And guess what? We’re not permitting them in our nation. We would like security.”
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Trump later stated: “There’s no proof of something, however there very effectively might be.”
Reporters from a number of media shops embedded with the caravan have all stated there isn’t any proof that “unknown Center Easterners” have infiltrated the gang.
“A staff of AP journalists travelling with the caravan for greater than per week has spoken with Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans, however has not met any Center Easterners, who Trump advised had been ‘blended in’ with the Central American migrants,” the Related Press reported.
Whereas it isn’t extraordinary for individuals of Center Japanese descent to cross the Mexico border, it’s exceptionally uncommon.
The newest knowledge from the U.S. State Division reveals that of the greater than 300,000 individuals apprehended on the southern border final 12 months, simply 61 had been from nations deemed the Center East or Close to East.
‘100 ISIS fighters’
Trump’s feedback seem to comply with a phase on Fox & Pals wherein co-host Pete Hegseth stated that members of the so-called Islamic State had been travelling with the caravan.
“You bought the president of Guatemala saying to an area newspaper down there simply final week, they caught over 100 ISIS fighters in Guatemala making an attempt to make use of this caravan,” Hegseth stated.
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Hegseth seems to be citing a narrative within the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre, which reviews that President Jimmy Morales made a speech claiming to have captured 100 terrorists.
Talking at a convention in Washington, Morales stated that Guatemala had arrested “virtually 100 individuals extremely linked to terrorist teams, particularly ISIS” and “they’ve additionally been deported to their nations of origin.”
He gave the speech on Oct. 11, days earlier than the caravan had shaped.
A senior counter-terrorism official, talking with CNN, acknowledged that whereas there are vulnerabilities alongside the southern and northern borders, “we don’t see any proof that ISIS or different Sunni terrorist teams are attempting to infiltrate the southern U.S. border.”
‘Democrats are paying members of the caravan’
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Talking at a rally in Montana, Trump claimed that “some huge cash has been passing to individuals to return up and try to get to the border by election day, as a result of they suppose that’s a destructive for us.”
“Some huge cash’s been passing by individuals to return up and attempt to get to the border by Election Day as a result of they suppose that’s a destructive for us,” Trump stated. “They wished that caravan and there are those who say that caravan didn’t simply occur. It didn’t simply occur.”
There isn’t any proof to counsel Democrats or different political actors are funding the caravan and no Republican has supplied any proof to assist this allegation.
Final week, Florida congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted a video of individuals he claimed had been in Honduras being handed cash and advised with out proof that the cash could have come from billionaire George Soros.
The video was truly shot in Guatemala, one thing Gaetz later acknowledged. Guatemalan journalist, Luis Assardo, reported that the cash was raised by native retailers to assist individuals buy meals and water for the trek.
‘Some dangerous individuals’
The caravan has change into a favorite goal for Trump whereas talking at rallies.
In Arizona, he stated these within the caravan had been “dangerous individuals” and “not little angels.”
“I didn’t say in all instances. However in lots of instances, these are hardened criminals,” he continued. “These are powerful, powerful individuals, and I don’t need them in our nation and neither does our nation.”
“A fairly large proportion of these individuals are criminals. It’s not occurring on my watch.”
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Trump provided no proof to assist his claims of criminality. When requested for proof by New York Instances journalist Emily Cochrane, Trump replied, “Don’t be a child.”
“Oh, please. Please. Don’t be a child. Okay?” Trump added, “Have a look, simply check out what’s occurred. Take a look at the Mexican troopers which can be laying on the bottom.”
On Oct. 19, members of the caravan and police in Mexico clashed after a standoff with migrants hurling rocks and sneakers at police, who responded by firing tear fuel on the crowds.
At the least six cops had been wounded within the confrontation, in response to the New York Instances.
— With recordsdata from the Related Press.
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