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What's Behind Trump's Claim that There's Middle-Easterners in the Migrant Caravan?
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22 Oct 2018 09:49 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Donald Trump is desperate to stop the current migrant caravan from landing at the United States/Mexico border and gaining entry.  

It's just two weeks before the midterm elections, and he does not want this issue hanging over him and the GOP. Two years ago he was elected on the promise of building a wall and controlling immigration once and for all. His "Muslim ban" was troubled in the courts from the beginning, and family separations went over like a lead balloon.

 

And that wall is far from being built; he has struggled to get the funding for it. His promise of making Mexico pay for it didn't go over too well with our neighbors to the south, meaning it's left up to taxpayers, and lawmakers are having a difficult time agreeing on how to extract that money from them. 

For the past few weeks there has been a caravan heading north from Honduras through Mexico, with the ultimate goal of seeking asylum in the U.S. Trump has done everything so far to try to stop them. He's threatened to use the military to close the border, he's threatened to pull out of the trade deal with Mexico, and he's blamed the Democrats.

 

Monday morning he tweeted, "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic]. Must change laws!" 

Up until now all we heard was that there were mostly Hondurans in the crowd. However, truth be told, the crowd started with between 1,600 and 2,000 people, and now has more than doubled with more than 5,000 people. It's unknown where those people came from, but it seems doubtful that Middle-Easterners flew to Honduras to join the caravan.

 

So why would he tweet that? It seems as if it's a desperate attempt to energize his supporters and to get them to see that he's doing everything he can to carry out his promise to close the border yet blaming it once again on his favorite targets: Middle-Easterners and criminals. 

In his first speech as a presidential candidate he mentioned that Mexico isn't sending all their best people over the border and that there were rapists, and they were bringing drugs and crime. He also said, "It's coming from more than Mexico. It's coming from all over South and Latin America, and it's coming probably — probably — from the Middle East."

 

He said overall at the end that he would repeal and replace Obamacare, he'd built a great wall inexpensively that Mexico would pay for; that he would be tough on ISIS; he would find the right guy to lead the military; he'd stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons; he'd terminate former President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration; that he would fully support and back up the Second Amendment; that he'd save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "without cuts;" that he'd reduce the debt, strengthen the military, and "make American great again." 

Let all that sink in and then remember that he's had it in for Mexico, South and Central America, and the Middle East since day one. He's called them criminals. He's said they are bringing drugs. And he's said they are rapists.

 

Trump signed an executive order just days into his presidency that was referred to as the "travel ban" or sometimes the "Muslim ban." He targeted refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It was then blocked as well as upheld in court numerous times and was also replaced at one point.  

The most recent version of the travel ban was upheld in June by the Supreme Court. Trump has no reason to go back to blocking Middle-Easterners from entering this country. This current fight isn't about them. It's about Central Americans. But Trump badly needs to energize his base and needs to get people upset and willing to do something, so he's throwing Middle-Easterners in there.

 

As for there being criminals in the mix of 5,000 people, there probably is at some point, as you can't take a random group of people and avoid all criminals; however, for the most part these people are escaping the crime in Honduras. They're not creating it.  

The last time a caravan came to the U.S., the Trump administration decided to do something desperate and enacted family separations. It went very badly. He wants to project himself as a winner, but he lost badly with that. He had to issue a new executive order changing that policy and then was forced by the courts to reunite families, although some families never did find each other again.

 

But Trump said back then he believed family separations would stop the migrant surge. It obviously didn't if there are now 5,000 people on the way to the U.S. who believe they can be granted asylum. 

What it comes down to is this: he's creating his own problem. The more and more noise he makes over the immigration issue, the more it makes the news, big news, and the more it reaches people down there in Central America. But they are so desperate for a better life, that all they keep hearing is that there is a better life in the U.S. The more and more he talks about it, the more and more they hear it.

 

Donald Trump is creating his own immigration problem. We never heard of caravans of more than 5,000 people coming up before. And that's because prior presidents weren't shouting in rallies and on Twitter about how great it is in the U.S. and about all the people who want to come into the country. 

If he wants to fix this problem, maybe his first step should be to be quiet and stop mentioning criminals and Middle-Easterners for the sole purpose of inciting his followers.

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