Nov 06

Central American caravan on November 6

Most of the caravan have now reached Mexico City, where they are pausing to regroup. The group is being housed in a sports complex and provided with medical and legal assistance.  While the McAllen/Brownsville area of Texas remains the closest point along the U.S. border, a representative of Puebla Sin Fronteras–an organization supporting the migration–was quoted as saying that California, more than 1700 miles away, is the caravan’s actual target. A previous caravan in the spring made a similar choice but dwindled to 200 before they reached their goal. Reports suggest that the current group may linger a while in Mexico City as plans are solidified. Stay tuned.

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Nov 05

Trump: Rocks Equal Guns

In response to reports that members of the migrant caravan threw rocks at Mexican police, President Trump stated, “We will consider [rocks] a firearm.  .  .  . We’re mot going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them to consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks, like they did at the Mexico military and police, I said, consider it a rifle.”

In further comments, the president stated, “If these caravans are allowed into our country, only bigger and more emboldened caravans will follow–and you see that’s what’s happening now.”

Read more at foxnews.com

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Nov 05

Central American caravans on November 5

As we reported yesterday,  the main Central American caravan (“caravan 1”) has splintered, with its component parts overnighting in various Veracruz towns and cities. Most spent Sunday night in Cordoba, Veracruz, which is 679 miles from the U.S. border by the most direct route. However, the majority seem to want to go by way of Mexico City,  northwest of Cordoba.  Sunday saw the most rapid progress yet, as the caravan, traveling by cars and trucks, covered more than 100 miles that day.

Other members of the caravan spent last night in Puebla City, further up the road toward Mexico City, and about 450 made it all the way to the national capital itself. Mexico City is a convenient starting point to reach many destinations in the U.S., and the direction or directions the caravan will choose from there is uncertain.

Again, no reliable news is currently available on the status and location of the other caravans.

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Nov 04

Central American caravans on November 4

Reportedly tired and quarreling with their leadership, the main Central American caravan (“caravan 1”) split apart somewhat overnight, stopping in various Veracruz towns. Some spent the night in Juan Rodriguez Clara while others rested in Isla, about 13 miles north.  Some caught rides with the aim of reaching Tierra Blanca, further north.  Isla is 730 miles from the U.S. border, while Tierra Blanca is 672. The immediate destination of the various groups appears uncertain, but speculation is that they will veer away from the coast and head toward Cordoba and Puebla, on their way to the U.S. by way of Mexico City.

As we told you yesterday, an agreement with the Veracruz governor to provide buses to transport the group to Mexico City fell through on Friday, causing the group dissension displayed on Saturday.  Nevertheless, stretched thin or splintered, the caravan continues on.

 

There is little reliable word today on the location of caravans 2, 3, and 4, mentioned yesterday.

 

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Nov 03

Central American caravan(s) on November 3

The first and largest caravan (now said by some to number about 3000) moved 50 miles yesterday from Donaji, Oaxaca, to Sayula de Aleman, Veracruz. Still intent on securing buses to Mexico City, caravan leaders at first obtained an offer of transportation from the Veracruz governor, who then retracted it. This morning finds the group in Sayula,  767 miles from the U.S. border.

 

In addition, other caravans have joined the exodus. The second caravan (1000-1500 people) is at Mapastepec, where caravan 1 was eight days ago.  Caravan 3 (also between 1000 and 1500) has crossed illegally into Mexico by fording the Suchiate River about 300 miles south of caravan 1. In addition, a fourth caravan, of about 300, is said to be already in the Mexican gulf coast state of Veracruz, ahead of caravan 1.

 

 

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Nov 02

Caravan Members Sue Trump

Members of the migrant caravan moving toward our Southern border have filed a lawsuit against the President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. District Court in Washington. The lawsuit claims that Trump’s expressed intention to impede the caravan are a violation of their constitutional rights.

Read more at foxnews.com

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Nov 02

Central American caravan on November 2

We’ve been getting some conflicting information about where the caravan is heading.  We told you yesterday that the group appeared to be headed west, toward the town of Jalapa del Marqués. This would have indicated a shift in their expected goal, away from the most direct route to the U.S., near McAllen, Texas. Since then, however, more recent reports indicate that the caravan continues to move along its supposed original path, northward toward Matias Romero.  Matias Romero is in line with what would be the shortest route to the U.S. border, approximately 847 miles away.

 

 

Up until now, we have been tracking the original and largest caravan. Other groups of migrants, of course, are en route as well.  A  smaller group of about 1,000 is some 200 miles behind the first caravan. A third of about 500 from El Salvador are now in Guatemala, and a fourth of about 700, also from El Salvador, left on October 31. We will attempt to keep track of these additional groups, as information becomes available.

 

 

 

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Nov 01

Article Makes Good Points — And Bad Ones

The Quote Below – More Misinformation from the Media

“I’m a George W. Bush, pro-immigration reform Republican, the son of an immigrant and someone who welcomes legal immigrants to our country. But the caravan of roughly 7,000 would-be asylum seekers marching through Mexico toward the U.S. represents all that is wrong with our immigration system. . . .

‘One of the reasons the U.S. is attractive to immigrants is because we are a nation of laws. But that doesn’t mean that the first thing immigrants can do is break the laws to get here. . . .

‘Nor can all immigrants claim refugee or asylum status. Most of those who come here from Mexico and Central America seek to escape poverty in their native countries. If everyone who lives in poverty marched into the United States, our immigration laws would become meaningless and our country would go broke.” – Legal Immigration Enriches America – Illegal Immigration Doesn’t, Ari Fleischer, Fox News, 10/24/18 [Link]

Fact Check of Quote: Most of this article is not misinformation at all. In fact, Mr. Fleischer makes some excellent points about the need to stop illegal immigration. Nevertheless, when he says he’s a “George W. Bush, pro-immigration reform Republican” he undercuts his message. Bush’s notion of “reform” was granting amnesty and a pathway to citizenship to almost all the illegal aliens living in the United States.

What it did was send the message to potential illegal aliens around the world that amnesty was a real possibility, one they might enjoy if they decided to come here. Barak Obama sent out the same message during his administration. Since the first amnesty in 1986, illegal immigration has surged. And is it any wonder that it has when we reward it–and propose to reward it—with amnesty. It’s strange that Fleischer would wish to incentivize the illegal immigration he says he opposes. If he is truly a “George W. Bush Republican,” that’s exactly what he is doing.

His assertion that legal immigration enriches America is misinformation because it suggests that legal immigration is always enriching—regardless evidently of its composition or level. That is as nonsensical as saying that food is always enriching to health. That’s not the case if the food in question is junk food eaten in huge quantities.

Similarly, our massive level of legal immigration is overwhelming our power of assimilation, just as too much food overwhelms digestion. Further complicating the problem is that many immigrants are poor and bring cultural beliefs and values highly antithetical to our own. When we were an undeveloped frontier country, a high level of immigration made some sense. But today we are fully developed—while we maintain the highest sustained level of legal immigration in our history.

Immigration enthusiasts maintain that this deluge is blessing us with “diversity.” But research shows that the more diverse our cities are, the less civic and social cohesion they have. That’s not enriching at all.

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Nov 01

Central American caravan on November 1

The caravan’s leaders were unsuccessful yesterday in negotiating bus rides to Mexico City. The group was therefore scheduled to set out early on November 1, on foot but also by truck and car, toward Jalapa del Marques, approximately 35 miles to the west. This represents a change from their presumed northerly route and thus a change to our map.

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Oct 31

Pompeo to Caravan: No Entry

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the migrant caravan coming up through Mexico will not be allowed to enter the U.S. He stated, “The United States also has a message for those who are currently part of this caravan or any caravan which follows: You will not be successful at getting into the United States illegally no matter what. “I repeat, the caravan will not cross our southern border under any circumstances.”

Read more at breitbart.com 

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